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Jobs Saw Android as “Stolen Product”

The conflict between Apple and Google over their respective smartphones has been illuminated somewhat by the recent biography of Steve Jobs, the late co-founder and CEO of Apple.

MarketWatch reports that one section of Walter Isaacson's new biography, Steve Jobs, cited a meeting between Jobs and then Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Many assumed at the time it was a publicity stunt, but the biography illustrates that Jobs went only to assert that he would not back off his copyright infringement charges under any circumstances.

Jobs vented his frustration to his biographer, explaining that he saw Android as outright theft of Apple's iPhone and insisting that his company would not under any circumstances settle the case.

Forbes notes that the current management at Apple seems content to continue Jobs' approach, pushing the patent infringement cases both against Android phone-makers HTC and Samsung, which has also recently come under fire for its Android-based Galaxy Tab.

At first some hoped that Jobs' death could lead to a softening of the company's stance, but MarketWatch suggests that his strong and public opposition could force the company to maintain pressure.

"We spend a lot of time and money and resource in coming up with incredible innovations." current Apple CEO Tim Cook said on a conference call. "And we don’t like it when someone else takes those."

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One Response to Jobs Saw Android as “Stolen Product”

  1. Marisa says:

    I don’t have the technological specialized knowledge to tell whether I agree that android software is stolen from iphone, but if is, then apple should definitely pursue the case. I am not a big fan of apple products myself. I wouldn’t trade my blackberry for an iphone in a million years.

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