Apple co-founder Wozniak sings Android's praises


Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), wishes his iPhone could do some of the things Android phones can do, even though he still uses the Apple flagship product as his primary phone. In Wozniak's esteem, Android has the iPhone beat in functions such as voice command and built-in navigation, reports Dan Lyons at The Daily Beast.

"I used to ask Siri, 'What are the five biggest lakes in California?' and it would come back with the answer. Now it just misses. It gives me real estate listings. I used to ask, 'What are the prime numbers greater than 87?' and it would answer. Now instead of getting prime numbers, I get listings for prime rib, or prime real estate," Wozniak said.

A short while back, Wozniak was photographed with Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) employees in front of the Android development building as he picked up a Galaxy Nexus for himself, Lyons notes. Although Android phones are somewhat more complicated than iPhones, "if you're willing to do the work to understand it a little bit, well I hate to say it, but there's more available in some ways," Wozniak said.

Lyons notes that Wozniak is old friends with Andy Rubin, who is in charge of the Android project, and he sat on the board of Rubin's former company.

Wozniak said he can see a similarity between Apple's strategy in the mobile space--keeping its software tied to its hardware--and its Macintosh strategy. In that earlier situation, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) won out in market share by licensing Windows to many hardware manufacturers, and some see Android following a similar path vis-a-vis iOS. Only this time, it could be less of a contest. "There's not as big a difference [between iOS and Android] as there was between Mac and Windows," Wozniak said.

"I have a lower success rate with Siri than I do with the voice built into the Android, and that bothers me," Wozniak said. "I'll be saying, over and over again in my car, 'Call the Lark Creek Steak House,' and I can't get it done. Then I pick up my Android, say the same thing, and it's done. Plus I get navigation. Android is way ahead on that."

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