"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."
"I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this." -- Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was no friend to Google's Android operating system as witnessed by numerous lawsuits filed against Android partners this past year. Android-based smartphones were seen as a mere annoyance when they first broke onto the scene in late 2008, but by early 2010, Steve Jobs was growing a bit tired of the inroads Google and its partners were making on its turf. That's when the lawsuits started, with HTC getting the first jab from Apple.
Things got so heated between Apple and Google that former Google CEO (and current chairman) Eric Schmidt stepped down from his position on Apple's Board of Directors.

Now with Steve Jobs' biography nearing its October 24 release, a number of excerpts have been leaked out to the public including Jobs' incredible disdain for the Android operating system and what he saw as blatant theft on the part of Google. According to the Associated Press, which purchased a copy of the book early, Jobs launched into a profanity-laced tirade when speaking to biographer Walter Isaacson about Android:
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. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this.
In a later meeting with Schmidt (likely the meeting discussed here), Jobs made it clear that he had no plans to settle on this matter:
I don't want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won't want it. I've got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want.
Since that time, Google definitely hasn't backed down with Android, and its position in the market place has only gotten stronger. According to ComScore, Google's Android operating system is installed on 43.7% of smartphones in the U.S. compared to 27.3% for Apple. Likewise, Android's share of the market globally is just under 50% compared to 19% for Apple according to Canalys.

Source: Associated Press

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