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January 17, 2012

Apple's 'Other' Steve Loves Android

By Michelle Amodio, TMCnet Contributor

Apple’s “other” Steve, the one we all know as Woz of Wozniak fame, has publicly admitted his love for Android (News - Alert) and dissed Apple’s iPhone.

During an interview with the Daily Beast, the co-creator of Apple (News - Alert) blasted the iPhone for its limitations and highlights a number of perks that Android brings, including voice commands that are better than Siri and navigation.

“My primary phone is the iPhone (News - Alert), I love the beauty of it,” Woz says. “But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do.”

This is a pretty profound statement from Woz and it brings about feelings of age-old battles between Apple and Microsoft.

Back in the 1990s, where Apple lost out to volume, pricing and accessibility, Microsoft was the one to reign supreme. Wozniak thinks Apple’s mobile strategy may not be differentiated enough, however, saying “there’s not as big a difference [between iOS and Android] as there was between Mac and Windows.”

Maybe, maybe not, but Woz’s love of the Android platform just proves that technology can be appreciated, so matter which side of the fence you stand on (or which fence you built, for that matter).

Woz then said that Apple’s strict app approval process is a sticking point that ultimately gives Android the lead, and this has been a point of contention from day one. Apple’s been slow to give up control over its ecosystem, while Android may have given up too much control with its open app store.

Woz explained that he would love to see Apple incorporate some of the features of the Android phone and that he would mainly recommend the iPhone to anyone who is already in a Mac world simply for its compatibility.

At the end of 2011, market researcher comScore (News - Alert) said Android is ahead of iOS and RIM is slipping down.

Android took the number one spot, clocking in at 46.9 percent share of the US market at the end of November, up from 43.8 percent.

Apple's share was up 1.4 percentage points to 28.7 percent.

Last year’s fourth quarter, marked a successful period for Apple. They sold 16.2 million iPhones on top of 7.3 million iPads. This year, analysts expect this figure to be nearly double for iPhone sales, and iPad should hit the 12 million units sold mark.

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Michelle Amodio is a TMCnet contributor. She has helped promote companies and groups in all industries, from technology to banking to professional roller derby. She holds a bachelor's degree in Writing from Endicott College and currently works in marketing, journalism, and public relations as a freelancer.

Edited by Jennifer Russell
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