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Why is it a surprise that Steve Wozniak loves Android?

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Why is it a surprise that Steve Wozniak loves Android?
Ever since Steve Jobs passed away, it has become a fairly common occurrence for Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to be quoted in the press about how much he likes Android. He has said plenty of times how much he enjoys the Android platform and various Android devices, and he has been publicly critical about the devices and software coming from Apple. The most recent story even had Woz going so far as to say that Apple should make Android devices, which is a bold statement given the company's history; but, why is it surprising coming from Woz?

Anyone who knows their Apple history knows that the dynamic between the cofounders was an interesting one, because the two had very different personalities and very different visions for consumer electronics. Steve Jobs was the natural leader because of his strong, yet abrasive personality. He had specific visions for what would be successful, and he was tenacious about making it happen. Jobs became the face of the company because he was the businessman. 

Why is it a surprise that Steve Wozniak loves Android?
On the other hand, Steve Wozniak was the hacker of the two. He was an absolute genius with electronics and internal hardware design, and he wanted to build computers for other computer nerds like himself. If Woz had his way in the early days of Apple, the company would have make computers that were hacker dreams that could be tinkered with and upgraded to your heart's content. So, it really shouldn't be a surprise that Woz prefers the mobile platform that is a hacker's dream: Android. 

Of course, Woz's vision took a back seat to that of Jobs because Woz didn't have that kind of personality. He believed that Jobs could make the company a success, and eventually he turned out right. Woz got to make amazing internals, but the computers Apple put out were locked down by hacker standards. They were simplified and put in nice packages and turned into products that were easily understood by the masses. It was because of Jobs that Apple became the company that controlled the ecosystem from hardware to software to end-user. 

Had Woz been in charge, Apple likely would have gained a cult reputation among the Silicon Valley elite, because the electronics he built were some of the best around. But, Apple would have taken a completely different path. The Mac that we all know would be completely different, if it existed at all. And, it is almost impossible that there ever would have been the iPod, iPhone, or iPad. It almost certainly wouldn't have become a company that routinely gets coverage on the local news when there is a new product announcement. 

Why is it a surprise that Steve Wozniak loves Android?

Woz never really bought into Jobs' vision for Apple; so, the question remains: why is anyone surprised that Woz prefers Android? Is it just because Woz was an Apple founder? If so, that is a silly reason at best, not only because of the way Woz has always viewed technology, but because Woz left the company in the mid-80s, just after the height of the original Macintosh craze, and well before Jobs made his return to the company in 1996. Woz stayed close with Jobs, but he wasn't part of the company for any of the products that are iconic for Apple. 

Like most of us in this tech world, Woz has always been a guy who has a passion for technology and all of the good it can do in the world. That passion combined with his friendly demeanor and teddy bear looks are why most of us have a soft spot for Woz. But, can we stop being surprised that Woz prefers Android? Woz is a hacker at heart; he always has been. If Woz were in his prime right now, he would more likely be one of the minds behind Project Ara, not the iPhone. 

The Apple we know was the creation of Steve Jobs; and, just like most Google employees use Mac computers, there are likely quite a few Apple employees who own Android devices. Just because Woz is a founder of the company doesn't mean he has to be an eternal cheerleader for Apple, especially since he hasn't worked there in almost 30 years. So, maybe we should all stop getting so amazed that Woz prefers Android to iOS.

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posted on 06 Feb 2014, 21:03 24

1. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


Its not a surprise because he ain't no fanboy.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 22:40 2

8. Edward_bly (Posts: 197; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


Good man

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 23:20 3

16. ihavenoname (Posts: 1441; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Good and honest man. He is second founder of Apple, loves it very much, but that doesn't mean that he can't use and love other products. (He uses Xiaomi Mi3 if I'm right). Apple should hire Woz' back, though switching to Android ain't that great idea, I'm pretty sure that Wozzy has many many other awesome ideas.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 23:34 1

19. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


not switching - simply adding another phone to their lineup - if they did this, they could easily sell 10 million more devices...

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 23:27

17. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 185; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I like him because he did a cameo on 'The Big Bang Theory'.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 03:48 2

31. Ashoaib (Posts: 2283; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


He is a true genius which jobs type of people needs to cash on... no Wozzies no jobssss... anyway two steves made a giant company... I feel said sometime that how apple is putting hold on technology with its patent trolls although the founder of this company was such a techy...

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 11:27 5

46. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2680; Member since: 26 May 2011)


No Jobs without Woz, but probably no Woz without Jobs. Every techie needs a business guy, just like every business guy needs a techie.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 21:12 5

2. PAPINYC (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


"Why is it a surprise that Steve Wozniak loves Android?" .....

because everyone equated him with stupidity given his relationship with the other Apple founder and, therefore, thought [he] was stupid too.

But, he is a true 'Genius'!

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 04:35 7

33. Finalflash (Posts: 1799; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


No, because fanboys can't possibly have a co-founder of Apple love anything but iOS. In their fanboy minds, everyone else is also supposed to be a fanboy. Therefore, if you don't like Apple you are fanboy of something else like Android, and so if Woz says he likes Android, then hes a fanboy for it. But then it starts hurting their fanboy brains because that is like a paradox to them.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 09:46 1

44. bucky (Posts: 1504; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Funny coming from someone who routinely trolls and shows heavy bias against apple...preach on. Noob.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 21:45 4

3. skyline88 (Posts: 330; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


surprise? what surprise?

Android FTW

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 21:51 13

4. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Like every true tech lover, it's difficult not to love the most advanced mobile platform out there.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 22:41 4

9. Edward_bly (Posts: 197; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


Haha, so true +1

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 22:02 6

5. E.S.1 (Posts: 291; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Surprise, Why? He is a smart guy and knows what's best :)

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 22:04 1

6. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I know that most of us have yet to receive the kit kat update, but I'm already curious as to what the next version of android starting with L is going to be (:

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 22:42 1

10. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


It could be Lollipop or some kind of Indian food.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 23:17 4

15. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


It won't be an Indian food. Its all those stupid Indian request google to use that Indian yogurt called lassi because they think India is very big and google should listen to them. Truth is google doesn't give 2 f**ks .

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 23:30 1

18. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Chill bro, you can't really say Google doesn't give a f**k, cuz the head of Android is an Indian. But if the next Android version is called Lassi, it sounds awful. Lollipop or Latté sounds more better than Lassi.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 23:44 2

21. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


O Latte sounds nice though not really a dessert/sweet.. I'm kind of hoping for something lemon because dang I love that citrus flavor lol.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 12:07

53. ePoch270 (Posts: 93; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Lifesavers? Makes sense with their corporate candy tie in.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 05:05

35. Odiin (Posts: 272; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Why so much hatred towards Indians? If you dont know Indian culture and society then dont talk. Give respect and take respect.

But ive doubt about your education and culture,

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 00:04

23. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


They'll probably give it a brand name of a sweet rather than a kind of dessert like they did with Kit-Kat. "Lotte" chocolates is a possibility but not sure if its well known enough. Android 4.5 Lotte? I don't know.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 00:13 4

24. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Everyone knows kitkat.
Everyone knows latte
Everyone knows jellybean
Everyone knows ice cream sandwich
Everyone knows Lollipop
But not everyone knows what is Lassi

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 01:01 7

27. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


The only Lassi I know is a dog from a TV show. lol

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 01:52 1

28. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Lassi is an Indian yogurt drink .

See ? That's why google shouldn't use Indian food for the next android name

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 02:46

29. JC557 (Posts: 1137; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Many possibilities for L like Licorice, Lemon Meringue along with lollipop.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 09:16

43. nokia12 (Posts: 325; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


they won't go for Neither Lassi nor Ladoo.. Ladoo is much more famous Sweet than Lassi..

Lollipop is the best choice .. everybody knows about it..

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 13:14

47. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


IIT grads plead Google to name Android version Lassi

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-09-11/software-services/41969487_1_android-os-sundar-pichai-lassi

Which begs the question , why should google name the next android Lassi ? Who the heck are they to demand google to call android Lassi ? Is India a economic juggernaut of the world ?

I tried Indian sweets , they are like really really too sweet , not really my thing. I know several of my Malaysian Indian friends that doesn't like Indian sweets too

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 16:30

50. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


What's your mental age by the way?

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 22:36

52. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Same as my real age.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 13:15

48. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Btw I tried ladoo , an Indian friend asked me to try it but I have forgotten the name .

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 22:06 1

7. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I've argued some of the same points with some of my tech friends. Next time I'll save them the frustration and send them a link to this article.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 22:42

11. Edward_bly (Posts: 197; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


Same here

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 22:43 5

12. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Woz ain't a fanboy and he's a smart guy, he knows which is the best mobile platform out there.

Android FTW.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 02:57

30. JC557 (Posts: 1137; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Woz is also a tinkerer like he was back in the early days of garage made computers. He really is a tech geek.

And then the power went out. Everything stopped working. We weren't prepared. Fear and confusion led to panic.... =P

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 23:03 4

13. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 816; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Could have been written a bit better... but I will not get too complacent. I should like to point out that most people are only scratching the surface of who Mr. Steve Wozniak actually is. I am not discrediting anything written, however the article has oversimplified a great man, and a great mind.

Considering I am not reading a thorough biography (which I recommend people, including the author, to read), we can relate to the man as simply as his daily interactions. He is a tech connoisseur; he loves to pick and play all makes, models, OS... TO PUT IN BRIEF: HE IS NO FANBOY. So an article shouldn't be written with the implications of "in case you thought he was a fanboy... guess what, he isn't"

He's quite a speaker and lecturer. And a CAL GOLDEN BEAR!!!

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 23:13 2

14. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


+1 I've seen numerous talks by him in YouTube and his enthusiasm with what he does is inspiring.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 14:11

49. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 816; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


I've seen him a couple times on/around campus. Quirky guy, and his recorded talks are quite focused yet enjoyable. He was speaker for the graduating class of 2013 I believe!

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 23:39 3

20. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


What is sad is how many iFans have turned on Woz simply because he speaks his mind.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 00:02 1

22. power_x (Posts: 237; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Such a traitor , if Jobs was still alive
Don't get me wrong , android is among the best , but stating that the enemy is better than the friend (especially if he is dead) isn't a good thing .

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 09:03

40. tedkord (Posts: 4942; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I don't recall him ever saying Android was better, just pointing out specific areas where it is. He's always said he loves his iPhone, too.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:19

57. Simba7 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


It was Steve Jobs that waged a war against Android, not Wozniak. That kinda tells you the values between the two and what they stand for.

Just because you founded a company, doesn't mean you have to bow and worship it 24/7.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 00:24 1

25. N5110 (Posts: 13; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


Butthurt.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 04:34 1

32. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


It is no surprise, that he likes Handroid - It is nothing else, but poorly copied iOS from day one. :)

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 09:05 3

41. tedkord (Posts: 4942; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Keep tel yourself that until maybe you believe it. Meanwhile, keep covering your eyes so you can't see that every new feature of iOS 7 was copied from somewhere else.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 16:51 1

51. Sniggly (Posts: 7115; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Look, we all know that you only ever comment when you want to attack Android and Google; sadly for you, nearly the entirety of your pathetically low post count is along those lines.

But could you maybe at some point give it a rest?

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 04:58

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


Does he like the Android as an OS or the hardware where Android lives?

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 09:11 1

42. tedkord (Posts: 4942; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Both.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 06:08 1

36. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 407; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Didn't really surprise me, you'd have to be a complete moron to deny Android is good, you'd also have to be a fool to deny that iOS is good. It boils down to preference, like Woz, I prefer power over my device, some people don't have time for that.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 06:19

37. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1396; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Great article, but one thing on " just like most Google employees use Mac computers".

It's because Google doesn't want their employees using Windows PC.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:16

56. Simba7 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Doesn't mean they run OS X on their Macs.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 07:18

38. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


its not a surprise... yall act like this guy invented the iPhone or something... he has his freedom to like whatever he likes. nothing wrong with that.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 08:57 1

39. tedkord (Posts: 4942; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Michael, I don't believe Woz ever stated he preferred Android. I think he has stated that there are some areas where Android is better than iOS.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 09:53

45. linaresx (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


Just like Michael, he waited for mother to die before shooting Fredo.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 12:11

54. ePoch270 (Posts: 93; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


+1. Was iOS banging cocktail waitresses 2 at a time?

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:11

55. linaresx (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


It knows what it did.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 04:44

58. gotenks22 (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)


This isn't a surprise everybody loves android unless they're mindless zombies :D

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