Tech Report: Jobs’ Quest To Destroy Android

CUPERTINO (KCBS) – Apple co-founder Steve Jobs vowed to eliminate the Android operating system from the marketplace, saying he would be willing to spend all of the company’s money if necessary to see the iPhone dominate mobile computing, according to a biography due to hit stores Monday.

The much anticipated book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson documents the anger and betrayal jobs felt when Google entered the mobile market with a competing, open source operating system that quickly overtook the iPhone in total volume of handsets sold.

“Jobs was extremely angry at Google coming out with Androids,” said KCBS technology analyst Larry Magid.

KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid:

In Isaacson’s account, Jobs regarded Android phones as clones or thefts of the iPhone. The similarities of the Android interface to Apple’s iOS are undeniable.

“They’re not identical, but nothing like the Android ever existed before the iPhone existed,” Magid noted.

Photos: Steve Jobs Through The Years

The product rivalry soured Jobs’ friendship with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who wound up leaving Apple’s board.

Isaacson talks about the Google rivalry and other aspects of his book Sunday on 60 Minutes.

You can hear Larry Magid Tech Report Monday through Friday at 3:50pm on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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