Steve Jobs: 'I'm willing to go to war over stolen Android - Google ripped us off'

Revelations emerge from soon to be published biography of Apple CEO...
Written by Jo Best, Contributor

Revelations emerge from soon to be published biography of Apple CEO...

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Steve Jobs: ready to go to "thermonuclear war" over AndroidPhoto: CNET Asia

A revealing biography of Steve Jobs is set to be released on Monday – detailing his scathing assessment of technology rivals and hints on what Apple's next product could be.

The book, penned by Walter Isaacson and titled simple Steve Jobs, is based on series of interview conducted with the then Apple CEO, who died earlier this month.

Among the revelations uncovered in the book is Jobs' pledge to "destroy" Android, Google's mobile operating system. Jobs made the vow in a discussion about a patent suit Apple filed against HTC, which makes devices running on Android, earlier this year.

The suit alleges 20 patent violations relating to the iPhone and other technology, including the iPhone's multitouch functionality.

"I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this," Jobs is quoted as saying.

"Our lawsuit is saying, 'Google, you f***ing ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off. I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40bn in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product," Jobs said, according to the The Huffington Post, which has obtained a copy of the book.

While Apple may believe Google is treading on its toes with Android, the company is targeting an area that Google also has in its sites: TV.

Apple already has a television offering with Apple TV, but the biography reveals that Jobs wanted Apple to do with TV what it did with music.

"I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use," Jobs said.

"It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud. “It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it," The Huffington Post quotes Jobs as telling Isaacson.

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