Steve Jobs had vowed that he would spend every penny Apple had to “destroy” Android. Before Steve Job’s passed away he had started this War by suing several phone manufacturers that use the Android Platform including larger manufacturers like Motorola, HTC, and Samsung.
While many of these lawsuits have not made it past the accusation itself many manufacturers are now keeping a much closer eye on how they design their devices as well as what Android features to avoid using when releasing a new device.
And I quote:
“I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Another quote that turned out to be true is:
“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.”
Prior to Android taking off the way it did Apple and Google had a very close relationship. Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt actually sat on Apple’s board. Schmidt later resigned from the board of Apple in 2009 stating that he couldn’t stay on the board anymore. While we aren’t sure for the real reason Schmidt left Apple we can assume it was a conflict of interest of some kind.
Google has proven to be a huge hindrance to Apple’s growth slowly working their way into Apple’s Market share but are they taking enough of Apple’s business to warrant all of these lawsuits? And if it is Android that is the “Stolen” product why hasn’t Apple gone after Google but the manufacturers themselves? Well to be quite honest our thoughts are that Apple truly would spend its last dime fighting a company like Google but the smaller manufacturers are easier to take out weakening the legs that the Android OS sits on.
No matter how this pans out we are getting tired of all the lawsuits and little to know real innovation from the company that once held the entire smartphone market in its hands. If they would put this energy into new products they would likely be able to keep themselves one step ahead of the competition all the time. This being said with the loss of Steve Jobs (who we rightfully look at as one of the greatest minds in history regardless of how we feel about Apple as a whole) Apple will surely see a huge decline in productivity.