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Uh-oh, it looks like Apple CEO Steve Jobs may have just saved a postage stamp for this year’s Christmas card mailing: A Dutch newspaper is reporting that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is predicting that Google’s Android will become the dominant smartphone platform.
Engadget is reporting that the other Steve, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, recently did an interview with Dutch language newspaper De Telegraaf over in the The Netherlands, and as always the eccentric hero to tech geeks everywhere had a few choice bits to reveal.
The most controversial comment has to be Woz’s statement that Google’s Android is likely to become the dominant smartphone platform, mirroring how Microsoft trounced Apple on the PC with Windows. Despite boffo sales on the iPhone, Android is already making its mark on an insane number of devices across every carrier and multiple manufacturers, so the comment certainly has some merit.
Woz notes, however, that the iPhone “has very few weak points. There aren't any real complaints and problems. In terms of quality, the iPhone is leading,” while noting that Android devices have more features overall and offer more choice for people. As a result, he believes that Android will ultimately match iOS in terms of quality, consistency and user satisfaction.
Also revealed in the interview was the admission that Apple “had collaborated with a well-known Japanese consumer electronics company in 2004” to develop their own smartphone, years before the iPhone we all know and love was launched in 2007. Apparently, Apple was satisfied with the unreleased device, but kept pushing for “something that could amaze the world” -- which they clearly succeeded at doing.
The Woz also had his own version of “one more thing,” closing the interview with a jab at Nokia, calling the company “the brand from a previous generation” and suggesting that the Finnish device maker introduce “a new brand for a young consumer.” Well played, Woz -- after that Android comment, we love you again.
Update: Turns out the Apple co-founder was misquoted yet again -- Engadget is now reporting that Steve Wozniak has chimed in on their earlier story, claiming that he “never” said Android was better than iOS and “almost every app I have is better on the iPhone.”
His thoughts on Android becoming the dominant smartphone OS were more in comparison to Windows’ reign on the desktop, primarily due to adoption by a number of manufacturers where the Mac was Apple’s alone. “I’m not trying to put Android down, but I’m not suggesting it’s better than iOS by any stretch of the imagination,” Woz elaborated. “But it can get greater market share and still be crappy.”
That sounds like The Woz we all know and love.
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