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Steve Jobs Vowed to Spend Apple's Entire $40 Billion Cash Pile to Destroy Android

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The friendship between Apple's Steve Jobs and Google's Eric Schmidt soured to such a degree that Steve Jobs had vowed to "destroy" Android, even if it burnt up Apple's entire cash reserves to do so.

According to extracts from an authorised biography of Steve Jobs, he told the author, Walter Isaacson that: "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

Mr Jobs told Isaacson that he viewed Android's similarity to iOS as "grand theft".

He is also quoted as saying: "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."

Google's Eric Schmidt had sat on the board of Apple, but resigned the post when Google decided to back the Android operating system. 

Apple has since launched a number of lawsuits against handset manufacturers leading to a massive tit-for-tat patent war that has upset the once cozy relationship between handset manufacturers where each knew the other was infringing patents, but ignored it due to the risk of collateral damage if they complained.

However, the willingness of the CEO of a shareholder owned company to put so much of their money at stake in a patent war that they might have lost will raise questions about the dominance of one man at the head of the company.

Although Jobs relationship with Schmidt remained frosty, he did repair the relationship with Google's current CEO, Larry Page before he died. Then again, he did say that Google was putting out so many products that it is starting to look like Microsoft. That may in part explain recent product culls at Google.

"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson is to be published on Monday.

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