Jobs believed that Google’s move into smartphones amounted to theft. Jobs told biographer Isaacson [that] 'I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.' [Associated Press, Huffington Post, WinRumors, The NextWeb, Gizmodo]
A copy of Isaacson's book has been leaked and excerpts of Jobs' comments are now being leaked onto the internet. The remark that so far resonates most relates to Jobs' reaction to HTC's 2010 introduction of an Android phone that has identical features to the iPhone.
"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 reportedly said to Isaacson. "I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
According to the leaks Jobs used profanity when he described the Android OS and Google Docs. The autobiography also contains sections where Jobs talks to Schmidt, CEO of Google about dropping the lawsuits between the two companies. Jobs is alleged to have told Schmidt, "I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want."
Apparently it had nothing to do with money to Jobs as he is quoted as saying "I don’t want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money.” According to reports the meeting resolved nothing.
Jobs' view of the Android is reflected by the ongoing legal battles between Apple, HTC and Samsung. There have also been attempted suits brought against Apple to ban sales of Apple's smartphone devices and tablets.
The autobiography further details Jobs' decision to give up religion because he was bothered by starving children and delaying his cancer surgery in favor of cleansing and herbal medicine.
Steve Jobs is in its pre-order phase for $17.88 on Amazon. It will also be available in eBook and eAudio format. According to the Product Description on Amazon, "Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted."
Perhaps the leak of Steve Jobs' biography was a simple "tip-of-the-hat" to the master of marketing and innovation, saying "we did it your way!"