Steve Wozniak says Apple should do Android, is not impressed by Samsung

Apple's co-founder, Steve Wozniak, is known for speaking out his mind in a frank and direct manner. But nothing really corroborates that notion as completely as does a just-outed interview the man gave for Wired. According to Woz, Apple should do Android, and there'd by nothing to really stop it, as people go bananas for Apple products:

Of course, the very notion sounds almost like heresy, given the long history of struggle the Android and iOS platforms share. But hey, that is one perk of not being involved in the day-to-day running of the company -- you can say whatever you please and get away with it. Which doesn't mean that the idea isn't intriguing, to say the least. While the Android army of manufacturers is now far beyond count, truly premium handsets are still a rarity. And Apple certainly could do it -- Android is, after all, an open-source platform (sort of). Obviously, the odds of hitting the jackpot sound like a sure deal in comparison.

Woz also addressed a common question that has been up in the air this past year -- has Apple lost its mojo? The co-founder is not worried. According to him, "a whole new category of products doesn't happen very often". 

But Wozniak had more to say, and went on to imply that it's companies like Samsung that don't innovate, not Apple. According to the tech guru, pouring features into a handset does not satisfy the sacred meaning of the word. He, instead, commended Apple on its restraint from bloating its OS:

Of course, Wozniak does have more reason to stay true to Apple than most.

source: Wired, image credit: Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images for Best Brands



1. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

You can tell that and iPhone running android has been discussed many times within the company. I say they should do it I love both iOS and android equally but imessage on android would be killer!

8. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Not gonna happen.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think he's finally gone crazy. iOS on android is like the donkeys I mean broncos shaking hands with the Seahawks.

13. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You mean it's already been done? /s

15. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I think he is saying that apple should make an android phone with all its bling, but yes, that shouldn't never happen. I mean, they can't even get ios7 right almost a year later!

35. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

IOS 7 in my opinion is just IOS looking similar to android while keeping the IOS feel. Imagine what kind of android skin apple could make

44. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Thank You

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I think you're delusional. This man is AWESOME.

26. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

Finally gone crazy? He's been this way for a while now.

32. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Atleast it's good crazy ;)

38. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

I think he's gone bat crap crazy.

31. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol no he isn't crazy, he just isn't a fanboy. He sees something he likes and speaks him mind, that is respectable and commendable. He openly admits what is wrong and what is right no matter who or what the subject is. Fanboys such as yourself could learn a thing or two from him.

39. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

Him not being a fanboy is beside the point. He just says nonsensical things. Who in their right mind believes Apple should do Android? They would never generate the sales and profits they have right now.

42. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Just because I don't have a biased opinion like you and other people doesn't mean I say "nonsensical things." Apple would too generate sales, for a lot of people their only problem with IOS is it not being open sourced like android. Put premium build quality with killer software and good advertisement and you have lots of profit

47. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

That was a neutral comment. If Sundar Pichai said Google was going to make a Nexus Windows phone I would say he nuts. Second, there's already a number of Android phones with what you perceive as "premium build quality". Third, you're diluting the iOS brand by going with another OS, not to mention handing a ton of money to one of your rivals.

68. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

"If Sundar Pichai said Google was going to make a Nexus Windows phone I would say he nuts" this comment gave me this idea: apple should do a nexus device! LOL :D

48. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

UUMMMMmmm MEEEE?!?!? because u get a great camera (software ppl, thats y apples camera is pound 4 pound, #1), u get Great design of phone, u get the usability of ANDROID not the stiffiling closet of iOS, the actual true inovations apple made will be able to finaly realize theire TRUE potential when ANYONE can manipulate them to what they want, WHEN they want it to. hell Imagine Custom Roms on an Apple device!!! i would be VERRY intrested in buying one....... that said, it still would need a Removable Battery and SD card slot :D

50. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

They wouldn't generate sales and profits by switching to the most prevelant mobile OS in the world? Did you really just say that? Not to mention iFanboys all over the US would go bananas if Apple sold an iTurd and put it in a box with an Apple logo on it. iFans will buy just about anything with an Apple logo on it. It's pathetic, but true.

59. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Almost like they do for android. You put android in the box and people without know how just simply buy the phone because their friends note 3 is awesome then call the carrier mad that their phone is slow. However i agree, apple fans i dont know would go nuts, but more money in any companies pockets is a win. Isn't the whole idea of android being open? I guess it's users are less than open.

64. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

What world are you living in? The Note 3 is not slow by any stretch of the imagination. Nor was the S3 that I use to have or the S4 I have now.

76. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

nope ....

63. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

When ifans see a new apple product they know what to expect and it's clear why they do. Apple has given customers satisfaction and has made their brand known for reliability.

61. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Read the article, he said as a secondary device. So the existing profits would be there and now ADDITIONAL profits and sales from people who want Android not iOS but would like the premium Apple hardware. Multiple revenue streams instead of limited to iOS. So its an ingenious plan, but one that will never happen.

62. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Are you saying that if Apple did both OS', they wouldn't make more money than they are now?

65. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

Yes. It'll diminish their iOS brand and potential iTunes profit would go to Google. iTunes is a big money maker for them, not to mention iOS has exclusive apps and the apps usually come to their store first. They risk the chance of that coming to end if they did both iOS and Android. What they should do is what they are rumored to be doing - increase the size of the phone. That'll have a bigger impact then going to Android.

91. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

Yes I agree with Ant34. If they do Android, it might give the impression that thay are admitting their OS is inferior so they need to use a better one (Android), which is true by the way. And if iOS users switch to "Apple Android", they will not generate the same revenue they get from iOS devices because of Google licensing (if its Google Android), and Play Store revenue goes to Google instead of Apple. So yeah their revenue will not be the same.

72. tedkord

Posts: 17464; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

People who love tech. Apple would make more profits of they did this. They could sell to both sides.

45. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013


58. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Umm they did shake hands after the super bowl. And it is Android software on Apple hardware that he is suggesting. Not iOS on Android. I think it would be a brilliant move honestly. I know it would never happen but Apple would get millons of new customers, and it would be an innovative way to get into emerging markets with lower price devices.

55. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

hangout exists. its cross platform and based on cloud. i dont think any messaging app can beat that.

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