Walter Isaacson: No, Jobs Hated Android

Just yesterday, Google’s CEO Larry Page told BusinessWeek that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs didn’t “hate” Android at all, but rather showed that he did publicly for the sake of showing iOS and Android were competitors. Macworld UK reports today that Jobs’ biography author Walter Isaacson gave a lecture last night at the Royal Institution in Great Britain and said that Jobs thought of Android as “history repeating itself” after iOS’ release — this was just the way he thought about Windows, which had literally become an exact duplicate of Macintosh back in 1985.

He did the integrated system again, iPod, iPad, and it worked, “but what happens? Google rips it off”.

Isaacson continued: “It’s almost copied verbatim by Android. And then they licence 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’.”

Isaacson then went on about how Tim Cook runs things differently at Apple and that he will “settle that lawsuit.” Please take note that Apple’s Notification Center for iOS does closely resemble that of Android and it was released far after the latter, so they made a mistake as well.

[Macworld UK]

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