Woz: Android Can Be Bigger & Still Be Crappy

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Steve Wozniak was misquoted by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, according to an interview he gave to Engadget regarding a story published by the paper. De Telegraaf reported The Woz as having said that Android would dominate the smartphone business, but Mr. Wozniak noted to Engadget that, “[Android] can get greater market share and still be crappy.”

Mr. Wozniak was especially concerned about any impression that he was saying Android was better than iOS, noting, “The impression people get, especially back at Apple is that I’m saying, [faux voice] “Oh, the Android does more,” and that I’m really praising it. No, I pointed out one that it does that I’d love to have on my iPhone, and I even gave the reporter examples of why I think it’s coming.”

He added, “I have used both phones quite a bit. And I know them well, way too well to say something like [Android is better]. Almost every app that I have is better on the iPhone.”

Engadget published a recording of its conversation with The Woz, but didn’t publish a transcript. In order to avoid the possibility of misquoting him ourselves, we’re posting our transcript below:

I saw a lot of headlines all over you know that are not something I say. And that happens occasionally. I gave the reporter maybe an hour, an hour and a half. I spent about 20 minutes talking about my vision of how comfortable it is to speak commands to an iPhone. And I gave him many examples. And I pulled out my iPhone. I spoke into several different apps to show the sort of things that are really changing my life. And at the end of 20 minutes I said, well, one thing I can’t do that you can do on Android phones is you can say, “Navigate to Joe’s Diner,” or something.

And then I pointed out that Apple had purchased Siri, and they had purchased a mapping company. So it’s likely we can expect that on the iPhone. Pointing out one thing that Android does…that interpretation? I’ve never said anything like that to anyone. Because I have used both phones quite a bit. And I know them well, way too well to say something like that. Almost every app that I have is better on the iPhone.

But the impression people get, especially back at Apple is that I’m saying, [faux voice] “Oh, the Android does more,” and that I’m really praising it. No, I pointed out one that it does that I’d love to have on my iPhone, and I even gave the reporter examples of why I think it’s coming.

The specific thing you were misquoted saying is “Android will be the dominant smartphone platform.”

Those are not exact words I used. The reporter asked more like, Which platform do you expect to have the greater market share or be the dominant platform, maybe. And I said, probably Android, but that’s based on what I’ve read, nothing more.

I said the Android is probably going to be a lot like Windows, and we got a lot of junk from Windows. At least the iPhone is good. That was the way I drew it. And I’m not trying to put Android down, but I’m certainly not saying that Android is better than iOS [pronounced as eye-aus], by any stretch of the imagination. It can get greater market share and still be crappy.

Comments

dlstarr7

I love Woz

RonMacGuy

LOL.  Well said Woz!!

RonMacGuy

More Pintos were sold than Corvettes!!

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

“Navigate to Joe’s Diner” has been working on my Nexus One for over 5 months now. I’ve shown the feature off to a few hundred people in that time, including 2 people about an hour ago. Every day that Apple doesn’t have that working on iPhone and the Androidsphere is selling more Froyo-based Android phones is future market share permanently lost by Apple.

I can see how Woz can conclude that apps are better for iPhone. But on Android, there is more opportunity for interesting stuff because there isn’t pre-screening. I’ve seen some interesting hands-free SMS readers pop up in Android Marketplace, and finally found a new one (called “SMSReader”) a couple weeks ago that is amazing. Freedom to tinker and get it wrong led to an evolutionary solution that gets it right. Where I differ from today’s Apple fans is that I don’t think people are too stupid to play, evaluate, provide feedback, and learn. They do it in all sorts of venues. Phone software doesn’t have to be served up on an aluminum platter for it to be useful to, for example, my Mom.

garyk

per Bosco:

“Every day that Apple doesn?t have that working on iPhone and the Androidsphere is selling more Froyo-based Android phones is future market share permanently lost by Apple.”

How true. Because, as everyone knows, once you buy an Android you can’t EVER change your mind. Not!

Thunor

Android is more open.  You can install any app you can find onto your Android phone.  Any app, even those found int the Android Markert, can take all your personal information and sell it.  There is nobody there to keep someone from doing that.  There isn’t any kind of “firewall” that would prevent any app from accessing and sending this information to whoever it wants.  Android is the US Governments wet dream of a smartphone operating system.  It lets them install apps, track, and report back without ever informing the phone’s owner that anything is going on.  Isn’t that just great?

Apple can keep some of that from happening, not all though.  They bow down to The One just as much as Google does.  You can feel resonably sure that rogue apps aren’t sharing your information with everyone, just with Apple and the US Govt.

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