Steve Jobs was furious when he learned of Google’s plans with Android, famously yelling at then Google CEO Eric Schmidt for what Jobs deemed as being stabbed in the back. You’ll recall that Schmidt, at the time, was a member of Apple’s board of directors before resigning in August 2009 citing conflicting interests.
It’s subsequently been reported that Jobs “hated” Schmidt and recently released excerpts from Jobs’ upcoming biography appear to confirm the depths to which Jobs couldn’t stand Schmidt and was determined to destroy Android. And believe it or not, ‘destroy’ might be putting it mildly.
What truly sent Jobs over the edge was when HTC introduced an Android phone in January 2010 that housed many of the more popular iPhone features. This prompted Apple to sue as Jobs explained to Isaacson that Google’s actions with Android amounted to “grand theft.”
“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 said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Jobs used an expletive to describe Android and Google Docs, Google’s Internet-based word processing program. In a subsequent meeting with Schmidt at a Palo Alto, Calif., cafe, Jobs told Schmidt that he wasn’t interested in settling the lawsuit, the book says.
The book is clearly designed to evoke the Apple style. Its cover features the title and author’s name starkly printed in black and gray type against a white background, along with a black-and-white photo of Jobs, thumb and forefinger to his chin.
Yeah, I don’t think Apple will be settling with Samsung or HTC anytime soon.