“Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Jobs in 1976, says he’s a big fan of Android phones. Woz says he still thinks Apple’s iPhone is the best overall smartphone, but he says there are ways in which Android has leapt ahead of Apple,” Dan Lyons reports for The Daily Beast. “‘My primary phone is the iPhone,’ Woz says. ‘I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do.'”
Android phones aren’t as simple to use as the iPhone, but they’re not that much more complicated, and ‘if you’re willing to do the work to understand it a little bit, well I hate to say it, but there’s more available in some ways,’ Woz says… ‘There’s not as big a difference [between iOS and Android] as there was between Mac and Windows,'” Lyons reports.
MacDailyNews Take: And, why do you think that is, Woz? Because it’s a stolen product, that’s why. A bastardized iPhone. Shouldn’t an “Apple employee,” even one who hasn’t done a thing for decades, still value his company’s intellectual property at least a little bit? Oh, that’s right, R&D is free, nobody’s work is their own, and everything should just be shared anyway (dripping sarcasm).
Lyons reports, “Woz says he recently spoke to a developer at Foursquare who said Apple’s bureaucratic approval process slows app developers down, whereas on Android, developers can get programs out faster and work on making tweaks and revisions in less time.”
MacDailyNews Take: That’s great, Woz. Here’s what else you get when you settle for a knockoff:
• Insecure: Malicious Android apps double in six months – December 14, 2011
• Android permissions flaw allows eavesdropping, data theft, location tracking – December 2, 2011
• You bank on your pretend iPhone? Are you nuts?! Android malware up 472% since July – November 16, 2011
• Android security threats surge with infected ‘Angry Birds’; iPhone and iPad users unaffected – November 15, 2011
• Apple’s iOS unaffected by malware as Android exploits surge 76% – August 24, 2011
• McAfee: Google’s Android number one in malware – August 23, 2011
• Android malware records phone calls; iPhone users unaffected – August 2, 2011
• Symantec: Apple iOS offers ‘full protection,’ Google Android ‘little protection’ vs. malware attacks – June 29, 2011
• Malware apps spoof Android Market to infect Android phones – June 21, 2011
• Google forced to pull several malware-infested apps from Android market – June 8, 2011
• Android malware sees explosive growth; even faster than with PCs – April 27, 2011
• Virus-laden apps infest Google’s ‘open’ Android platform; iPhone unaffected – March 3, 2011
• Security firm warns of new Android trojan that can steal personal information; iPhone unaffected – December 30, 2010
• Trojan infects Android smartphones; iPhone unaffected – August 10, 2010
• Millions of Android phone users slammed by malicious data theft app – July 29, 2010
• Unlike proactive Apple, reactive Google doesn’t block malware from Android app store – June 4, 2010
• Malware designed to steal bank information pops up in Google’s Android app store – January 11, 2010
“Then there’s Siri, Apple’s new voice-recognition software. Woz says he’s been using Siri for a long time and used to love it when it was an independent application created for the iPhone,” Lyons reports. “But ever since Apple bought Siri and built the software into the iPhone 4S, it doesn’t work as well as it used to. ‘I used to ask Siri, ‘What are the five biggest lakes in California?’ and it would come back with the answer. Now it just misses.'”
MacDailyNews Take: See, Woz, forgets things easily. He has to ask Siri to name the five biggest California lakes daily. Tomorrow, when he asks yet again, Siri should just tell him to fsck off.
Lyons reports, “Worse, a lot of the time Siri says it can’t make a connection to the back-end servers that power the system. ‘With the iPhone 4 I could press a button and call my wife. Now on the 4S I can only do that when Siri can connect over the Internet. But many times it can’t connect. I’ve never had Android come back and say, ‘I can’t connect over the Internet.'”
MacDailyNews Take: Woz doesn’t know how to work his iPhone 4S.
Settings > Siri > OFF.
Now try to call your wife, Woz. See? Voice Control from your iPhone 4 (which debuted with iPhone 3GS back on June 19, 2009) is still right there. As always, Voice Control does not require Internet access. Granted, Apple needs to make Siri automatically only use the network when necessary, but, gee whiz, er… Woz, that’s why they call it a “beta.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Because Woz doesn’t know how to work his iPhone 4S, his opinion on how other smartphones work compared to it is meaningless.
And, Dan Lyons —— who hasn’t yet figured out a reliable way to slam Apple now that Steve’s gone (Lyons will be registering deadsteve.net later today to begin “ghost” blogging – right after he reads this) —— for taking advantage of poor Woz, a kind and trusting soul, Dan Lyons remains a royal asshole.