UPDATED: Misquoted? Steve Wozniak: Android will be the dominant platform
In an interview with a Dutch newspaper, Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak made quite the statement about Apple's main competition, saying Google's Android would be the dominant platform in the future.
Woz told the newpaper that Android smartphones (yes Android is not a phone but an operating system), not the iOS powered iPhone would become the dominant smartphone on the market much like Windows was and still is the dominant PC OS. He also added that he believes Android phones have more features that users want and gives users more choices overall. He also believes eventually Android quality, consistency, and user satisfaction will match that of iOS.
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 [Engadget]
The Woz also had some interesting insight into the beginning of the iPhone. He told a story of how back in 2004 Apple worked with a well known Japanese electronics company to produce a phone that would be ahead of its time. It obviously never came to market because, as Woz stated in his interview, they liked the build quality but wanted something that would simply amaze the world, which in turn ended up coming a few years later in 2007.
Steve Wozniak has some interesting points and we want to know what you think about his comments and we want to know your thoughts on the whole Android vs iOS debate. Just keep it above the belt in the comments below!
[ Engadget ]