Android Will Beat iPhone, Apple Co-Founder Says
Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak has been a fan of Apple products even though he hasn't been part of the company for decades. But that doesn't mean he can't see the potential of Android.
Wozniak compared Android to the Windows platform in that it is on dozens of devices, whereas the iPhone operating system, much like the Mac operating system for computers, is only on a select few devices. Even though Wozniak says iOS "has very few weak points" and gets few complaints, it won't be able to win out against the ubiquity and customizability of the Android platform .
"In terms of quality, the iPhone is leading," Wozniak said, but added that he thought Android would eventually reach the same level of quality. In a followup interview with Engadget, Wozniak reiterated that he didn't think Android was better than iPhone or has better apps, just that Android has the potential to outsell iPhone because it is on so many devices.
"I'm not trying to put Android down, but I'm not suggesting it's better than iOS by any stretch of the imagination. But it can get greater marketshare and still be crappy," he told Engadget.
Wozniak also revealed that there could have been an iPhone as early as 2004. Apparently, Apple was collaborating with a well known Japanese manufacturer and produced a phone with great hardware. However, Wozniak says, it was eventually scrapped because the company wanted something that "would amaze the world."
Apple eventually designed and manufactured the iPhone itself and released it in 2007.