Steve Jobs biographer confirms that Jobs' anger about Android was very real

Despite claims to the contrary, Steve Jobs' anger regarding Android was very real

Yesterday we reported on the somewhat bizarre comments from Google CEO Larry Page who explained during an interview with Bloomberg that Steve Jobs' anger regarding Android was "just for show" and nothing more than an attempt to rally the troops around a common enemy - Android.

That viewpoint, of course, runs contrary to everything we know about Jobs and his take on those who he feels ripped him off, and even more telling, is completely at odds with how Jobs himself discussed Android in his biography.

"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," Jobs told Walter Isaacson in his biography. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product."

So upon getting wind of Page's remarks, Isaacson was compelled to set the record straight.

During a speech at the Royal Institution of Great Brittain, Isaacson said that Jobs' anger regarding Android was very real. Indeed, in the Jobs biography, Isaacson noted that he had never seen Jobs angrier than when discussing Android, and in particular Android-based HTC phones which he felt shamelessly copied many design elements from iOS.

"It's almost copied verbatim by Android," Isaacson told the audience. "And 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.'"

You might also remember that Jobs, at one point, sat down to discuss the Android/iOS issue with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. During the meeting, Jobs emphatically stated that he didn't want or need Google's money (presumably referring to a settlement offer). Rather, Jobs wanted Google to stop ripping off ideas from iOS.

“I don’t want your money," Jobs said. "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.”

Again, Page's comments are extremely puzzling. It's almost as if he can sleep more comfortably if he deludes himself into thinking that Jobs' anger about Android copying iOS was nothing more than a circus act.

via Macworld UK

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