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Steve Jobs Vowed to Crush Android

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With Steve Jobs' passing earlier this month, we lost more than just a man. We lost a visionary, a creator, a calculating businessman, and a bona fide leader.

And, if his upcoming biography is any indication, we lost what could've eventually become the most charismatically captivating supervillain the world has ever seen outside an Alan Rickman role.

It's no surprise that Jobs and Co. were more than a little dismayed to see Google throw its hat into the smartphone ring. Especially when the Cupertino Crew noticed distinct similarities between its iOS and the Android OS.

According to Walter Isaacson's upcoming book Steve Jobs, the persnickety chief flipped his lid when HTC debuted its own Android device in January 2010 which sported features popularized by the iPhone. Jobs summarized the launch to Isaacson as "grand theft."

As a result, Jobs vowed revenge with the gusto of a Charles Bronson or Frank Castle.

"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," Jobs said. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

As such, Apple's relationship with Google took a tumble. The former never seemed to be without a patent dispute pending or ongoing with a Google partner -- targeting HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and others. Google's then-CEO Eric Schmidt left Apple's board of directors and had a talking-to by Jobs, who purportedly told him, "I don't want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won't want it. I've got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want."

To think, if given a few more decades on this planet, Jobs could've been manning a death ray pointed directly at Mountain View -- along with Redmond, Waterloo, and most of Silicon Valley -- from atop a unibody-constructed tower within a Cupertino compound.

That just makes us miss him more.

(See also: Google Exec Slams Apple's Siri on iPhone 4S and Google Engineer Calls Google+ a Complete Failure)

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