"I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product." - Steve Jobs This was said back in 2010 I think. I am by no means an expert on the subject and do not yet own an Android device, but having recently read a nice article called Android: A visual history over at The Verge, something that struck me is that Android started with a different approach than Apple for it's touch screen OS and many of the features that later emerged in Android were not taken from Apple but were first made and implemented by Android developers (very much like Apple borrows stuff from apps that are not allowed in the app store). I know that one of the things that made Jobs lose it and decide to go thermonuclear on Android was the implementation of multi-touch but does that means that Android is a stolen product? As far as I could see from the Verge article, Android (meaning vanilla version) has always kept a different look and functionality than the iPhone and most of the features found in the latest version are improvements of what they had before or an implementation of what Android developers were doing. I don't know, I think much is made over Eric Schmidt being on the board of directors but as far as I know he willingly removed himself from any iPhone related meetings (note that Google bought Android in 2005 and was planning to get into the smartphone business by then). Yet people (and I guess Jobs as well) act as if Schmidt was in all the meetings quietly listening and secretly taking notes in order to steal Apple's ideas. I get that Apple popularized the whole touchscreen form factor, definitely deserve their credit. But does the mere fact that other companies (Google and their OEMs) saw an opportunity with this type of product makes Android a stolen product, as Jobs said?