Apple Should Release an Android Phone, Steve Wozniak Says


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Apple should consider releasing an Android phone as it could compete very well given the company’s manufacturing choices, Steve Wozniak said in an interview with Wired.

“There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market,” said Wozniak–who, it should be noted, is no longer involved in the day-to-day workings of the company. “We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time.”

Since an Android phone made by Apple is out of the question — although it technically is possible — Wired asked the company’s former co-founder whether Apple’s innovation has stalled out.

Woz rejected the idea, and when asked about rumoured products such as the smart watch or iTV — both allegedly in the works — he expressed his belief that Apple is waiting for the right moment to release the right product.

“The great products really come from secret development,” he said. “You put small teams of great people on them and they aren’t bothered by other people commenting on what they’re doing while they’re doing it. A whole new category of products doesn’t happen very often. It might happen once a decade. Sometimes you have to wait for one of those to come about.”

He also pointed to Apple’s choices in products compared to Samsung, for example, and warned about defining innovation. The iPhone maker carefully decides what features it will put in a device, and it didn’t stuff the iPhone 5s with new features.

Samsung, on the other hand, does exactly the opposite: It throws in a lot of features.

“If you have something really good, don’t change it; don’t screw it up,” he said. “You pick up a Samsung phone and say smile and it takes a picture, but how much innovation is that? That’s just throwing in a lot of features.”

“People don’t really choose their smartphones based on features,” he added. “I think Apple is superior at being able to say no.”

And if we look at the US market share, we can see that 41.8% of smartphone users tend to choose the iPhone rather than a Samsung device, which was the choice of 26%, according to the comScore study.

Also, it is worth noting that Apple sold 51 million iPhones worldwide in Q4 2013, while Samsung sold 86 million (estimate). That’s a big difference in numbers, but the reports are silent about the sales of the high-end Samsung Galaxy series smartphones.


  • Vin

    Go home Woz you’re drunk!!

  • iFone

    LOL…definitely just a tech junkie. He has no business acumen.

  • Chrome262

    Why would you take nice hardware like that and ruin it with a crappy OS.

  • Steve

    Maybe a dual-boot feature into Android, like Windows Boot Camp for the Mac. Highly doubt that will ever happen though.

  • artikas

    The whole reason I use an iphone is the iOS otherwise I would get a nexus.

  • Ari

    Woz is probably a nice guy but he has no business sense.

  • Riddlemethis

    I dunno what happened to Woz, really. Is he just now trying to catch up on all the drugs he never took when he was a teen or when he was with Jobs?

  • xxxJDxxx

    Glad to hear someone speak intelligently about innovation though! One thing that has become clear to me watching the whole Apple vs Samsung battle unfold is that a lot of people really don’t understand innovation.

  • JMCD23

    Really nice hardware with an open OS sounds great to me.

  • Chrome262

    why would you put a unix like OS on a phone that already has a unix os. kind of pointless, besides which if Apple really wanted an open OS they would of opened iOS, no need for Jailbreaking and alternative App stores would pop up everywhere, its not in their best interest.

  • JMCD23

    Oh it’s not in their interest at all, just saying there would be lots of people who like apple hardware but also like to tinker.

  • sfsfsfs

    He got in a plane crash….He’s still a very smart guy though.

  • Superman

    I agree with everything except the whole Android iPhone. C’mon that’s a pretty bad idea. Definitely agree with the whole not adding dumb features, though that seems to sell well in certain markets like China.

  • bryandobson

    Is it time to stop reporting on the thoughts of someone has had nothing to do with Apple for a very long time now?

  • Never. Woz provides too much comic relief.