Despite the iPhone’s popularity and success, Google’s Android platform will eventually control the larger slice of the smartphone market, according to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The Woz shared that opinion with The Netherlands’ De Telegraaf.
Android-based phones, according to Woz, sport more features that the iPhone and there are more choices for consumers, too. Eventually Android phone quality and user satisfaction will be on par with iOS, he predicts.
While Woz sees Android as the eventual marketshare leader, he thinks Apple still has the better product in the iPhone. “[It] has very few weak points,” he said. “There aren’t any real complaints and problems. In terms of quality, the iPhone is leading.”
The iPhone’s popularity has earned it a substantial portion of the smartphone market, but in many regions its availability on multiple carriers is limited compared to Android-based smartphones. Since any phone maker can use Google’s Android platform, the number of companies that can produce potential iPhone competitors is continuing to climb, bumping up the number of smartphones hitting store shelves, too.
Android’s promising future is balanced by the current state of mobile phone maker Nokia. It’s “the brand from a previous generation,” Woz said.
Woz also shared that the iPhone wasn’t Apple’s first mobile phone project. The company developed a phone that Woz said was ahead of its time in 2004 with a well known Japanese company, and the project turned out well.
That phone, however, never hit store shelves because it wasn’t everything the company thought it could be. Instead, Apple “wanted something that could amaze the world,” Woz said.