Apple founder Steve Jobs declared war on Android and vowed to destroy Google’s platform with Apocalypse Now-style extreme prejudice, it has emerged.
A new biography of Jobs’ life and work lays bare the extent of the tech visionary’s animosity towards Google’s Android platform after the arrival of an Android phone that he claims liberally borrowed from the iPhone’s feature set.
According to Walter Isaacson, author of ‘Steve Jobs’, the Apple main man regarded the handset’s touchscreen user interface and similar overall look and feel to the iPhone as “grand theft’ on Google’s part.
Jobs reportedly told his biographer: "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $US40 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."
Prior to Google’s decision to enter the smartphone market, the search giant and Apple had an uncommonly convivial relationship - by Silicon Valley standards at least.
So much so, that Google CEO Eric Schmidt sat on Apple’s board until August 2009, before an unworkable conflict of interest arose following the success of the likes of the T-Mobile G1 (the OG of Android phones).