Wozniak says if he were running Apple, he would partner with Google

Wozniak says if he were running Apple, he would partner with Google
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 interiew 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. And very often usually I find out that Android does."

Wozniak admits that he doesn't know much about the business end of things which could prevent such an Apple-Google partnership from happening. He does understand that a company needs to make money, although he firmly believes that an Apple-Google combination could produce improvements in wearable tech, like smartwatches or AR glasses. "For about three or four years I've been talking about organic LED displays that could be theoretically printed on plastic, wrapped and folded. It could be on the inside of your arm and then when you flip your arm up it could actually flip open into your own hand. I want a full smartphone-like capability on my wrist. The trouble is the more I think about it, I don't want the small size."

As far as the patent battle are concerned, Wozniak believes that companies should be able to buy a license from other companies at a fair price. He says that there are some features on Samsung handsets that he would like to see on the iPhone. As we head toward the holiday season, the Woz has a business-style message for peace on earth. "I wish everybody just did a lot of cross-licensing and sharing the good technology, all our products would be better, we'd go further. I do wish they were more compatible."

source: BBCNews via CNET



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Honestly, this is why I love Woz. This man is filled with ideas.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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: Dec 05, 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: Dec 22, 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 unregistered

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: Dec 05, 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.

54. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 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: Feb 22, 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 unregistered

I don't worship apple. I just enjoy their quality products. I'm not dismissing Wozs contributions.

52. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

...SNIGGLY, you're giving waaaaay too much credit ( if you mean the other 25% ) to Shyster-Jobs...

63. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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: Aug 11, 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: Mar 13, 2013

That nutter invented the concept of Modern PC and improved Pong for Jobs. Without him there NEVER would have been Apple.

35. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

No wonder Woz is one of the best.

48. skuld

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

The Wizard of Woz.

37. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 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: Nov 03, 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: May 14, 2012

Google had been working on Google Now a long time before Apple introduced Siri on iOS 6...

61. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

PapaSmurf, you are full of sh*t. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siri_(Software) It came with iOS 5.

75. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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: May 14, 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.

2. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

The woz is the source of all truth! (awesome picture of him!)

3. TomTheNerd

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

the picture is sorta creepy

4. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

Can we nominate Woz for the Nobel prize?

77. InspectorGadget80 unregistered


5. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

That would be the day...

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Truth has been told.

7. rcl4444

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

Amen! - Thank you Steve W! The mobile world would become awesome! You'd have the best of features, form and mobile experience available together on the one device, and the competition would be producing even better tech and products to compete. We can but hope and dream...

8. rcl4444

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

And no more patent lawsuits!!

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