This morning, Bloomberg Businessweek posted a very interesting article concerning Steve Jobs “Thermonuclear War” with Android and how the continuing war has spread from Google, to many tech giants in the industry. Apple hasn’t targeted Google directly but has gone after the Android OS, by simply attacking OEMs like Motorola (Google), Samsung and HTC. Yet, what makes the countless lawsuits even more intertwined, is the business relationship Apple has with Samsung for component parts – $8 Billion a year worth. Regardless of the complication, Steve Jobs still wanted Android dead:
“Google, you f–king ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off. Grand theft.” Jobs swore he would “spend my last dying breath” and “every penny” in Apple’s coffers “to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go to thermonuclear war on this.”
But we’re in a post Steve jobs world and a post Steve jobs Apple – Does Tim Cook share Steve’s rage for Android? Is Tim Cook willing to spend $400 million a year on lawyer fees? If we are to believe the rumor-mill and the statements pointing to multiple meetings between Samsung and Apple, regarding their patent disputes – it would seem that a post Steve Jobs Apple wants to resolve its differences out of court. Paul M. Barrett’s article is an interesting read – head on over to Bloomberg and check it out.