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Woz Misquoted About Android Dominating iOS 251

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bonch writes "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's quote that Android would dominate over iOS was widely covered by the tech press, but after seeking clarification, Engadget reports that Wozniak was misquoted by Dutch paper De Telegraaf. 'Almost every app that I have is better on the iPhone,' says Woz, claiming that he would never say that Android was better than iOS. '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.' Woz has an Engadget account and has posted further comments to the linked article."
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Woz Misquoted About Android Dominating iOS

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  • by zonker (1158) on Thursday November 18, 2010 @09:55PM (#34277976) Homepage Journal

    Indeed. BTW, this Slashdot story misquotes Woz too. He did say that Android would likely dominate. What he was misquoted about was the quality of Android vs. iOS. He said he prefers iOS apps over Android apps but he thinks Android as an OS will likely dominate over time.

  • by Lunix Nutcase (1092239) on Thursday November 18, 2010 @10:08PM (#34278052)

    And yet has gone down from over 60% to barely over 40% in only around 2 years.

  • by Tharsman (1364603) on Thursday November 18, 2010 @10:26PM (#34278154)

    You know a lot of people have turned the price of a Mac and their $99 Developer Program expenses into a shit ton of cash.

    Sure, you could try the same trick on Android, but even though there are more Android phones sold now, Apple's App Store accounts for 92% of the cell phone application store bucks spent. App Store coders like me certainly won't miss the competition, anyway, so yeah, stick to your plan of not developing for the iOS. That's the best advice I can give you.

    Don't forget about the headaches that come with programming for the platform. Angry Birds developers also have come out to say, in many words and with a lot of cact, [rovio.com] what a headache it is to develop for the fragmented hardware platform.

  • by hkz (1266066) on Thursday November 18, 2010 @10:31PM (#34278182)

    I'm Dutch and I concur. Comparing De Telegraaf to The Sun feels about right. I won't comment about this incident, but De Telegraaf is not known for being nonpartisan and rigorous, to put it nicely.

  • by foniksonik (573572) on Thursday November 18, 2010 @11:38PM (#34278540) Homepage Journal

    Amazon is still recouping it's costs. It's not as profitable as it can be. That said 60 times is still fairly speculative.

  • Re:News at 11 (Score:4, Informative)

    by symbolset (646467) * on Friday November 19, 2010 @02:08AM (#34279056) Journal

    Y'all are bargaining in the wrong direction. For only 16 million a year I'd take the Microsoft CEO gig and I can guarantee a 20% stock price bump my first 90 days or it's free. That's an extra $44B in market cap in three months. Shucks, I wouldn't even have to show up to deliver that. I could deliver that in a drunken stupor on the set of Girls Gone Wild just because my name is not Steve. I could have a lot of fun screwing around while doing that. It's a hell of a deal at twice the price.

    Oh I'd want the usual platinum parachute and stock options too - just because working for the Beast of Redmond is so unsavory and there isn't enough money to make me do it for more than a year. I'm sure I could convince them to get rid of me in 12 months or so.

  • by wvmarle (1070040) on Friday November 19, 2010 @02:22AM (#34279106)

    Very much, it's the free world. Not sure whether you're trolling or not but some explanation appears to be in place.

    If you think it is the same as China, think again. It belongs politically to China but for the rest in practice it's more like an independent country.

    Hong Kong is one of the free-est countries in the world, ranking nr. 1 in the Heritage Foundation list for economic freedom (this compared to the US which comes in at nr 8).

    It's a free port, little restrictions to capital flow with a freely convertible currency, open immigration policy, with a government that is maybe even more pro-business than the US is (and yes that government is a major problem but luckily it stays mostly out of the way). Hong Kong also has press freedom (a decent nr. 34 on the Reporters without Borders 2010 list - China is near the bottom on nr 171).

    It's also a place with a strong rule of law and a fair, highly respected justice system and police, and one of the lowest corruption rates in the world, ranking 15th on the "corruption perception index 2010", two places higher than the US.

    Furthermore Hong Kong is slowly but surely moving towards full democracy, so that government thingy will be solved too. Freedom of press is also being protected furiously - remember 2003 when about half a million people (or a full 7% of the total population!) went to the streets to protect those freedoms.

  • by Barryke (772876) on Friday November 19, 2010 @02:29AM (#34279136) Homepage

    "De Telegraaf" interviewed him? No wonder.. they are not thrustworthy in my oppinion.

    De Telegraaf is a glossy magazine in newspaper format. Its mostly about what A said about B, what B thinks about this, and what the newspaper speculates C has to do with it.
    It also recently bought Hyves.nl, the dutch Facebook.com. Not sure why.
    It has the worst page layout i've ever seen in a newspaper. I recon each issue contains every font known to man, in all font sizes upto 3cm, and tries to apply every font style and linespacing imaginable.
    It often posts bullshit stories only to rectify them the day after -with another huge headline- as if its the news itself. Just like American newschannels do.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 19, 2010 @03:48AM (#34279376)

    Indeed. BTW, this Slashdot story misquotes Woz too. He did say that Android would likely dominate. What he was misquoted about was the quality of Android vs. iOS. He said he prefers iOS apps over Android apps but he thinks Android as an OS will likely dominate over time.

    You're sugar coating it. He said
    "Android phones have more features,"
    and
    "Almost every app I have is better on the iPhone."
    and he expects Android
    "to be a lot like Windows... 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."

  • by Mr_Silver (213637) on Friday November 19, 2010 @06:00AM (#34279894)

    This is so true. A comment here has no credibility in and of itself but there WILL be serious physicists posting on a physics story here. The same with any other scientific, technical, or engineering article.

    Unfortunately it still doesn't seem to work. I've seen plenty of articles where I am reasonably knowledgeable about the subject (either having worked in that area or because it is my product!) and yet there are plenty of uninformed comments which are then voted up by uninformed moderators.

    I've tried posting but often my comments never get voted up because they go against what the current +5 opinion is. After a while I just don't bother any more.

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