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Steve Wozniak: There’s “nothing keeping Apple out of the Android market”

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Steve Wozniak makes a daring statement

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, has revealed that there is nothing stopping Apple from launching an Android device.

Although Wozniak is no longer involved with the daily workings of Apple, he still has superior insights into the company’s mindset.

He believes Apple could launch an Android device as a second strand to its iOS flagship line.

“There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of Android market as a secondary phone market. We could compete very well”, said Wozniak in an interview with Wired. “People like the precious look of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offering. We could play in two arenas at the same time.”

There’s definitely nothing technically stopping Apple from launching an Android device, as Google’s OS is an open-source system software available to anyone to develop.

Similar to the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet range, Apple could even introduce a heavy Android UI to bring it more in-line with iOS.

Wozniak, of course is still very protective of Apple and defended the company against backlash suggesting the company failed to show any innovation last year.

Apple is strongly rumoured to be working on an iWatch smartwatch and its own smart TV currently nicknamed the Apple iTV. However, neither made an appearance during 2013.

“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 product category doesn’t happen very often. It might happen once a decade. Sometimes you have to wait for one of those to come about.”

He also said the iPhone 5S was lacking in new features because of Apple’s choice, suggesting Samsung “just throws in a lot of features” that aren’t really that innovative.

“If you have something really good don’t change it; don’t screw it up”, said Wozniak, before adding that “people don’t really choose their smartphones based on features.”

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Gareth

February 6, 2014, 6:54 pm

Personally I feel the Mac Pro shows some of the greatest innovation at Apple in years, that form factor delivering that power all at a cool whisper is an incredible feat of engineering.

Why people feel the need to critize Apple for not reinventing the wheel on a weekly basis is beyond me, they are in a no win situation. Fanboys and tech sites whip themselves into a frenzy with rumour after rumour then attack Apple for not producing something had never claimed to be doing in the first place.

I guess it's tough at the top

Back on point. Yep I definitely see that happening Woz haha

K.Washington

February 7, 2014, 10:33 am

I totally agree with you. The Mac Pro is a great product with cutting edge design. I'm a pro user and the technology behind that machine is mind blowing.

Swifty

February 7, 2014, 1:30 pm

Then you must be purely a video pro, because its use is, sadly, severely limited in most other sectors. That single IvyBridge CPU and fixed Firepros see to that.

Great design and superb value, but built-in obsolescence - and that last point is an instant fail for most professional workstations.

And for pete's sake, please let AMD support the GPUs! Apple tech support is woeful for professional requirements - D300s are still hugely unoptimised.

Prem Desai

February 8, 2014, 1:35 pm

The article's about Apple making Android handsets.

I really hope not - that would completely screw up the Android market - it would be all secrets and lies.

On your comment, the Mac Pro is very good. I still wouldn't buy one but acknowledge the engineering achievement. However, you are ignoring the disappoints from last year: iPhone 5S, iOS 7 (new skin), nothing really new. This is after Tim Cook coming up on stage and saying how wonderful these were.

Apple had a rubbish 2013. Nothing to do with rumours but with the actual rubbish they delivered.

2014 has kicked off well with the Mac Pro - let's hope this is the beginning of things to come from Apple in 2014.

Gareth

February 8, 2014, 6:24 pm

I'm aware what the article is about hence me saying back on point. I was however pointing out a great innovation in the Mac Pro, if I had have stayed with the article it would have just been my closing sentence. This is never going to happen is it?

I didn't ignore the disappointments either I felt I covered them in Apples no win situation with fanboys and rumour sites whipping themselves up in a frenzy. However I will agree ios 7 is a stinker with so many ill conceived ideas it seems VERY un Apple

Apple did the major innovation in bringing the iPhone and iOS then the iPad to begin with, what's left to do but gradually refine? On devices this thin and light how do you drastically redesign?

The only innovation that people will be happy with is totally new products which for me as an 18year plus Apple user will only further dillute Apples focus. Leading to more less well thought out updates like ios7 and the dreadful Lion

Korgarath

February 11, 2014, 6:01 pm

What's the point? The HTC One & Sony Xperia range of Android handsets both look very nice and premium at the moment, and have great specs to boot. If Apple did Android, to attract any of the faithful market they would have to give up on their policy of un-customizable, proprietary software and actually let users do some things for themselves like (shock, horror) changing the default keyboard. Or playing downloaded Mp3's whacked on the phones file system straight from a computer folder via Micro USB with no iTunes or Lightning in sight. Don't see them liking that idea!

Either that or Apple release a phone with a horrible, proprietary, too simplistic and un-moddable version of Android with below-par specs and realize they've basically just invented the iPhone again. Pointless. They will always have people who will buy the new iPhones, stick to keeping that market happy.

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