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Old Oct 20, 2011, 10:25 PM   #1
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From Steve Jobs' Biography: "I'm going to destroy Android"






The Associated Press obtained an early copy of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography and shared some highlights.

In particular, they share Steve Jobs' reaction to HTC's 2010 introduction of an Android phone that shared many features of the iPhone. Jobs told Isaacson that Google's actions amounted to "grand theft."
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"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs said. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
Jobs met with Google's Eric Schmidt later and told Schmidt he wasn't interested in settling for any amount of money. Instead Jobs told Schmidt, "I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want."

Jobs' attitude against Android helps explains the lawsuits that have come from Apple against both HTC and Samsung. Both legal actions have resulted in countersuits as well as attempts to ban sales of devices around the world.

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Old Oct 20, 2011, 10:28 PM   #2
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iphone rulez!

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Old Oct 20, 2011, 10:28 PM   #3
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He's definitely passionate about protecting his company's ideas...
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 10:29 PM   #4
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Good. That's exactly the attitude Apple should continue to have about Android with Steve gone. It's a cheap knock-off of a beautiful product that took no imagination to copy.
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 10:29 PM   #5
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Rightly so. Specially after that switch Mr. Mole did to him introducing the first Android.
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 10:29 PM   #6
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He could have killed android if he allowed flash and made a new design instead of the iphone 4s. Not that it isn't a great phone, but it could have beat android in so many ways.
It could have? I think IOS is already beating the android
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 10:30 PM   #7
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Android is one of the most poorly executed "ideas" in the history of technology. Rubbish.
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 10:30 PM   #8
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That quote is just so mesmerizing, I can't wait for this book to come out!
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His passion is so inspiring, really.
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 10:31 PM   #10
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As much as I love Apple and Steve Jobs, this is a tad bit unfair. Both companies took things from each other...
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He could have killed android if he allowed flash and made a new design instead of the iphone 4s. Not that it isn't a great phone, but it could have beat android in so many ways.
Yeah, God knows if Apple took the same exact insides from the iPhone 4S, but put them in a new shell, Android would be all like "No!!!1! We're gonna stop copying now! Bummer dude!! Weaksauce forever!!!"

And Flash? Really? Does anyone really miss Flash on their iPhone or iPad? I don't. First, my battery lasts longer without it. Second, my device isn't chugging to load that crap. Third, it's a virus portal that I don't have to worry about. And fourth, Flash barely works on a lot of mobile devices anyway.
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It could have? I think IOS is already beating the android
I think android has more market share now or it will soon at least. Android is ok but the fragmentation sucks. Waiting for an app to be made for your particular device is stupid.
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He could have killed android if he allowed flash and made a new design instead of the iphone 4s. Not that it isn't a great phone, but it could have beat android in so many ways.
That's the two worst ideas I've heard. Flash is horrible on battery life for mobile phones and why does Apple need to come out with a new design every year?

They've already sold 4 million iPhone 4S'. They must know what they are doing.

Oh, the iPhone 4's revolutionary design is so 2010 </sarcasm>
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 10:34 PM   #14
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Steve don't worry. . . We'll destroy Android for you

Not that Apple has to try though. Competition is good and so is choice. I choose Apple. (I know it's extremely early but just imagine what iOS 6 will bring.) Don't stone me!

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Old Oct 20, 2011, 10:34 PM   #15
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 10:34 PM   #16
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I would love to know exactly which ideas were "stolen".
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I wonder if the quote is real. Not only didn't he destroy Android he didn't even manage to spend any money not doing it. Instead he saved up 40 billion more.
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He could have killed android if he allowed flash and made a new design instead of the iphone 4s. Not that it isn't a great phone, but it could have beat android in so many ways.
I just lost some braincells reading this.
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Whats surprising is that this quote is actually true. Jobs was literally on his death bed working to destroy android, such passion is so hard to come by.
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What a ... boss.

Go steve!!
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I would love to know exactly which ideas were "stolen".
Let's see...

Why don't we start with...

The whole damn OS???
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 10:37 PM   #22
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Wow, what a jerk. Jobs truly is evil.
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That's a long way from "Microsoft doesn't have to lose for Apple to win," his statement that won me over when he first became CEO for the second time.
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Wow, what a jerk. Jobs truly is evil.
Yeah, wanting to stop a cheap, utilitarian, "just-barely-good-enough", glitchy, buggy, virus-ridden copy of something your company spent years and millions of dollars on...what a total dick.

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