Steve Jobs vowed revenge on Eric Schmidt over Android

Steve Jobs vowed revenge on Eric Schmidt over Android
Monday will bring one (of likely many) biographies on Steve Jobs. This one by Walter Isaacson includes the story of the falling out between Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt. The story has been leaked to the New York Times and Associated Press (likely to stir up free advertising for said book,) and it's a pretty interesting one. 

Of course, Eric Schmidt was on the board at Apple from 2006 to 2009, while also acting as CEO of Google. The two companies eventually started competing with each other through iOS and Android, so Schmidt left Apple's board. When Steve Jobs saw Google release Android, he apparently felt it was a great betrayal, and told Isaacson that he felt Android was a "stolen product." Jobs was especially angered with a January 2010 Android device by HTC, which Jobs felt had many of the features of iOS including multitouch. 

Apple has since sued HTC and other Android manufacturers multiple times. Jobs told Isaacson:


Also, when Jobs and Schmidt met at the cafe in Palo Alto, Jobs also told Schmidt:


Thermonuclear war seems quite extreme, especially given that as far as Jobs was concerned Apple had never stolen an idea from any other company ever. Still, it does give insight into the rash of lawsuits between Apple and Android handset makers. It will be interesting to see if Jobs' vendetta against Android continues now that he has passed. Stories like these are tough, but even though Steve was a genius, he did have a darker side and had a hand in some terrible things the least of which is this vendetta.

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272 Comments

273. jct1982

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 25, 2011

Crazy talk. I love Android because it's nothing like Apple. Android makes big changes to their phones to deliver the best of the best. I go insane looking at the incremental changes that Apple makes to their iphones so you continue to buy the next model phone that is merely a one feature upgrade from the previous model instead of a "suite" of upgrades. If the features of the android came out of Apple, it would've been another 10 years before we saw them integrated into the iphones. Considering the phones are quite different, I'd say there is nothing to sue over. Good for android for taking it to Apple and coming out ahead, at least for the time being. Thank you for bringing me 4g a year (and still counting) before Apple, thank you for bringing me better upgrades, thank you for allowing multiple manufacturers to run your operating system so we can have competition in the market place, better phone selections, better prices, better features, period. As a result, android will continue to get better at a pace much faster than Apple.

263. yong223

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Android Rules!

262. Kease

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

I just don't care how my phone got so cool, all I know is it's cool. Let rich people figure out who gets my money, just keep making cool stuff. And dont hurt children in the production of my awesome toys. Thank you.

251. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Steve Jobs wanted to see android dead Finally Jobs is dead And apple is dying

256. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Yeah, I do not believe APPLE is dying...I actually wish no ill well towards the company, but the people buying their products do need to wake up and realize that they are not the best....unfortunately, it is all about keeping up with the Joneses and being cool, whatever that really is.

250. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

249. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Steve Jobs initially did not like apps: Engadget today reports that according to Steve Jobs' forthcoming authorised biography, penned by Walter Isaacson, the late Apple CEO was initially not at all convinced that an app-based environment would be the right way forward for Apple, apparently because he wasn't sure that Apple would actually be able to pull the whole thing off. Isaacson writes that Apple board member Art Levinson had to call Jobs on the phone many times trying to convince him that apps were the way forward for Apple. Isaacson elaborates that Jobs initially poured cold water on the idea "partly because he felt his team did not have the bandwidth to figure out all the complexities that would be involved in policing third-party app developers." Quite how they managed to eventually convince Jobs about the use of apps is not mentioned, but hopefully the book goes into much more detail. "Steve Jobs" is due for release on October 24.

246. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Apple never stole a product idea? Hmm... anybody remember the Xerox scandal?

243. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

Yeah he also told Obamama that he was a one term president.

242. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i want to say some very hippy things to you guys right now. such a bloody battle here.

227. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

I just wonder why Braun never went after Apple. Apple stole the phone idea from LG and everything else from Braun. But they sue everyone who comes up with similar products... This is why I hate Apple's business strategy.

223. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

the ghost of old steve jobs is coming for us Android users, o nos!

222. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Jobs was a genius. He also was a hypocrite and a thief in his own right.

219. steviewonders

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Another phone OS. Who would have thought of it???

216. speed4evr

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Something kinda funny and somewhat relevant, youtube supernews gates vs jobs ( I and II)

215. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

I hope the link works this time: m.gizmodo.com/343641/1960s-braun-products-hold-the-secrets-to-apples-future

221. burtonsnow8

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 05, 2010

214. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

210. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Stolen our product?? Apple is the one that stole everything from icloud/Xerox/Notification bar. And call Flash lazy. And still wont admit that hes afraid of Android. And APPLE NEVER INVENTED THE TOUCH SCREEN.

209. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

This is man is full of anger and hatred. hope he rest in peace

194. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Maybe the Stece Jobs Ghost will show up in Androids meetings.. LOL

192. ph0adcbeit

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Waiting for windows phone from Nokia!

188. smartx

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

people arent that fool to know that nowadays even mobilephones arent original ideas. multi-touch is just an evolution just as touch-screen on mobile devices which had been around before iphone.. if anything, iphone shouldnt have been allowed to come to birth as it used the "revolutionary" touchscreen capability in the first place...btw, android's great notifications is also stolen by apple... am no fan of ios nor android, just a guy who likes good stuff....and am wondering whether, in the future, ios would integrate social feeds as deeply as wp7 has- which is by the way an "excellent" evolution on user;s ease of use....

184. longhairbilly

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 23, 2010

Steve Jobs: “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas” His words, not mine. Guess he only meant for Apple. Anyone know about Lisa Bettany? She created an app that used the iPhone volume button as the camera button......BUT: Last August, Apple pulled Camera+ from iTunes because its new “VolumeSnap” feature allegedly violated Apple’s iPhone Developer Program License Agreement by allowing users to shoot photos using the iPhone’s Up Volume button. In its rejection notice, Apple explained, “Your application cannot be added to the App Store because it uses iPhone volume buttons in a non-standard way, potentially resulting in user confusion.” Earlier this week, Steve Jobs stood on a stage to announce a great new feature for the iPhone’s built-in camera app: the ability to take photos using the device’s Up Volume button, which Jobs heralded as a fantastic new way to take capture a moment with a photo quickly, without hunting around for the camera app and waiting for it to load. In other words, one of Apple’s big new ideas is precisely the one for which it banned Camera+ last year. http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/06/for-apple-yesterday%E2%80%99s-banned-apps-are-tomorrow%E2%80%99s-great-new-feature/

182. ilia1986 unregistered

I don't believe this. And regardless, it's irrelevant. Steve is dead, Android is the top smartphone OS right now, Apple still feeds off iSheep and will continue to do so for the next 600 years to come. BB is still brain-dead, Nokia IS dead, waiting for it's respawn turn, and MS is trying to pull itself from the grave. Oh, did I mention that Android is stil the top smartphone OS? I sure did.

178. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Funny how he was upset about Android stealing Apple's ideas, while Apple was infringing Nokia's patents (among many others). Hypocrite.

177. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

That is really what they are revengeful bi*ches and these words prove it and no matter what android is better ios rip ios=ids=i dying system

172. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

What Apple is doing is the Angry Father Syndrome. When they started Apple was the company of the rebels and misfits. And they took pride in their pirate culture and being square pegs in round holes. They have lived that thought and culture for such a long time that they have become a personality and character themselves. And now they are not able to tolerate any opposition and others rebelling against their established order. So everything that everyone else is doing is wrong and has to be put down.

134. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

He was an epic jerk. Only thing he invented was - charging for the apps!(APP STORE) I've used apps on my phone since 2005! I could name ton of them! Many thousand of third party java written apps were available for free download before steve got a brilliant idea to make them look like he invented the whole thing, by making it and easyly understandable to even the housewives.(by throwing a dummy, beautifully designed, ridiculously simple and stripped down app launcher on a 3.5 inch touch screen. it wasn't a frigin OS at all. )And available. And chargeable. There. That was his entire genius. As for android being "unstable". I'm using an xperia arc for 3 months now. Never had a crash. Perfectly stable. Only freezed on me twice when I pushed like 40 processes at once. Two days ago it notified me I can update to 2.3.4. Downloaded it like a breeze, and working like a breeze.

153. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

I think we should ask those ifanboys to try some multitasking on their phones. What do you think the result would be?

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