Woz predicts Android will rule
November 19, 2010
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak believes Google’s Android operating system will eventually dominate the smartphone market, but only if consistency improves.
Wozniak told Dutch daily De Telegraaf that Apple’s iOS is the current benchmark for smartphone software, but predicted that Android will eventually close the gap and dominate through sheer device numbers in the same way Microsoft has ruled the PC world.
He conceded that Android devices offer more features than the iPhone, but noted that the Apple device has “very few weaknesses,” and a similarly low number of “true complaints and problems.”
Indeed, the biggest flaw to hit the iPhone to-date was the so-called Antenna gate problem on the iPhone 4.
Android is also facing many of the same problems Microsoft encountered in the early days of its PC software in terms of the consistency of the user experience, Wozniak said.
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