Woz: I was misquoted on Android; ‘Almost every app that I have is better on the iPhone’

Nilay Patel reports for Engadget, “Some comments attributed to Steve Wozniak caused quite a kerfuffle this morning — according to Dutch paper De Telegraaf, Woz said that “Android phones have more features,” which would help Google’s OS become the dominant smartphone platform.”

“There’s just one problem, though: Woz never said anything like that,” Patel reports. “He says he’d ‘never’ say that Android was better than iOS, and that ‘Almost every app I have is better on the iPhone.'”

More info and more Woz quotes in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]

28 Comments

  1. Maybe Android will take bigger marketshare, maybe not (like iPod defeated the hordes of Samsung, Msft, Creative, Sandisk, Sony etc).

    But even if Android grows I suspect it’ll just take over more and more of the ‘cheapo phone’ market: the OS is ‘free’ so OEMs can load them on whatever they want. Already we see android on cheap lock down, limited app store, crapware full phones (these are one helping them gain market share as EVERY droid phone even BOGO free ones are counted) and things like digital picture frames.

    Won’t effect apple much: already with just 2-4% marketshare iPhone already takes 39-50% of world smartphone profits (Cannacord and Asymco numbers) and has by far the largest app store (over 100k bigger than android and android app stats isn’t growing super fast due to android fragmentation).

  2. I tried an Android tablet the other day – a 10 inch one, meaning, something like the iPad.

    The experience was horrible. Android is not half as intuitive as iOS, the interface doesn’t “flow”. The iPad feels natural, there’s no effort into using it. It reacts the way you expect to.

    Android -at least in this tablet- was very unresponsive, slow, it did not flow.

    I don’t think they are doing a great job there. Sure, it might be better than Windows Mobile, but they are very very very far away from Apple.

  3. The Android apps scene will fail for the same reason that Linux isn’t making it to the desktop: Open source developers have no clue as to what a decent user interface/look/feel is, even though all the functionality may be there. Just look at GIMP: it outclasses Photoshop in many areas, certainly feature wise, but its user interface remains clunky, after years of exposure to he user community.

  4. Here is the article where the Woz says Android will beat the iPhone iOS.

    Basically he’s saying Android will beat iOS <u>in market share</u>(because it’s on more devices) comparing it to Windows (being separate from hardware) on a PC’s.

    He also says the quality of Androids app’s is lower than on iOS, more app’s than iOS as well because of that. Android is “for the masses” while iOS is for those who want better looks, security and less crap.

    The same thing occurs with Safari and Firefox add-ons, Safari has a pitiful small amount of very good add-on’s, while Firefox has over 10,000 add-ons of all types of various types struggling to rise to the top. So Apple basically picks the best of what’s most used on Firefox that doesn’t offend Apple’s user interface, thus gives users little choice.

    For the technological ignorant Apple’s approach is best, but once one gets over their ignorance and ventures out, Firefox quickly becomes the power web surfer tool of choice.

    http://www.dailytech.com/Steve+Wozniak+Says+Android+Will+Beat+Apples+iPhone/article20190.htm

  5. Android is not half as intuitive as iOS, the interface doesn’t “flow”. The iPad feels natural, there’s no effort into using it. It reacts the way you expect to.

    Oh please tell me your joking.

    There is nothing “natural” or “no effort” using iOS, nearly everything is hidden by some double tab or swipe or hidden touch area. It’s frustrating as all hell to new persons who expect to see a icon or a window or a button to click on, the accidental touches and the “why did it do that?” are very annoying to new users.

    It’s just that your used to only using iOS, and benefiting from a consistent interface, so something different doesn’t feel natural to you.

    Try using different devices and operating systems regularly, then you can make a more accurate assessment.

  6. There is nothing “natural” or “no effort” using iOS, nearly everything is hidden by some double tab or swipe or hidden touch area

    I’ll say it…

    You are a fucking idiot. What retarded Rhesus monkey focus group are you talking about that thinks “double tap” is a secret? Or that there are “hidden areas”? Fine. I get it. Hatrers got to hate. But your screed is just moronic.

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