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  • Walter Isaacson: Steve Jobs Really Did Hate Android


    Remember when Steve Jobs said this?

    Originally Posted by Steve Jobs:
    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.
    Walter Isaacson is the man behind Steve Jobs' biography. He has come forward to explain that Steve Jobs really did have a problem with Android, which is opposing the words recently spoken by Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page saying, "I think the Android differences were actually for show. I had a relationship with Steve."

    Isaacson, having spent a ton of time with Jobs to compile the biography, came around to Steve's views on Android versus iOS on many accounts while with him. Isaacson illustrates Jobs' feelings about Android as he is quoted saying, "Google rips it off. It's almost copied verbatim by Android. And then they license it around promiscuously. And then Android starts surpassing Apple in market share, and this totally infuriated him. It wasn't a matter of money. He said: 'You can't pay me off, I'm here to destroy you'."

    Citing MacRumors, Isaacson believes Tim Cook will take a different approach to handling the way Apple operates in co-existence with Android. Jobs was very closed minded when it came to competing products making sure people believed Apple was the best and there was no other practical choice, which is why it angered him so much when consumers flocked to Android and why Jobs always went on the offensive against Android. Isaacson believes Cook will instead try to "settle" all of these lawsuits between Apple and other manufacturers of Android smartphones rather than leave them on the full-blown offensive.

    Sources: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Walter Isaacson: Steve Jobs Really Did Hate Android started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 86 Comments
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpotoso View Post
      Rabid fanboys always make my day.
      Yeah too bad I'm not a fanboy because I actually owned an Android before and it was crap :P
    1. Hlxanthus's Avatar
      Hlxanthus -
      I have an lg Optimus as my phone and an iPad 2. I will admit, for me the big draw of android to me is the customization it allows. I can install a new rom when ever I feel like a new change, using launchers to customize the homepage ui, different keyboards like swype.then there are truely innovative roms like cyanogen which takes pure android and tweaked it to the nines.

      Now I love my iPad, but at the time I bought it the android tablet market was suffering major growing pains, and had zero apps I wanted so I got the iPad 2. Would I do it different today if I had the choice? I don't know. To me apple needs 2 things to truely win me. Customization and external memory. Apple give me those and I will jump ship. I really hate iOS ui but have softened my feelings on this by jailbreaking and doing some of the limited tweaks that seem to work for the iPad.
    1. nicrfe's Avatar
      nicrfe -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
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      +1
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by rehtaehy73 View Post
      Come on. Anyone saying they're HAPPY that he died is horrible.
      He would have used his leverage to destroy a competitor by burying it in lawsuites. If he was sincere, in my eyes, HE is horrible for that.

      Quote Originally Posted by xLastWishx View Post
      I understand your views but you must understand that being happy that someone dies when they've done nothing to harm you is simply disrespectful and inhumane.
      I clearly stated I am happy he died when he did. He wasn't able to throw all his money at Android and bury it. He was arrogant to the point that he didn't seek proper care for his ailments, and that was the end of him. It sounds like he would have attempted to harm me, THE CONSUMER, by trying to destroy Android. In short, get over yourself. His death may have kept Android alive (or his words about Android may have been a scheme to rile up the cult long after he was gone). Not like I assassinated him. Sheesh.

      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
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      Seems you should consider your own advice here...
    1. littlelisa63's Avatar
      littlelisa63 -
      "3 Apples changed the world: Adam and Eve's forbidden apple, Newton's apple and finally Steve Jobs' Apple"
    1. chad daddy's Avatar
      chad daddy -
      It's clearly a preference thing.
      People they all check your Facebook okay?!?!?
      iPhone does have a better battery tho. But no 4g
      That's why it depends on the person this arguing is ridiculous.
    1. mattjg's Avatar
      mattjg -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
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      someones had a bad day...........
    1. Slimz's Avatar
      Slimz -
      From someone who's had every generation of iPhone, and now an GSII owner, there are so many differences, yet so many similarities. Things on the iPhone, they work. Period. Everything. It's part of the product, it's how the manage the product, it's how the build the devices. Is it better? No, it really isn't. I find them both to be wonderful mobile experiences, in different ways.

      I don't normally get into the Android and IOS debates, as it's purely what you prefer as a consumer. I find things on my iPhone that are far superior, better in functionality, and vise versa. Rooted, with a custom ROM, you cannot touch the speed of Android. But, it manages memory poorly, and it bottlenecks. iOS doesn't seem to struggle with that as badly. But it has a techie feel, a much bigger screen, and honestly, I prefer the interface now that I've used one for some length of time. One thing about Android is it continues to evolve - it's constantly getting better. It's growing.

      And I will say this, in it's stock form, a Galaxy SII battery is god awful. Root it, new kernel, a custom rom, and the battery life is amazing. I loved my iPhone's, but Android has come a long, long way.
    1. xLastWishx's Avatar
      xLastWishx -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I clearly stated I am happy he died when he did. He wasn't able to throw all his money at Android and bury it. He was arrogant to the point that he didn't seek proper care for his ailments, and that was the end of him. It sounds like he would have attempted to harm me, THE CONSUMER, by trying to destroy Android. In short, get over yourself. His death may have kept Android alive (or his words about Android may have been a scheme to rile up the cult long after he was gone). Not like I assassinated him. Sheesh.
      So if someone were to say, I'm glad your mom died when she did would that be okay? Also he may not be able to throw his money at Android and bury it but he made more of an impact to the world than Android has ever done, regardless if Apple 'copied' some part of Android's elements. I also meant physical harm by the way. In short, get over YOURSELF. His death had nothing to do with Android's life, that OS is so fragmented that it's technically dead anyways since approximately 3% of all Android devices run the current operating system. MOST Android phones run Gingerbread still and last time I checked, that was released in 2010 and updated in 2011 to from 2.3 to 2.3.7. iOS5 was even a WORLDWIDE trending topic on Twitter, Android is barely mentioned EVEN when Instagram was released for it. I didn't even say nor implied that you assassinated him so I don't know what you're talking about. Sheesh.
    1. CrAzYiaN's Avatar
      CrAzYiaN -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
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      1. dude you gotta calm down man..
      2. everyone is entitled to there own opinion.
      3. i've had both and there both good in there own ways.
    1. Kenn@rd.'s Avatar
      Kenn@rd. -
      Quote Originally Posted by CrAzYiaN View Post
      1. dude you gotta calm down man..
      2. everyone is entitled to there own opinion.
      3. i've had both and there both good in there own ways.
      I agree, both phones have different things that we want/like in a cellular device, have had both, and I'm a first-timer(I phone) and let me tell the masses in my own opinion; this phone is awesome
    1. rehtaehy73's Avatar
      rehtaehy73 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmay227 View Post
      Sj was a **** everyone knows he was a ****. just because he died doesn't make him a saint. and for everyone who says android sucks, you precious iPhone just added quite a few features in ios 5 that android had long before. iPhones are for simpletons. android take a little more effort in the brain dept. also google doesn't make phones so the release 1 phone a yr comment is stupid. google does it because it make a shitload of cash licensing out the os.
      Really?? Iphones are for simpletons? I have often heard how Android is for the people who don't know how to use Mac products. How much more seamless can you get than icloud to all your devices? I do not understand people like you. Android is a virus ridden rip off, just like Pc's. Been on both platforms and BY FAR Mac makes a better product, hardware and software. They just WORK. No crashes. No viruses. No BS. But hey, I guess it's easier for you! Just look at your punctuation and spelling, tells it all.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      This is the only warning I will give everybody. Keep it a clean debate and not personal attacks. Insulting or harrasement of other members is against the rules and you will receive an infraction.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
      You should consider educating yourself and rethink about your life before posting idiotic comments.
      Speak for yourself.
      Android is awesome. It's only getting better with google play and ICS. It's now a legitimate contender with iOS, and in my opinion superior. Please keep your fanboyish comments to yourself. "Android is crap!"...."lol
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
      removed.

      This is hilarious... "Android is crap... iPhone doesn't lag, freeze, and battery lasts the whole day. Try doing that with your Android."

      You generalize everything. Maybe you should educate yourself. You "HAD" an android? I bet it wasn't ICS, which is phenomenal! I have ios5 and ICS and ICS is more appealing.

      Either way.. Windows Phone is going to at least knock Android out, and give IOS a run. Metro is gorgeous. Nokia Lumia this sunday, i might get it or wait for Windows 8
    1. d_animality's Avatar
      d_animality -
      i think this article is trolling ... this debate.. the stealing ideas... its been talked over and over... boriingg~!
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      IOS / Android debate, brings them out a swing'in. I've always been a Apple supporter, they work for me. I've never had any reason to use a Android device. This argument will last forever, and there's never a definite winner.
    1. mcuningham's Avatar
      mcuningham -
      Let's be honest... Steve Jobs didn't exactly create anything new with the iPhone itself. It was the "cool" factor and association with the iPod that garnered its original popularity. mp3, touch screen, icons, accelerometer, none of that was new. Not until the App store did Apple really start to differentiate, and even Blackberry beat them to that... Apple just commercialized it. They did it better. That's it, really.
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Speak for yourself.
      Android is awesome. It's only getting better with google play and ICS. It's now a legitimate contender with iOS, and in my opinion superior. Please keep your fanboyish comments to yourself. "Android is crap!"...."lol
      How am I a fanboy when I own a PS3, PC, Wii, iPhone, an LG tv? Do you even know what a fanboy is? Keep your unintelligent comments to yourself. LOL

      Quote Originally Posted by Colby21 View Post
      This is hilarious... "Android is crap... iPhone doesn't lag, freeze, and battery lasts the whole day. Try doing that with your Android."

      You generalize everything. Maybe you should educate yourself. You "HAD" an android? I bet it wasn't ICS, which is phenomenal! I have ios5 and ICS and ICS is more appealing.

      Either way.. Windows Phone is going to at least knock Android out, and give IOS a run. Metro is gorgeous. Nokia Lumia this sunday, i might get it or wait for Windows 8
      Keep on deluding yourself...
    1. Venom1234's Avatar
      Venom1234 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GooseG View Post
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      You mad bro?