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. 

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. 


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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57 Comments

1. XperiaOptimusOne unregistered

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

8. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Good man

16. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

17. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

31. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 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...

46. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

2. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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'!

33. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

44. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

3. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

surprise? what surprise? Android FTW

4. SleepingOz unregistered

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

9. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Haha, so true +1

5. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

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

6. GeekMovement unregistered

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 (:

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

It could be Lollipop or some kind of Indian food.

15. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 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 .

18. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

21. GeekMovement unregistered

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.

53. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Lifesavers? Makes sense with their corporate candy tie in.

35. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 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,

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.

24. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 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

27. XperiaOptimusOne unregistered

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

28. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Lassi is an Indian yogurt drink . See ? That's why google shouldn't use Indian food for the next android name

29. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

43. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 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..

47. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 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

50. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

What's your mental age by the way?

52. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Same as my real age.

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