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  • Steve Jobs' Vow To "Destroy Android"


    It isn’t much of a surprise for iOS users to dislike Android products and furthermore, it isn’t much of a surprise to find out that Steve Jobs felt the same way. Android has been seen as one of the biggest competitors for the iOS platform for quite some time now and people argue with pros and cons for each daily.

    According to the Associated Press, which ended up getting an early look at the upcoming Steve Jobs biography written by Walter Isaacson, Jobs said the following 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.
    The statement was Jobs’ response to the introduction of an HTC handset in January 2010. The HTC handset was too similar to the iPhone and had angered Jobs. This is when Jobs met with Eric Schmidt and discussed what he called was “grand theft.” During this discussion, Jobs told Schmidt that he would not accept any settlement, no matter what the price was and he even ordered the Google chief to stop copying the iPhone. Although, Android handset makers didn’t really listen and many smartphones still to this day try to imitate the iPhone, Jobs’ stand does help us understand all the legal battles that Apple is currently involved with, in an attempt to secure the company’s intellectual property.

    With the iPhone 4S injunctions between Samsung and Apple, to Samsung going as far as claiming their new Galaxy Nexus smartphone is designed to avoid any patent infringement cases it seems like some Android handset makers are heavily involved in the whole scenario.

    I personally believe that in many cases, Jobs did succeed to a certain extent with “destroying Android.” Although Apple’s iPhone 4S might not have the best hardware in the market, the iOS platform is one of the most refined platforms that appeals to consumers of all skill levels. Give the iPhone to someone as skilled as a developer or to someone who may be new to technology such as a grandparent and the iOS platform seems to impress not only both but everyone in between as well (generally). Apple even went as far as not showcasing any hardware specifications in their latest advertisement for the iPhone 4S and is receiving positive feedback. Furthermore, the iPhone 4S has been a huge success despite receiving disappointing initial reviews and the company having Steve Jobs on their homepage for 2 weeks during its release.

    How do you feel about the whole ordeal? Share any thoughts and comments below!

    Source: Associated Press
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Steve Job's Vow To "Destroy Android" started by Akshay Masand View original post
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    1. Buckmaster's Avatar
      Buckmaster -
      Lol, I was waiting for a larger screen Iphone 5, and whan it did not come, I bought an Galaxy s2 and gave my iphone 4 to my daught to play with. I have no regrets, Galaxy s2 is amazing. It does stuff right out of the box that Iphone 4s cant do, even if you JB it. I am not hacking on Iphone, very well made phones, but to say it is the best, I guess it depends on who you ask. If Iphone 4s would of had a bigger screen, I would still be a iphone fan boy. But after getting use to android and the freedom it offers, can,t see me going back to Apple. But I am not saying never. My vision has went down hill in the last few years and the larger screen rocks. But the are many thing I miss from the iphone, just not enough to come back, anyways, not right now.