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. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this. – Steve Jobs
“You’ve undoubtedly heard this infamous quote by now from the late Apple co-founder, which was included in his official biography that was published shortly after his death in 2011. Steve Jobs’ loathing for Google Android was perfectly captured in this quote,” Evan Niu writes for The Motley Fool via TIME. “Over the years, this ‘thermonuclear war’ has raged on, with Apple primarily targeting rival Android OEMs as opposed to Google itself. Naturally, the highest profile case was against Samsung, but Apple has also conducted its patent warfare through The Rockstar Consortium, a joint venture owned by 5 prominent tech companies. Apple and Microsoft are two of the main backers.”
“That portfolio included important intellectual property surrounding Wi-Fi networking and cellular connectivity, among many other areas related to mobile technology. Rockstar proceeded to sue Google and numerous Android OEMs like Samsung and HTC with said patents a little over a year ago,” Niu writes. “Well, Rockstar and Google just settled their differences, which could signal that Apple’s ‘thermonuclear war’ is over.”
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