Wozniak says if he were running Apple, he would partner with Google
0. phoneArena 03 Nov 2013, 13:44 posted on
Could you imagine a world in which Apple and Google were partners? Steve Wozniak can, and the Apple co-founder told the BBC in an interview that "I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners in the future;" the living legend is impressed with the way Google's search engine fuels Android speech recognition, especially when compared to Apple's Siri. "Sometimes I say 'Go to Joe's Diner' and [Siri] doesn't know where Joe's Diner is...
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1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Honestly, this is why I love Woz. This man is filled with ideas.
33. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13555; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Normally I would dismiss the idea and call Woz a nutter but there's some parts where google and apple could work together and partner up. Ultimately though it wouldn't really be feasible and still maintain a competitive environment.
42. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
That "nutter" is 75 percent of the reason there's an Apple for you to worship at all.
44. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Yup, without the nutter, Apple wouldn't have been first to market with a floppy disk drive. Without the floppy disk drive at the time he developed it, microcomputers would not have had the ability to load multiple programs without some outrageously expensive disk or tape drive.
Wozniak is one of the true pioneers who contributed innovations that enabled the PC market to grow to what it has become. The other guy was a marketer. Wozniak created things.
50. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13555; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Steve Jobs created the line of idevices, which are the ones that saved Apple. I know Woz was instrumental in apple. That's not the point.
65. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
"Created" is a strong word. Jobs was a brilliant businessman. He knew how to look at ideas and see what people would want, and how to make people want them.
However, the actual creation of the iDevices went to a whole team of people. Jobs may have made decisions about how the iDevices got made and what they contained, but he was far from actually building, engineering, or programming most, if not all of it.
So yeah, Jobs saved Apple with his business acumen, but without Wozniak, there wouldn't have even been an Apple to save. Please remember this the next time you think about dismissing Wozniak as a "nutter" who shouldn't be listened to.
69. lyndon420 (Posts: 4456; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Steve is dead, and the company he helped found is dying fast. A prosperous company doesn't need to focus 99% of their resources on trying to kill off the direct competition. Apple is worried and they have every right to be.
54. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
...Droid_X_Doug...You're absolutely correct: The UC BERKELEY Engineer, Wozniak, was the TRUE inventor at Apple.
71. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
WOZ is no business man... yes we love the tech/geek part of him but he can't run a business... lets be real.
49. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13555; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I don't worship apple. I just enjoy their quality products. I'm not dismissing Wozs contributions.
70. lyndon420 (Posts: 4456; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
You couldn't say a bad thing about apple even if they stopped paying you.
52. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
...SNIGGLY, you're giving waaaaay too much credit ( if you mean the other 25% ) to Shyster-Jobs...
63. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Peace on earth ended when god created lawyers and patents. Nice sentiments, and Kudos to Woz, but that ain't how the world works ;o)
64. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Apple and competitive environment? Apple wants all competition elimintated. -- remeber Thermonuclear crap so "shamelessly advertised" by the person who coined the same?
78. grapeseed87 (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
That nutter invented the concept of Modern PC and improved Pong for Jobs. Without him there NEVER would have been Apple.
37. Tommy1960i (Posts: 119; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)
Why do we have to make everything to be owned or directed by google? I hate that. Android powered computers, telephones, gear, and so on.... where will you stop? I feel good that Apple will never partner with google, at least I hope so. We need to have this competition which will motivate everyone discover more and get better and better. And why every time an article says very nice things about Android everyone is happy and if it says something good about iPhone everyone of you gets mad? I just don't understand it. If you will go to Europe you will see that android phones are normal and average where the iPhone is regarded as a Premium phone wich shows quality, luxury and precission, 3 things that Android lacks.
40. hiipurcult_ure (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)
i agree that we DO need this competition between google and apple. without it, nothing would be improved. google now would probably not have happened as soon as it has if siri was never introduced. likewise, siri would probably not improve and continue to improve if google now hadnt been developed.
whether you like iphones better or androids is all up to your personal opinion, but competition fuels diversity and improvements for all us smart phone enthusiasts.
45. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Google had been working on Google Now a long time before Apple introduced Siri on iOS 6...
61. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
PapaSmurf, you are full of sh*t.
It came with iOS 5.
75. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Oh no, I'm full of s--t for a simple typo. Oh no!
Do me a favor? Hop off. Seriously.
43. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I think you accidentally replied to me...
Any who, I wouldn't mind if Apple teamed with Google. The two greatest tech companies in the world merging into one would be kinda great. Yeah there should always be competition, but it would just motivate other companies to innovate and push more than they already are now.
41. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
This man is simply awesome!! If he's owner of apple all law suits will put at a end. Damn wish he was in charge. And siri still gets u lost.
68. lyndon420 (Posts: 4456; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Agreed. The Woz is the only person that was involved with apple who deserves ongoing respect so far. If he was running apple maybe he could put out a product that would actually impress me enough to leave Google. Nah...that's borderline impossible-all we need is Google (breifly lost my mind there).
2. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
The woz is the source of all truth! (awesome picture of him!)
77. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
WOW FOR PRESIDENT.