Today, Apple released what is most likely to be the saddest announcement in the company’s history: Steve Jobs is dead.  He was 56 years old.

The statement reads:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

Steve Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 with three other partners. Since then, the company has grown to nearly 50,000 employees and produced a profit of over US$14 billion in 2010 alone.  Jobs has been the brain behind some of the most inventive and best-selling gadgets known to the tech world.

Jobs knew that being worth US$8.3 billion wasn’t enough. Instead, he went on to be the “most admired entrepreneur among teenagers” and to win a Jefferson Award for “Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under.”

Although you would not normally expect Android fans to be writing about Apple people, Jobs is mourned by both camps not just because he belongs to the human community–as both Android and Apple fans do–but also because Jobs sparked the smartphone revolution during the history of which Android was born.  Quite simply, there never would have been Android without the revolution that Jobs made his personal and corporate job.

Not only did Jobs spark a smartphone revolution but this “National Medal of Technology” winner also is the mastermind behind an amazing array of modern technology. Many people, including me, look up to Jobs as one of the most inspirational and successful men that has ever walked the earth.

On behalf of everyone at Android Authority, farewell, Steve Jobs.  May you rest in peace. You will be missed.

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