Quotes taken from Walter Isaacson's forthcoming authorized biography of Steve Jobs reveal that the tech guru died after, against all medical advice, he continued working to "destroy Android."
The tale of Jobs' continuing hatred and desire to "destroy" the Apple iOS' biggest competitor is chronicled in the book. The book not only described Jobs' immediate reaction to Google's iOS competitor but also how he held Google's former CEO Eric Schmidt personally responsible for the "theft."
According to Isaacson's biography, until his dying day Jobs viewed Google's development of the Android OS as tantamount to "grand theft." Jobs reportedly went on to promise to use every resource available to him to destroy Android.
"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 vowed. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
Jobs reportedly took the creation of Android as a personal betrayal by Schmidt. The Google executive had been an Apple board member between 2006 and 2009, but had quit to move to Google. Jobs reportedly believed Schmidt had shamelessly stolen a number of Apple's innovations during his exodus.
According to the new biography, Jobs' hatred towards Android and disappointment in Schmidt was further highlighted during a meeting at a Palo Alto, Calif., cafe. During the meeting, Jobs was reported to have told Schmidt that he wouldn't settle for anything less than the complete destruction of the Android OS.
"I don't want your money. 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," Isaacson recorded Jobs as saying.
Jobs, who battled cancer for years, died Oct. 5 at age 56. His death immediately followed Apple's unveiling of its new iPhone, the iPhone 4S.