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  • Walter Isaacson: Steve Jobs Really Did Hate Android


    Remember when Steve Jobs said this?

    Quote 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. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      The main complaint I hear about android is the fragmentation which applies to both hardware and software. Some of my friends complain that their 2 year old android phone can't run ice cream sandwich. For comparison, the 3GS is now 3 years old and still runs the latest version of ios 5 just fine.

      Other complaints are about android battery life and this comes from my evo 4g and galaxy s2 owner friends. S the complaints aren't just limited to old handsets. The problems obviously persist. I bought a droid incredible back when Verizon had just released it and the first thing I had to buy for it even before a case was the seidio extended battery and I still had to keep the stock battery charged and with me so I could swap it out when the extended battery eventually drained if I was going to be away for charging source for most of the day.

      I'm sure there's more but let me ask you this if android is so good then why do iPhones constantly resell on the secondary markets for a lot more than their android counterparts?

      Also I didn't have to jailbreak my iPhone or my iPad but the reason I did was to add little tweaks that make the experience better. Note we don't have to flash custom roms or root our phones to fix problems like battery life.
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      The main complaint I hear about android is the fragmentation which applies to both hardware and software. Some of my friends complain that their 2 year old android phone can't run ice cream sandwich. For comparison, the 3GS is now 3 years old and still runs the latest version of ios 5 just fine.

      Other complaints are about android battery life and this comes from my evo 4g and galaxy s2 owner friends. S the complaints aren't just limited to old handsets. The problems obviously persist. I bought a droid incredible back when Verizon had just released it and the first thing I had to buy for it even before a case was the seidio extended battery and I still had to keep the stock battery charged and with me so I could swap it out when the extended battery eventually drained if I was going to be away for charging source for most of the day.

      I'm sure there's more but let me ask you this if android is so good then why do iPhones constantly resell on the secondary markets for a lot more than their android counterparts?

      Also I didn't have to jailbreak my iPhone or my iPad but the reason I did was to add little tweaks that make the experience better. Note we don't have to flash custom roms or root our phones to fix problems like battery life.
      I don't think they put the amount of time and effort into android that Apple puts into iOS. I think Apple also does a better job on quality then android does. It's very rare you see someone with a bricked device or hardware problem unless their jailbroken.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by X H4CK3R X View Post
      I don't think they put the amount of time and effort into android that Apple puts into iOS. I think Apple also does a better job on quality then android does. It's very rare you see someone with a bricked device or hardware problem unless their jailbroken.
      Unfortunately, one of my old 2g's experienced the rarity
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Unfortunately, one of my old 2g's experienced the rarity
      Aw that sucks
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by X H4CK3R X View Post
      Aw that sucks
      Haha yeah but they replaced it thankfully
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Yah they're very good on their warranties