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Wozniak predicts a win for Android

Wozniak predicts a win for Android

The smartphone war will be won by Android, and not iOS, according to Steve Wozniak.

Steve Wozniak might be the co-founder of Apple, but he's putting his money on Android rather than the iPhone for long-term success.

Speaking to De Telegraaf, Wozniak claimed that although 'when it comes to quality, the iPhone is leading,' the increasingly powerful feature set of Google's open source Android platform would make it a winner in the long term.

During the interview, Wozniak suggested that the iPhone 'has very few weaknesses - there are no real complaints or problems. Apple has set the direction for the entire world.'

Despite this glowing summary of Apple's wonderphone, Wozniak believes that the requirement to use the company's iTunes software to unlock many of the features of the handset is a major drawback compared to devices based around Google's Android operating system, which he describes as 'for everyone.'

Another surprising revelation during the interview was the news that Apple had a working iPhone product as far back as 2004, but that it held back on releasing it as 'Apple was satisfied with the quality but wanted something that could surprise the world. If Apple releases a new product, it must be a real breakthrough,' Wozniak claimed - something that the unreleased device was not.

Despite Wozniak's kind words for both iOS and Android, his outlook on the future of Finnish mobile giant Nokia was less rosy. Describing the brand as 'the mark of a previous generation,' Woz urged the company to rebrand itself to better appeal to a young audience.

Are you surprised to see Wozniak taking Google's side in the battle of the smartphone, or do you agree with his comments? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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MaverickWill 18th November 2010, 14:56 Quote
It's nice to hear someone saying "Look, they're both good, but X is going to win, and here's why..."

Also, just a quick note - posted this over on Facebook, and the accompanying text reads:

"Wozniak predicts a win for Android. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has predicated that Android, not iOS, will win the smartphone war."

dactone 18th November 2010, 14:57 Quote
they should make the apple logo spin round on the back of laptops'so it isn't upside down when you open it .
mclean007 18th November 2010, 15:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by dactone
they should make the apple logo spin round on the back of laptops'so it isn't upside down when you open it .
That's a very old Apple laptop he's using. All the modern ones have the logo the right way up when the lid is open. I never understood how the old ones got out the door with the logo upside down in the first place!
mjm25 18th November 2010, 15:13 Quote
Super intelligent guy. Right about Nokia too, they're trying but they still can't compete with Android, let alone iOS or WebOS
liratheal 18th November 2010, 15:21 Quote
I'm not surprised, and I don't doubt that he has a good reasoning.

Personally, I cannot stand the Android OS, I'll stick to my iPhone, or a Nokia standard phone (IE: not smart).
lacuna 18th November 2010, 15:26 Quote
In todays society convenience is favoured over performance, sadly. For some reason, completely beyond my understanding, people actually buy music albums from itunes and the like when the CD can be purchased for less money and is of a higher quality
yakyb 18th November 2010, 15:34 Quote
did he mention the windows Phone?
wuyanxu 18th November 2010, 15:36 Quote
he forgot jailbroken iOS's :D
mi1ez 18th November 2010, 15:42 Quote
I went Android because I can't stand iTunes.
sleepygamer 18th November 2010, 16:00 Quote
I like Android, mainly because of the diversity in handsets and layouts and so on. The Apple philosophy of one setup, one OS means that the platform is more stable and receives more predictable updates, but it does mean that they can overcharge for something that is far from one size fits all. Android has got phones as small as the X10 Mini Pro, which is a lovely little thing to use, all the way up to the Desire HD, and that Dell thing. There's a phone coming up, apparently, with a full 1280x720 screen. Across 4 inches. :O The variance in phones is just amazing.
Tangster 18th November 2010, 16:14 Quote
I can't fault anything he says. Damn.
Cafuddled 18th November 2010, 16:31 Quote
Google always said they would bring out an OS to crush Microsoft, so in this respect they did with the phones... Anyone using windows Mobile 7 by the way?
dactone 18th November 2010, 16:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
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Originally Posted by dactone
they should make the apple logo spin round on the back of laptops'so it isn't upside down when you open it .
That's a very old Apple laptop he's using. All the modern ones have the logo the right way up when the lid is open. I never understood how the old ones got out the door with the logo upside down in the first place!

damn thers go's my idea for world domination.... iv already applied for dragons den !
Skiddywinks 18th November 2010, 17:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cafuddled
Google always said they would bring out an OS to crush Microsoft, so in this respect they did with the phones... Anyone using windows Mobile 7 by the way?

Using Android myself, but a mate of mine has got WP7, and he let me have a go of it. It was definitely slickly implemented and easy to use, but I didn't get much of a chance to fiddle. Definitely looks like a soild effort from my short hands-on though.
Almightyrastus 18th November 2010, 18:48 Quote
Nokia should rethink and take aim at Blackberry and the business market.

With regards to the iOS and Android, I think that Android will take the lead mainly due to its open-ness and flexibility, Apple have too much of a strangle hold on everything they produce.

Having said that, in my 18 months of using an iPhone 3G I never had a problem doing whatever I wanted to mainly due to the fact that I was happy just rolling along and using it without wanting to get under the skin as it were. Now I have a Desire and because the option is there for more monkeying about with it, that is what I have done.
azrael- 18th November 2010, 18:49 Quote
Just a few days ago I read in the German IT magazine c't' that dark days may be ahead for Android. Not because the OS is any way lacking from a technical point of view, but for the simple reason that the main force behind Android, Google, lacks the necessary patents for successful cross-licensing.

Most of the other big players, including Microsoft, Apple and Nokia, do have large and, more importantly, *relevant* licensing pools. Google hasn't, and what it has is mostly not applicable or interesting in regard to phones.
rickysio 19th November 2010, 02:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by mjm25
Super intelligent guy. Right about Nokia too, they're trying but they still can't compete with Android, let alone iOS or WebOS

Right. /s
Comet 19th November 2010, 07:50 Quote
Very honest opinion and it shows the direction that Apple wants to go and frankly theres nothing bad about it.
Plain and simple you have two choices. You eighter open you're platform to third-parties and thus fight to become the main platform in the world or you keep your platform closed but extremely polished and get full profits of every unit sold with your platform. Both business models work great and are highly profitable. Unlike Android and Windows Phone 7, Apple doesn't need their platform to reach the same number of devices to reach the same profitability.
The only problem with Apple's model is that if the competition can provide as much quality in its services and interface as Apple, people may end up choosing the platform that gives them more options for the buck. That's precisely what Microsoft and Google are aiming for.
I don't know. I think what will happen in the end is the same that usually happens with all the device based companies. You create enough of a fan base to keep your products going. If you're an Apple fan with most of your home devices being Apple you'll obviously pick Apple's mobile platform and so on even if they don't always have best price/quality ratio.
Fortunatly I've been able to play with each company devices and in all honesty the combination of services and good looks on Apple's side still gives it an advantage. Microsoft platform may not be up to the level of the competition yet, but it has some advantages where it trully counts when compared to Android for instance. Xbox Live Gaming, Zune and the gorgeous looks will do for Microsoft what iTunes and so on did for Apple. Google needs to do the exact same thing. Everything in the cloud is good but it needs to be backed by quality services that are both usefull and fun to use.


Little side note. I'm betting on Android for now. The upcoming Android OS updates will show if Google has the muscle to compete with the companies that have a lot of experience with entertainment media experiences.
Bob1234 19th November 2010, 10:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
That's a very old Apple laptop he's using. All the modern ones have the logo the right way up when the lid is open. I never understood how the old ones got out the door with the logo upside down in the first place!

The old ones are the correct way up, when the lid is closed or when youre carrying it under your arm.

The modern ones are upside down so that when youre sitting somewhere using it, others can see youre obviously rich and ripe for a mugging.
TWeaK 19th November 2010, 10:44 Quote
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Read this post people, looks like a Dutch magazine just got a bit creative with the truth to make a better story. We all know that no true Apple fanboy would never speak ill of his sacred idol.
BigMattB 19th November 2010, 15:26 Quote
I own an Android phone, and I've researched iPhone's greatly. I went with the Android platform because of it's excellent customization for it's software. There is such a strong developer backing with Android phones. Recently though, a lot of manufacturers have been making it incredibly difficult to "mod" your phone. I understand the business standpoint behind it, but I have always been a proponent of the "I bought it and paid for it, I should be able to break it if I want to" belief. It was one of the main reasons I took Android over iOS.

As mentioned by sleepygamer, the wide variety of handset types is also a plus IMO. It allows people to go for the sleek type (such as the Nexus One), or for ones with built-in keyboards (such as the Droid 1 & 2). And with Android tablet devices now coming out from many different vendors, it generates a competition for bigger and better systems. Competition is good because it makes the companies involved strive to make a better product to beat their competition, and before Android, competition is something that Apple had little of.

I don't think there will ever be a clear cut winner in the smartphone race, and frankly, I really don't want there to be. There are always going to be iPhone junkies and Android-philes, and the friendly pseudo-competition that has grown between these two giants is what allows technology to grow, and make it such an exciting field.
rollo 19th November 2010, 22:34 Quote
Doesn't make a big dif both are diffrent markets in reality

The iPhone today apeals everyone
Android doesn't

Apple brand has huge mass market appeal nobody else would of sold as many tablets, and the brand is growing.

Apple with 1 phone have above 20% Market share very few other phones can even dream of such success.

I liked the desire I messed around with but my gf hated it for lack of ease of use. I liked the open platform idea.
Solidus 21st November 2010, 13:26 Quote
Nokia are losing ground badly and I think Wozza is right - they need to change their game plan as they are living in the past.

Why dont they drop symbian or whatever OS they use and do what HTC are doing? Just make phones running different Operating systems?

They could make google android handsets and also windows phone 7 ones - that would help boost sales as hardware wise they are fine but its the OS that is dated and holding them back.
Wingtale 21st November 2010, 16:20 Quote
For nokia to get back into the market they need to screw symbian and start again. The problem with it is that its just like a normal phone with touch capability. They could try using the android platform since HTC are doing fine without its own os
rickysio 22nd November 2010, 03:54 Quote
I originally had a rebuttal to the above 2 posts, but then again it's futile to argue with fandroids so I canned it.

All I will say is that you think Symbian is outdated. It is not.
AshT 22nd November 2010, 07:31 Quote
But Ricky, apple have their OS and customer base, Android will have theirs, Win phones will have theirs, is there any room for another division in the phone types? And room for it to grow in a market where people have to make their allegiance and generally stick to it once tied to the multitude of apps and characteristics? I don't know anything about Symbian though, I'm just asking because I'm guessing it needs massive support from devs to build it's base?

It will be interesting what Apple come back with next. Like others have said, companies are releasing attractive competitive hardware/software and Apple can't sit back and hope that people won't wander off to a competitor like tech sluts ... because they will!
okenobi 22nd November 2010, 09:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
I went Android because I can't stand iTunes.

This is all that matters to me.

I don't deny that iOS is the best GUI out there right now. But I have an intense dislike for the inherent lack of flexibility and as most people know, iTunes for Windows is ****.
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