Apple's Tim Cook talks about Google and Motorola, larger iPhone screens, "crappy" Android tablet experience and more
posted by Florin T. / Feb 07, 2014, 6:14 PM
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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just face it. android is to good for you..stop trying to make it your own
posted on Feb 07, 2014, 6:17 PM 33
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you stole my pic dude......
posted on Feb 07, 2014, 9:34 PM 14
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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 Feb 08, 2014, 2:46 PM 7
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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 Feb 09, 2014, 12:32 PM 1
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Well, at least he kept it civil about the Googlerola sale. Screw him on the tablet comments though.
posted on Feb 07, 2014, 6:20 PM 30
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lol u mad bro
posted on Feb 07, 2014, 7:07 PM 6
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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 Feb 07, 2014, 8:37 PM 4
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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 Feb 09, 2014, 6:46 PM 2
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posted on Feb 07, 2014, 8:44 PM 0
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"...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 Feb 07, 2014, 7:11 PM 17
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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 Feb 09, 2014, 9:39 AM 0
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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 Feb 07, 2014, 8:53 PM 1
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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 Feb 08, 2014, 6:44 AM 2
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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 Feb 08, 2014, 12:13 AM 5
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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 Feb 08, 2014, 4:37 AM 5
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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 Feb 07, 2014, 6:26 PM 19
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