As Steve Jobs' authorized biography is released, we are getting some of the first public looks at his perspective. I'm not surprised to hear about his view of Android as a "stolen" product . Android is a smartphone OS that features a lot of the same usability aspects as the iPhone OS. However, the reality is that Android fills a need that the iPhone's closed architecture doesn't: The freedom to run almost anything you want on the device you own . Apple created the market, now largely owned by Android, when they decided to withhold that freedom from their developers and users.