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Apple's Tim Cook talks about Google and Motorola, larger iPhone screens, "crappy" Android tablet experience and more

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Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO in the post-Jobs era, talked about a lot of things with the Wall Street Journal yesterday - beyond what we already reported earlier, when we mentioned that Apple's planning to introduce a new category of products

In a lengthy interview published by the WSJ today, Tim Cook was asked - among other things - about his thoughts on the Google-Motorola affair (as you’ve probably already heard, Google is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for almost $3 billion).

Reportedly, the move seemed “like a logical transaction” to Cook, as Google wasn’t really committed to Motorola. The Apple chief went on to say that it’s difficult for a company to “do hardware, software and services and to link all those things together”, and that’s why Google decided to get rid of Motorola.

Motorola and Google aside, Tim Cook was reminded that consumers seem to want iPhones with larger screens. He responded by saying that Apple won’t “cross that line” unless “the technology is ready.” He mentioned that a great screen isn’t just about its size, but also about clarity, resolution, contrast, and reliability (but we already knew all this, isn’t it?). Cook didn’t say if Apple’s ready for bigger smartphone displays this year - but rumors have it that the company could introduce two new iPhones, both with screens larger than 4.5 inches, before the end of 2014.

Another subject that the WSJ interview touched was tablets. Tim Cook praised the over 500,000 apps optimized for iPad, while arguing that Android tablets offer a “crappy” experience, one of the reasons for this being that apps made for them are mere stretched out smartphone apps.

You can read the full interview with Tim Cook at the source link below.

source: The Wall Street Journal / Digits

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posted on 07 Feb 2014, 18:17 33

1. 1113douglas (Posts: 182; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)


just face it. android is to good for you..stop trying to make it your own

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 21:34 14

25. apple4never (Posts: 920; Member since: 08 May 2013)


you stole my pic dude......

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 22:45 16

26. Rocksteady (Posts: 196; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


Should've patended it, apple's way of getting stuff done :-p

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 08:46 3

45. apple4never (Posts: 920; Member since: 08 May 2013)


but then again im apple4never so you know, lmao

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 14:46 7

58. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 255; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I don't get Mr Cooks lame answer on why apple dont produce large screened iphones, because "the technology isn't ready"? come on. Anyone who owns a large screen high end HTC/Samsung/LG etc would disagree on you with that one Mr Cook.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 12:32 1

67. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Cook is a douche...end of story!

Crappy android tablet experience? I have an ipad mini and i rarely use it and after ios7 update i just dont understand the love affair with gestures...how many am I supposed to remember? What was once intuitive is now just douchey! And I am on my Note 3 (yes its a Samsung but am not a fanboy) which is pretty cool...the option button lists down the options which to me seems more intuitive Cook-poo

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 18:20 30

2. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Well, at least he kept it civil about the Googlerola sale.

Screw him on the tablet comments though.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 19:07 6

7. paulyyd (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


lol u mad bro

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 19:37 23

10. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Sounds more like Cook is mad - that tablets are following the same trajectory that smartphones did, only faster.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 20:37 4

18. androiphone20 (Posts: 1394; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I wouldn't go as far as saying tablets are following phones' trajectory. See, the case with tablets right now is a dodgy situation, I say this because when I get recommendations on android tablets it's either nexus 7/10, lg gpad or some other weird name. This comes to show that maybe there really is no real player in the android tablet space, to the point where a tablet goes toe to toe with an ipad. This could be the reason why devs don't feel the push to optimize their apps for tablets

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 21:15 10

22. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Regardless of the names of tablets, Android is overtaking the market much more quickly than it did with phones.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 18:46 2

69. puckhead (Posts: 76; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


They don't have a real player? The main reason the iPad mini exists is because of the success of the Nexus 7.

I am not going to sit here and say one is better than the other- Android or iOS. They both have their pros and cons. Android is way more open and is more affordable than iOS.

As I commented earlier, a 32GB Nexus 7 is $279.
A 32GB iPad mini is $500

Thats practically 2 for 1.
And don't try to tell me N7 is crap compared to iPad mini, its not

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 20:44

19. androiphone20 (Posts: 1394; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Global-tablet-shipments-could-drop-15-20-this-quarter_id52378

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 00:55 1

31. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7405; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I think you failed to understand the meaning of could and speculation.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 10:40 2

48. PAPINYC (Posts: 2186; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Yeah!!!! And, the only CRAPPY thing about this is Tim Cook's face with my crap all over it!!

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 19:11 17

9. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


"...it’s difficult for a company to “do hardware, software and services and to link all those things together.”..."

Was he saying only Apple can pull that off or Google lacks the capability? Seemed like a well disguised cheap shot.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 19:49 3

11. superduper (Posts: 121; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)


**Shock as CEO defends his company's working principles and criticizes competing products**

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 21:27 8

24. joey_sfb (Posts: 2567; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


We have heard all the trash talk from all the major brands CEO except the ones from Google.

Maybe Google has indeed fallen behind!

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 09:02 3

46. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1715; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Wow, what a great way to show that Google is the best company in the world!

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 21:58

61. Vanster (Posts: 124; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


google dont care,

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 09:39

65. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


Like they usually say, the trash talk comes from the gutter. There's no reason for Google to trash talk now just like apple used to never trash talk. They let the product speak for themselves. Apple is feelin the heat.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 20:55 1

21. buccob (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I just wrote what you did, and didn't realized...

Completely Agree with your comment... exactly the way I understood it.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 04:32 1

40. Finalflash (Posts: 1455; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Well he's right, it is hard, why do you think that Apple has fallen so far behind in the industry. He was just being humble and doesn't want to have Google make the game mistake.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 20:53 1

20. buccob (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


He did, but he masked his comments into basically saying that Google can't offer Hardware, Software and Service at the same time like Apple DO...

So is a polite way of saying Apple is better than Google... (In Cook's eyes)

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 06:44 2

43. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


Google doesn't need to make hardware although they're intimately involved with the Nexus line. There are tons of manufacturers making Android devices and I don't think they want to alienate any of them especially Samsung. That's why I think they took a hands off approach with Motorola and ultimately sold them.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 00:13 5

29. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Especially since he obviously doesnt know what he's talking about.

Fragments was put in by Google, the Android team to have it where 1 app can scale, have different features based on screen size, resolution, etc.

There is really no need for a tablet apps section in the Play Store unless a dev specifically makes a tablet only app.

Thats a lil more than stretched out smartphone apps.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 04:37 5

41. Finalflash (Posts: 1455; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


He's just an idiot, he's using taking points because that is all they have. They started with app quality then they went on fragmentation and then tablet optimized and stretched apps. He's not a developer in the least and even if he is he doesn't know about Android development. You don't make a whole new app in Android for tablets, the same app can hold the tablet layouts and graphics. It's the advantage of having a powerful and dynamic OS. Sadly all the iClowns will now parrot this mindless crap.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:51

70. JunitoNH (Posts: 840; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I have Nexus 7, and yes it does suck.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 18:24 20

3. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


Cook seems to be living under a rock when it comes to innovation.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 18:26 19

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1263; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I disagree with tablets. Ok, there are dozens of crappy Android tablets, but Galaxy Note and Pro models, Nexus 7, LG Gpad, Nexus 10, Sony Xperia Tablet Z etc. offer really good competition to iPads. App store on Android tablets, well it's not yet there with iPad, but I own Nexus 7 and I really don't have much to complain, though I'm not sure about big tablet owners (I've heard some Nexus 10 owners complaining about lack of apps, though that was some time ago). Android tablets offer different experience, not necessarily crappy.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 19:58 9

12. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 306; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


I own a Nexus 10 and I'm not bothered aside from apps that default to portrait.

Android apps are often stretched out phone apps, iOS on a tablet is just iOS on a phone stretched out... I would rather have a screen with useful widgets taking advantage of the larger screen than a tablet with a spread out grid.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 02:00 2

35. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I have to agree that some iOS apps are designed for the iPhone / iPod Touch and then stretched for the iPad.

However, there are specialized apps solely for the iPads and many times you will see two separate versions. I hate paying twice for an app, but if the app is important then I will spend extra for the iPad edition as well get the iPhone edition.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 12:20

51. ePoch270 (Posts: 89; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


He was saying that the iOS itself is just a streched out phone os. And that Android os is more adept to tablets being to use widgets and such.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 20:07

60. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 306; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


I also feel obligated to mention that the settings app on the Nexus 10 became just a stretched out version of the settings on the Nexus 5. Previously it was a 2-column thing like most tablet apps are but they changed it with KitKat, I was pretty mad that Google cares so little.

Don't know how it is on the 2012-13 nexus 7s.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 13:48 1

56. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


And I'd rather keep my homescreen clean and use high-quality, tablet optimized apps when I need them, instead of widgets which update in the background and use all of my battery.

The homescreen on the iPad is just a portal. The APPS are what its all about.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 19:58

59. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 306; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


To each their own. However I've yet to see my widgets use any significant battery life to the point where I want to stop using them.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 04:26

63. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 628; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I agree.. The insane comment about iPad having separate apps...
Apple has to make different apps for iphone and ipad coz of weird resolution in iPhone(640 x 1136 pixels) which doesnt match with ipad (768 x 1024 pixels) which doesnt match with any industry standard..
Android apps are easily compatible for every resolution coz they vary in a standard ratio... The same apps (a majority of them) can be used for mobiles and tablets both. Ultimately we are getting 720p & 1080p resolution in both Android phones and tablets.. Upscaling/ downscaling doesnt have any effect..
+ agree with your comment...

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 00:42 6

30. dratomic (Posts: 436; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


hes just talking bs. i bet he has never used a high end android tablet. all he sees is his 10 inch ipod touch.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 01:32

33. maccess (Posts: 576; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


Lol.. So true..

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 02:03

36. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


We all know who really is the one talking bs.

Apple benchmarks their products. Android tablets may indeed be high end, but they don't hold their value in the same way as Apple tablets.

Typed on an iPad Mini.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 09:03 1

47. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


There's a direct correlation between value and how abundant a product is. I can get Android on more devices than I can count but I can only get iOS on a few devices so it's easier for an iOS product to hold it's value.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 11:29 2

49. dratomic (Posts: 436; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


yeah. tim plus u

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 14:38 1

57. Cicero (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Keep dreaming!

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 13:41

55. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Owning a Nexus 7 and Mini Retina I'll say that the biggest difference is really the battery life and stand-by time. It's a noticeable increase.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 18:35 5

5. erikiksaz (Posts: 91; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


That's odd, maybe a dev can chime in. I could have sworn I've seen way more stretch out iphone-->ipad apps than stretched out android ones. Don't android apps automatically reconfigure themselves on tablets due to how the android team mandates the app layout?

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 18:55 3

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1263; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I think that it's not a bad problem neither in iOS or Android. iOS has most important apps optimized to both phone and tablet, and Android is quite flexible when it comes to screen sizes.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 19:11 2

8. maherk (Posts: 786; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


As a consumer that tried iphone twice and came back to android phones, I have to admit that android tablets are still to offer premium apps and games that are designed mainly for tablets. As much as I loved the note 10.1, It was annoying having most of the news apps and major games streched out and pixilated, something that you won't see on an iPad. I can't stand ios simply because I hate itunes, but when it comes to the app store, that's where it really excel compared to android tablets.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 19:58

13. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 889; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


its sometimes bad when this guy say what he says,just dont get it,well he tried the 5c and didnt work well.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 20:05 7

14. aditya.k (Posts: 456; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Looks like Mr. Cook uses Android tablets secretly! :P

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 12:24

52. ePoch270 (Posts: 89; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


He's in the Android closet. It would be hilarious to see an interview with him in 20 years and he sayz the whole time he despised apple products and had drawers full of androids that he used in secret.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 20:22

15. willard12 (Posts: 703; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


The football game I watch on my 60 in TV is merely a stretched out version of the one on my 42 in TV.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 21:18 1

23. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No its not, unless you're getting a 720p signal that's being zoomed to 1080p. Otherwise, you're seeing the same picture.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 05:34

42. blingblingthing (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


His TV's pixels are bigger. So I guess it's not narrating necessarily stretching the picture.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 20:27 2

16. androiphone20 (Posts: 1394; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I also think that Google wasn't really interested in Motorola, especially when they had to keep a large majority of patents when Motorola was sold to Lenovo. 2013 alone Google was granted 3000+ patents so it goes without saying that Google was really interested in Motorola's patents

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 01:24

32. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Google just want Moto's patents. The leftovers were sold at Lenovo.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 20:36

17. androiphone20 (Posts: 1394; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I wouldn't go as far as saying tablets are following phones' trajectory. See, the case with tablets right now is a dodgy situation, I say this because when I get recommendations on android tablets it's either nexus 7/10, lg gpad or some other weird name. This comes to show that maybe there really is no real player in the android tablet space, to the point where a tablet goes toe to toe with an ipad. This could be the reason why devs don't feel the push to optimize their apps for tablets

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 23:05

27. tony81385 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Dec 2013)


You'll are arguing about something stupid. Android and IOS are geart operating systems they both has there differences but either are better then each other. What you looking at is Samsung touch wiz,HTC Sense and lg UI skins on andriod systems that's what makes android better it not just android i itself.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 23:27

28. StreetNerd (Posts: 700; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Dear Mr. Cook, If your intelligence reflects the intelligence of your products, I would be seriousely worried

Quoting Cook : 'The other thing is that Windows pretty much was one thing. Android is like Europe. Europe was a name that somebody came up with for Americans who didn’t understand that Europe was a lot of countries that weren’t like U.S. states. They were very different. Android is many things. How many people who use a Kindle know that they’re using Android? And you see what Samsung is doing by putting more and more software on top. I think it’s night and day. The compare is so off."

He is saying that Europe is a mess, which is true... but in the same time he is saying that the American people are dumb, which is ALSO TRUE haha it rly shows the average intelligence of the american people :')

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 02:09

37. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


@Streetnerd:

Mr. Cook didn't say that Europe is a mess, he stated that android is a mess and was employing Europe metaphorically in an anthropomorphic manner.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 01:32 1

34. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1715; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I think Mr. Cook should should stop bashing Android, and work on his own OS and innovate with his products or the next time he has a discussion with the WSJ, he will be discussing about the sale of HIS company.

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