It's pretty big news when a company's founder acknowledges that a competitor has a great product. It's an entirely different thing when he predicts that it will win.
While he may not still be with the company and now has to wait in line to get his iPhone, Steve Wozniak is still a name most people associate with Apple. So it came across as fairly big news when he not only praised the Android platform, but predicted that it would eventually become the top platform in the smartphone world.
This of course was seen as a huge PR move for Android and its many supporters. After all, Apple's co-founder had just said that Android is better than the iPhone and will take over the market because of its quality and features, right?
Well, not really.
As sometimes happens in this era of viral news, the prediction from Woz that Android could take over the market got turned into headlines about Apple's founder waiving the white flag and admitting Android is the better product.
Of course after seeing the interpretation his quotes were getting (and likely after a few calls from his old mates at Apple,) Woz again got on the line with reporters and said that his words were being taken out of context.
What Woz apparently was saying is what a lot of people have been saying for some time. Android should become the dominant smartphone platform due to its ubiquity, not necessarily due to its quality.
The iPhone may not claim as many users, says Woz, but that doesn't mean it isn't the better platform.
Just like OS X has a small market share because it only runs on Apple hardware, iOS looks to stake out a minority share in the smartphone market as it only runs on iPhone, versus the dozens of hardware vendors adopting Android.
This isn't really a bad thing. A smaller market share allows Apple to keep tight control over its ecosystem without worrying about antitrust issues, and with the smartphone market set to blow up in the coming years, a 10-20% share of the market would be an absolute gravy train for any company, let alone one that pulls a double whammy from selling both its hardware and software.
So yes, Android likely will become the top platform. And no, it doesn't mean that the iPhone is in for any trouble.
In the meantime, don't blame Woz for giving an honest answer.
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