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Posted on 10/21/2011 7:07:59 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
21 October 2011 Last updated at 09:40 GMT
Steve Jobs vowed to 'destroy' Android
Steve Jobs said he wanted to destroy Android and would spend all of Apple's money and his dying breath if that is what it took to do so.
The full extent of his animosity towards Google's mobile operating system is revealed in a forthcoming authorised biography.
Mr Jobs told author Walter Isaacson that he viewed Android's similarity to iOS as "grand theft".
Apple is suing several smartphone makers which use the Android software.
According to extracts of Mr Isaacson's book, obtained by the Associated Press, Mr Jobs said: "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
He is also quoted as saying: "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."
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You can have my DroidX when you take it from my cold, dead fingers!
The Wright brothers tried to patent flying. Imagine if one of the automakers had successfully patented using an internal combustion engine to power a vehicle, or patented the use of inflated tires.
Bring your iPhones to me so that my new Droid Bionic can crush them. (OK, if I was going to crush iPhones, I’d use an HTC Thunderbolt. Those suckers are HEAVY.)
Competition is a good thing. I have no beef with Apple or their products, in fact I freely admit, as an Android fan, that the iPhone was the trailblazer that led the way for the modern smartphone. But I like the fact that there’s Android and Blackberry and Windows Phone (snicker) out there keeping Apple honest and innovating. Choice is good.
—Mr Jobs told author Walter Isaacson that he viewed Android’s similarity to iOS as “grand theft”. —
Airbus airplanes are similar to Boeing airplanes. Most passengers don’t know the difference. Is there grand theft involved?
—Mr Jobs told author Walter Isaacson that he viewed Android’s similarity to iOS as “grand theft”. —
Heck, I go through a lot of rental cars. Except when I rented a Hummer H3, they all pretty much look the same inside.
Would that be anything like swiping the Mac GUI from PARC Meester Jobs???
Me too, love my droid. Not so much, google.
“Android still lives”
This would be the same Steve Jobs who said something to the effect of "We [Apple] have never been ashamed to steal a great idea" or something along those lines? Didn't Jobs get the idea for the mouse from some government or military computer system he saw, among other things?
At least now his liberalism begins to make sense - he was a hyprocrite, like all liberals.
Imagine if cave painters had patented painting pictures on substrates. Jobs had his pluses and minuses but if he had gotten his way we would’ve all been forced to pay Apple a premium and progress would have been enslaved to whatever pace Apple had seen fit. There would not have been PC diversification or smart phone diversification all which are good for consumers and not really bad for companies like Apple either but the problem is companies think they are entitled not to have competition and that is just as dangerous a concept as those worthless fools protesting on Wallstreet. The sense of entitlement that I am so special that I should not have to prove myself in the competition of life is one that leads to stagnations and dependency. I don’t want to be dependent on government or enslaved to big businesses who shut out the competition with generally broad patents and by leveraging political connections to get laws passed that give them an unfair advantage over competitors and consumers.
Interesting comment from one of the ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’.
Everybody would be much happier with a Windows Phone than either the iPhone or the Andriod anyway
Jobs took the whole icon interface idea from Xerox.
To borrow (and mangle) a phrase from Whoopi Goldberg, Jobs evidently didn't consider that to be "theft theft"...
Apple offered stock options to Xerox in return for getting access to the PARC research.
Android was a grand betrayal on Google´s part - they had a seat on Apple´s board of directors, and appearently used that in order to swipe the iPhone concept in order to remake what was originally supposed to be a BlackBerry ripoff into an iPhone ripoff. I don´t blame Jobs for being pissed at Google for that.
Same here. Love it. I'm trying to talk Mr. Inspectorette into upgrading to a Droid from his old Motorola flip phone - LOL.
I used to hate Apple stuff but now have a Macbook Pro and iPad and love them.
I have been a Droid person....quite strongly so actually. I hated the lack of freedom you have with an iDevice.
However, from just a few days/weeks into getting my Droid last April, it has been sluggish and slow to respond, only getting worse with time. This is apparently a problem with a lot of Droid models, not just my “original” one.
I am seriously considering going to the iPhone when I can do so in November.
I will miss the following: option to run Flash in the rare times I need it, widgets/customizing home screens....have a calendar and to do widget that are both invaluable and do not kill system resources since they are largely static, moving phone “desktops backgrounds,” easy app for free tethering (use this on the few trips from TX back to KS and refuse to pay Verizon a monthly tethering fee for something I only use twice a year), and finally, the ability to use my phone as a USB drive to transfer files back and forth without having to use Itunes to sync everything.
That said, while I will miss those things, I will gain a phone that actually WORKS. And some of those issues can be remedied once a jailbreak comes available for the iPhone 4s.
I was willing to live with the Droid because I wanted those things that Apple refuses to allow.
But, at some point, a phone that doesn’t take a minute to load the home screen after you wake it from sleep is a bigger desire than having Flash. I can’t tell you how annoying it is waiting for my Droid to “think” about everything. My wife’s iPhone 4s is lightning fast.
Yep, I have the Droid 2 Global, which is “obsolete”, but is better, easier to use, and faster than my wife’s new iphone. I plan on getting the Droid Bionic next.
I’m the opposite of you. I have an iPhone3G and various iPods. I bought a Barnes and Noble Color and immediately rooted it with CyanogenMod 7.
I still used my iPhone for work but I use the Nook a lot more to read books (Colonel Jeff Cooper currently), watch movies over my LAN, etc. We bought two Nooks for the price of one iPad.
I had a smartphone before they were popular. As a matter of fact I owned two generations of them before an iPhone even saw the light of day.
The argument that apple actually started the smartphone is simply not true.
Stolen product? Sort of like Smalltalk, or Xerox Parc?
He got the idea for the mouse, GUI, and networked computers from a demo conducted by Hewlett-Packard in the 1970s.
I suspect Apples shareholders would prefer a different approach.
list the pluses of your droidx over iphone, please.
And Xerox did not accept that deal. Whose private property was that GUI?
I'd be willing to bet that you have never cleared the cache and that most of your apps are running.
That said, Android is a ripoff of iOS, at least the look and feel. There are 100 ways of doing a touch interface, look at Windows Phone, quite different from iOS. Android is a ripoff, so I can understand Steve's problem with it.
Not a fanboy or a hater, just an honest user.
“list the pluses of your droidx over iphone, please.”
Free music and better GPS accuracy (I use Runkeeper to track my runs and post them to FB for motivation so this is important to me). Has an SD card for storage. We don’t own a computer to dump the memory of my wife’s iphone onto so having the removable SD card is better for us. Also it is easier to use in my opinion.
didn’t apple already try this claiming windows was a rip off of macintosh?
Windows was a Steve Jobs creation that Bill Gates legally ripped off. He should have covered his behind had signed an NDA before letting Gates in to see his creation/ideas.
Q: Where does Apple do most of its R&D?
A: In its legal department.
As a developer and user of both, Job’s is right. But then again, Jobs “stole” the GUI OS from XEROX, so what comes around goes around.
sour grapes.. it sounds to me.
if every “inventor” got his or her fair due, many of today’s digital magnates would not even be on the list of who came up with what... only those who saw fit to refine or appropriate “secret technologies” and improve them , not exploit them.
Xerox PARC invented the mac/windows/gui style user interface, not Jobs. Jobs lifted it from them. Gates lifted it from Jobs and PARC after it showed promise.
You cannot copyright ideas like this and and most of the concepts were prior art so (assuming the patent office was competent, which it isn’t) no coverage there.
My Android is still working fine... Jobs... not so much.
Never claimed it was better/faster/more capable.
Never used an iPhone - wouldn't know - but I know this:
I like my DroidX.
Cleared my cache fairly often, but I do have lots of apps running.
Guess that’s one item on his bucket list he didn’t quite get to. :-)
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That’s some crazyass sheeet. The cancer was warping his mind. Also loony toon hyper-competitiveness for greater glory....this just might give you cancer
Apple is the darling of CNBC and Wall Street. All this adulation went to his (Steve Jobs) head
No, because Apple PAID Xerox $7,000,000 for the visits to just look AND USE what the learned in their two eight hour visits at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center. Apple took NO CODE, NO SOFTWARE, and the look and operation of Apple Finder is completely different than Xerox smallTalk. A CEO of Xerox several years after the fact, who was not involved, attempted to sue Apple for the "infringement, but the case was tossed out when Apple presented the signed agreement. QED, no "theft" or "swiping" took place.
You've been told this before. Yet you repeat the lie. Why?