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Old Nov 18, 2010, 09:38 AM   #1
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Talking Steve Wozniak Says Android Will Beat Apple's iPhone [MISQUOTED]

Steve Wozniak Says Android Will Beat Apple's iPhone

Woz also reveals that Apple created a phone in 2004, three years before the iPhone

Steve Wozniak may have co-founded Apple and remains a major shareholder, but he tends to tell it like it is. In a new interview with Dutch-language newspaper De Telegraaf he gave an opinion that'd likely make his old pal (and current Apple CEO) Steve Jobs blow a fuse -- he thinks Android will win the smartphone war.

Woz made a comparison we often make -- Android for smartphones is a lot like Microsoft's Windows on PCs in its approach. Mr. Wozniak comments that while the iPhone isn't for everyone, Android is more of an OS for the masses.

He didn't only have kind words for Android, though. He also admonished the platform for lack of quality consistency, which he says is similar to Windows in its early days. He did predict, though, that Android OS eventually be on par with iOS by his standard.

He states, "The Apple phone has very few weaknesses. True complaints and problems are not. (sic) When it comes to quality, iPhone is leading. Apple has the direction for the entire world. Android phones have more features."

He also predicted that despite being late to the smartphones game, Nokia would turn around its fortunes and make smartphones that appeal to young consumers.

Apple's early success with the iPhone, he said, came thanks to a perfect storm of breakthroughs in screen, battery, software, and manufacturing technology and memory. He says that as a result the iPhone was in "first place" for two years (apparently disregarding Nokia's offerings as true smartphones).

And he reveals a previously unknown fact that's pretty fascinating. According to him, Apple collaborated with a mystery Japanese consumer electronics company (cough Sony?) to make a smartphone in 2004. While the company was satisfied with the quality, it wanted to wait for something more impressive and thus didn't release the iPhone until 2007.

Mr. Wozniak says this was a wise decision. He states, "Apple was satisfied with the quality but wanted something that could surprise the world. If Apple comes with a new product it must have a real breakthrough. Companies need to wait to capture a market until they have something extremely strong. A new product was separated from the rest of the group should be developed. In addition, developers must depart from beaten paths."

That revelation is mighty interesting indeed. How might the market look today if Apple had released its phone in 2004 and gained a 5 year lead on Google? We will never know, but it's fascinating to think about.


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Old Nov 18, 2010, 10:40 AM   #2
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You mean Apple allows Android it's life?

Imagine if iPhone was sold EVERYWHERE? Sprint, Verizon, AT&T.

End of story.
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You mean Apple allows Android it's life?

Imagine if iPhone was sold EVERYWHERE? Sprint, Verizon, AT&T.

End of story.
Except that isn't the case outside of the US, where it is available on a lot of carriers.
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Except that isn't the case outside of the US, where it is available on a lot of carriers.
Well it's pretty obvious that Google has positioned themselves as the Microsoft of the hand held software business and if you look as trends go, it isn't a big deal to say that Android will take over considering what Windows did to the OS industry.

But there's still a big issue not being shown: iPhone's capability vs what's actually going on. If iPhone pushed into the CDMA / AWS markets and opened up to the other carriers, Android wouldn't have such a big lead.

But as long as iPhone remains tied down, the same PC/Mac thing will happen to smart phones.
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Yeah, I was going to point that out. /move along, nothing to see here.
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You mean Apple allows Android it's life?

Imagine if iPhone was sold EVERYWHERE? Sprint, Verizon, AT&T.

End of story.
Doesn't matter, Apple still only offers one phone. While with Android you can get whatever fits your needs.
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Some comments attributed to Steve Wozniak caused quite a kerfuffle this morning -- according to Dutch paper De Telegraaf, Woz said that "Android phones have more features," which would help Google's OS become the dominant smartphone platform. Obviously, a statement like that from Apple's co-founder rocketed around the web, and it's set off yet another round of furious Android-vs-iOS debate. There's just one problem, though: Woz never said anything like that. Turns out Woz is an Engadget commenter just like you, and when we saw that he'd left a clarification on the post, we called him up for a quick chat to sort everything out.

Woz says he gave the De Telegraaf reporter a lengthy demonstration of voice commands on iOS and Android, pointed out that Android offered the ability to say "Navigate to Joe's Diner," and suggested that Apple would catch up through its purchases of Siri and Poly9. According to Steve, that's about it -- he says he'd "never" say that Android was better than iOS, and that "Almost every app I have is better on the iPhone." Woz did say he lightly prognosticated that Android would become more popular "based on what I've read," but that he expects Android "to be a lot like Windows... I'm not trying to put Android down, but I'm not suggesting it's better than iOS by any stretch of the imagination. But it can get greater marketshare and still be crappy." He's not shy, that Woz -- listen to him say it all for yourself after the break.
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