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Steve Wozniak thinks Apple should make an Android smartphone

Apple co-founder offers his firm some advice
Fri Feb 07 2014, 12:05
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak

APPLE CO-FOUNDER Steve Wozniak has said that he thinks the firm should make an Android smartphone.

During an interview with Wired, Wozniak decided to offer some advice for Apple. He said that Apple should consider launching a smartphone running Google's Android mobile operating system because it means the firm could juggle two markets at the same time.

Wozniak said, "There's nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market.

"We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time."

With Google having made Android an open source operating system, it would be technically viable for Apple to do so, but we can't see such a deal ever happening.

Despite these remarks, it's fair to say Wozniak isn't a fan of the custom bloatware that most phone makers load onto their Android devices, praising Apple for not stuffing the iPhone full of such software.

"If you have something really good, don't change it; don't screw it up," Wozniak said. "You pick up a Samsung phone and say smile and it takes a picture, but how much innovation is that? That's just throwing in a lot of features."

Wozniak, well known for his loose-lipped remarks, spoke out about Apple's rumoured iWatch too, saying that - just as the firm is unlikely to enter the Android market anytime soon, the firm is likely waiting for the right time to enter the wearables market too.

"The great products really come from secret development. You put small teams of great people on them and they aren't bothered by other people commenting on what they're doing while they're doing it.

"A whole new category of products doesn't happen very often. It might happen once a decade. Sometimes you have to wait for one of those to come about."

However, if Tim Cook's recent comments are anything to go by, the firm won't be waiting much longer, with the Apple chief having said that it will enter new product categories in 2014. µ


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