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Steve Wozniak: Apple Should Release an Android Phone

“There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market,” said ex-Apple employee Steve Wozniak in a recent interview with Wired. As we have always known, Steve is very supportive of Google’s Android effort, and frequently switches between Android and iOS devices, usually keeping a few different phones in his backpack at any given time. The man has no “brand loyalty” – he simply loves all technology. 

Woz went on to say, “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.” The Woz also took issue with a certain company’s definition of the word innovative during the talk. “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 praised Apple for its ability to say “no” when it comes to adding in different software and hardware features for the iPhone. “If you have something really good, don’t change it; don’t screw it up.” With every rendition of a Galaxy phone changing throughout the years, it’s plain to see that Samsung continues to build in new software and can’t seem to ever be satisfied with its own devices. This is exemplified when you buy a Galaxy phone with 16GB of internal storage, but are left with only 9GB of usable space thanks to Samsung’s packing in of proprietary software and custom skins.

As it is, Apple could simply fork Android at anytime, much like Amazon has done and tweak the OS to its liking, but would that ever happen? Probably not. This is Apple we are talking about. The company is very prideful when it comes to their smartphones, and it wouldn’t surprise anybody if Apple thought Android was a “cheap” or “lesser” mobile operating system.

But that’s what we love about Woz. He doesn’t care about any of that stuff – he just wants an awesome experience with his phone.

Via: Wired
  • marvin

    Woz your buddy Steve called, said please shut up, and please wipe the Samsung drool off you chin, you look and sound foolish.

  • Randy

    I agree that Samsung’s new revolutionary thing’s are not that revolutionary. But if we didn’t change things that were thought to be perfect we would all be driving Model T cars exactly they were originally made. We must continue to push forward and make things better, yes mistakes will be made but we won’t know unless we try. That’s why I love android, so many people trying to push new and better ideas.

  • dan690

    I don’t think I would buy apple crap even if it had a good operating system.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Would’ve droold for a big 5s running android.

  • schlanz

    can’t have a dl article without some good old passive aggressive Samsung bashing. I’ll take 9gb usable space plus an sd card over 14gb usable space every damn time.
    nevermind the fact that the 32gb version also exists.

  • Stephen D

    Although the iPhone is too small, Apple definitely knows how to do hardware. The iPhone feels better than anything in the hand, other than size. If they made a 5in+ iPhone running Android, I’d buy one in a hearbeat.

    • E A butler

      Square corners feel good in your hand??? REALLY??? I dont think so. ……. You need a lesson in ergonomics.

      • cizzlen

        Stop being a fan boy.

        • E A butler

          How is questioning the design aesthetics being a fanboy? I personally thought the Iphone 3g/3gs were the best iphone to hold in the hand. the 1, 4 and 5 just feel like a brick. Samsung’s latest phones are a little too wide, but curved edges are just better to hold than square edges. Use your brain … hahaha.

  • Arve Svendsen

    Picture the news: Apple innovates again This time inventing Android

  • tommy

    Yeah but their hardware is really not that impressive. I thought everybody loved the OS. I mean, what, a gig of RAM and a dual core processor? Huh? And a half size battery? For what they charge, a phone with specs to push android would cost $1000.

  • Dan Anderson

    I’d LOVE something like Bootcamp for the phone, to let me run either iOS or android with a reboot.

  • Rob

    Or, if carriers would just approve of updates quicker (and OEMs and carriers had less bloatware), we could all be enjoying updated software.

    That is the only thing I’m a little jealous of iOS users, assuming you have hardware that is supported, you will get an OS update at the same time as everyone else, instead of waiting months.

    • Chris

      I like the bulid quality of the iPhone and the quality/selection of apps on iOS (tablets especially) but i prefer the customization of Android.

      • chjapa


    • Kelly

      As much as I’d love universal simultaneous updating in Android, I think the iOS 7 rollout really complicated the whole “fragmented vs. not fragmented” debate. It does suck that Android phones are often out of date and eventually abandoned, but at least there are no mandatory updates that seriously compromise your phone’s performance. After seeing how botched the iOS 7 rollout was, I’m a bit more hesitant to criticize Android’s fragmentation.

      • Rob

        True, and with Apple once you are a couple of generations back there’s not really any way for you to run the latest iOS on your device; I remember reading that someone was able to load ICS on the OG Droid… don’t remember how bad or good the experience was, but it was possible. Don’t see this happening with iOS.

  • joejoe5709

    Blah Blah Spinning the truth Blah Blah Blah Never going to happen Blah blah blah That’s not quite the truth blah blah blah Generating buzz for Apple using Android’s success blah blah blah Is Wozniak from a parallel universe or something?? Lol. I swear this guy is the mobile industry’s equivalent to Bob Lutz – full of crazy ideas that always get press.

    Ok poking fun at Apple and the Woz is only half of my intentions here. There’s absolutely no way Apple would even fathom making an Android phone unless they were severely losing money for at least a couple of years with no good ideas in the pipeline and desperately needed a lifeboat of sorts to literally save the company. In other words, it isn’t happening. Put this way… if litigation gets them nowhere I could see them entertain this idea but they’ll try everything else first. Now if you told me that ASUS, HTC, Motorola or something similar was paying Apple to use their design studio and engineers to collaborate on a premium Android phone I might believe you even if that is also far fetched. But that’s really about it if you ask me…

    Ok ok ok let’s play Woz’s game. Let’s say Apple got crazy and made an Android phone. It’s my understand their hardware wouldn’t run Android as well as the spec beasts we have today. The iPhone is incredibly speedy for a few reasons most notably that iOS is very lightweight and perfectly optimized for the hardware. If you took similar specs over to Android, we’d be talking mid-range at best. This optimization wouldn’t be as helpful for Android with Apple’s current hardware. But… maybe just maybe KitKat (and future versions) is finally lightweight enough to be run on “lesser” hardware such as the iPhone. I can only imagine the R&D associated with that would be extremely expensive. Speaking of expensive, if the iPhone is so damned expensive compared to most Android phones, how expensive would an Apple made Android phone be??!! It would almost certainly be for the wealthier Android fans looking for a more prestigious brand.

    Like I said above – if anything, I’d like to see Apple play nice and at least farm out their designers like Porsche does and make a premium phone for another OEM using some high-end specs and some fancy materials.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      So… “Like I said above” should read “TL:DR”

      • joejoe5709

        Lol. Alright. Sorry that went a little long. Caffeine is finally kicking in. 😉

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Haha Oh I read it all, just had to make a bad joke.

          I’d have to say, I don’t think iOS is really much more lightweight than KitKat. I think Apple can just tweak their OS to run it’s best on 2-3 similar hardware platforms, and fairly well on a couple older devices. They used to be much better at it, with little to no lag, but even on my friend’s 5s, I sometimes see lag just switching between screens, or opening Safari. If you think about it, if we are seeing lag on these devices that aren’t even pushing out graphics at HD resolutions, the hardware design is pretty much the best part of the device. I think if Apple stepped up their game a little, put some faster chipsets in AND just jumped up to 720p screens, they could get back to that “no lag” aspect they used to have while stepping up their technology.

          Of course, that isn’t what you are even arguing, as I agree they could stand to let their hardware engineers be rented out to other firms and let the magic explode forth! But that would allow for competition. Apple doesn’t like that.

          • Chris

            With Apple. Their OS and hardware are done in house. So everything is bound to work together in a seamless fashion.

            Theres no carrier bloat. No silly add ons. Apple ships stock apps (calendar, contacts, reminder etc) , but productivity apps from the iLife and iWork suite are optional. Unlike Samsung or HTC who may ship a PDF viewer, facebook or a word processing app like polaris office. They (Apple) don’t preinstall apps they think you might like. They have the app store where you can browse for what you want. they give you suggestions but its still up to you

            If you buy a 16 GB iphone, chances are you’ll get close to that 16GB rather then samsung where you are left with around 7-9GB of space due to carrier bloat and samsungs preinstalled apps. that bloat slows down the phone and takes up space.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Yes, I know. I’m saying, even with them designing everything in house, their latest versions don’t work as seamlessly as they used to. They have no bloat, yet out of the box their flagship 5s can lag just like the bloated down Galaxy S4. I’m saying Apple needs to up their game a little in the hardware spec aspect, as if they plopped a CPU with the power to match their GPU, they could wipe out the lag aspect much like they had when they first came out with the iPhone.

    • Tirionfive

      Considering the iPhone 5s has more power than many quad cores, I don’t think it’d be an issue. Look at the Moto X. Smooth as hell.

      One word: Optimization.

  • mlee19841

    They sure know how to start a comment war with the tech news nowadays ………..

  • Samvelavich

    This is totally out of context… He said they COULD release an Android phone given their resources.

    • Dave12308

      With the Woz, usually when he talks like this it’s something he WISHES they would do.

  • Lawrence_Hart

    But how could Apple sue itself?

  • mcdonsco

    I highly doubt apple would ever do this…

    I’ve considered an iPhone a few times but the screen size is almost always the number one thing that keeps me from doing it. If they go to a 5″+ screen I would certainly consider it, bit knowing apple if they did they would charge $1,000 for it and being that I pay full retail, couldn’t afford that.

  • Mikey Styles

    Just don’t see it happening.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Steve Jobs’ must be rolling in his grave. And on a side note “ex apple employee” should really be Apple Co-Founder. Eitherway we all know something like this would never happen, because apple isn’t in this game strictly for Market Share it’s all about HIGH profit margins.

    • Chris

      Many people fail to remember he was the co founder… There was also Ronald Wayne but he left long ago…

      • hfoster52

        They all did. Sold out moved on Jobs was the only one that came back and forth like the tide.

        • Chris

          Right. But Ronald was the forgotten founder.

    • hfoster52

      Woz was Apple Employee #1.

  • chjapa

    As Android phones make up the majority of the market now, and their guru dead, they will change. The new Iphone will have a larger screen as the I-sheep are now realizing “hey, wait a minute, it’s something that I look at, maybe being able to see it IS a good idea!”, as well as having to make pricing more realistic (or offer a cheaper alternative) as the Nexus 5 has taught that even the best phone on the market can be priced half the average phones cost. I have an I-pad and read the Apple blogs and Jailbreaking sites as well and their are alot of MotoX lovers over there as well as a lot of dissension.

    • They just restarted production of the iphone 4 for emerging markets and their profits are still great. I don’t see why they would change anything except come out with a 5 inch iphone.

      • chjapa

        I agree, so long as the sweatshops keep churning, the money will keep flowing, Lol.

      • Daistaar

        5 inch phone with an inch for the home button/ touch ID and another for the camera/ earpiece? I doubt it. I’d think they’ll go either 4.3 or 4.7 but not 5 inches.

  • Sean Stone

    I love to hate on Apple as much as the next guy, but I do think another hardware giant stepping into the Android realm would only serve to benefit the consumer as a whole. It would certainly force the current manufacturers to step up their innovation game. I imagine an Apple Android phone would be the most tightly locked down Android phone out there, which sucks for those that like to tinker (myself included) but that’s a different discussion. The Android community as a whole likes to tout the fact that we have choices, and can customize our experience to our liking, why not add one more choice?

    • chjapa

      Jailbreak. Theres a whole universe of “illegal” apps (as well as pirated apps) that can turn an Iphone into anything. No custom ROMs, however.

  • I would probably stand in line for this device. I don’t like their viewpoints on many things, but Apple knows how to design elegant hardware. Or, at least, they used to.

    • Chris

      I still perfer to have the body of an iPhone 5s, but with a 4.7″ screen and android on it.

  • chjapa

    I was thinking this the other day! Lol. That would be a genius move. Never happen as they have too much invested in their OS but….they did switch to Intel chips after all (I know apples to oranges).

  • j

    Apple will diversify their own lineup before they ever do this. The 5C is the start, but just a small variation on a current offering. I think we will see two+ divergent phone lines very soon.

  • NexusMan

    Apple would never do that because that hurts the Apple brand. What would make “Apple” and all of it’s “iDevisions” special as a brand if you can just buy an Android phone made by them. Apple wants to make as much money as possible, but they want to do so with you “knowing” taht there is NO other os or phone better than iOS on the Apple brand.

  • chris125

    The iPhone would get lost in the shuffle. It really has no stand out features that would set it apart from every other android out there. They would fall into the mid range device list if they did.

  • Grayson

    It would be pretty sweet for the great camera alone.

    • Tim242

      The S4 camera is slightly better than that of the 5S.

      • Grayson

        Have you ever tried to take pictures of your pets or children indoors with the S4? Blur and noise fest. The iPhone 5S still gets good shots in those conditions, and without having to manually adjust any settings. Listen, I hate Apple and love my Android phones, but the camera in the iPhone 5S is phenomenal for a phone camera.

        • Tim242

          I bought a 5S yesterday. I respectfully disagree. I am returning it today.

          • Grayson

            I don’t blame you for returning it. I would too. But if you’re returning it because the camera isn’t good enough, then your unit is defective.

          • Tim242

            The camera was fine….just not better than my S4.

    • joejoe5709

      Apple no longer leads the way for cameras. Samsung and LG’s cameras meet or beat iPhone for the best smartphone camera. I know it’s a bit extreme, but look at what Sony and Nokia are doing in their phones. With those cameras you can almost leave your point-and-shoot at home.

      • hfoster52

        Who do you think Apple buys the sensors from? SONY… 🙂

      • Grayson

        Um… no. Just no. The Galaxy S4, LG G2, and Sony Xperia Z1 CAN take better pictures than the iPhone 5S on occasion IF the conditions are right, but the iPhone 5S takes good pictures in nearly every situation. The S4 and Z1 especially both suck indoors and in sub-optimal lighting, especially if taking pictures of moving subjects. The Nokia Lumia 1020 and 1520 can take better pictures than the iPhone 5S is most situations, but it often requires adjusting a few settings to get a great shot. The iPhone 5S gets great shots almost every time without having to touch the settings, which is how phone cameras should be. If I wanted to take the time to adjust settings, I might as well use my DSLR and get a wayyy better shot than any phone camera.

  • monkey082506

    I don’t like Kindle’s because of the locked down system and the strings to pull to make it do what I want, same reason I wouldn’t like an Apploid. They would try to make it theirs and well, I highly doubt I would give it a second look, been wrong before though.

  • Guest

    On side note…Wow does droid-life have so many ads on a desktop. It had been a while that i’d use a PC! Immediately downloaded adblock on my dads PC.

    • NexusMan

      Really? I’ve been running adblock for over a year. Thank God.

      • MikeKorby

        Currently, AdBlock is catching 6 ads on DL alone.
        Best. Extension. EVER!

    • Tim242

      Kellen doesn’t care about how usable the site is for us. That is evident with not only the gazillion floating ads, but also the persistent share bar. At least ad blocking takes care of most of the crap.

      • Feed Jake

        Where’s your donation to droid-life? I’m sure they’d love to take down the ads and put up a banner saying, “There was an ad here. But thanks to Tim242 there’s not.”

        • Tim242

          There’s a right way and wrong way to do ads. I don’t mind ads. However, floating ads with a tiny x to close is obnoxious.

  • RichFromBX

    it’s an interesting concept – the only thing really holding technology back are the egos and businesses involved with the development. Imagine what could be produced if you took the best engineers from Apple, Google and Microsoft with a few independents sprinkled in…

  • Gr8Ray

    Would not buy.

  • PoisonApple31

    Love that Woz picture, it looks like he’s going to release “spirit fingers…”

  • George Davis

    What’s with the jazz hands Woz? Android vs. iPhone, the musical?

    • PoisonApple31

      I missed your post, otherwise I would not have made mine. Couldn’t agree more!

  • VT_mnt3

    He never actually said that Apple should make one. He said that they could if they ever felt like it due to the openness of Android. The title is a bit over the top.

  • MichaelFranz

    This guy is just flat awesome. Anything he ever says (most of the time) is something you could back. He doesnt care about the nit-pickign everyoen goes through. He is a pure tech-enthusiast.

    • michael arazan

      Too bad he doesn’t have controlling stock in the company to point it in another direction, they could of had half the world’s market if they listened to him on a few things

  • Cesar

    Don’t think I’d ever buy or use such a thing, but it’s an interesting concept to consider.

    iDroid, eh?

  • 213ninja

    sounds neat but i doubt Apple could afford the legal paradox they’d create when they sued themselves…

    • John Legere

      Woz looks like an ape.


    brilliant, I never even thought about that. Apple could build the hardware and load Android on it as a low end phone. would beat out the 5C.

  • I like his approach. Now that Motorola is going to be held up by the Chinese, the thought of getting my first iPhone popped into my head. BUT, I highly doubt that will ever become a reality. Plus, as much as Google has upset me with the whole deal, I know they’ve got a plan in place and this is a temporary pain. Back to my point though, it’s always good to at least have an open mind, even if you never switch what your current preference is.

    • Tim242

      Yeah, I bought an iPhone 5S yesterday. It didn’t take me long to say, “Hello again Galaxy.” BTW, don’t let anybody tell you how great TouchID is. It is a gimmick. It only worked about half of the time. I never got it to work in the app store.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Wired is misreporting what Woz said. He said that they “could” make an Android phone if they wanted to, not that they should.


    • Oh Eric, You’re Silly

      And caps. 🙂

  • Justin Foster

    Ha, Android on Apple Hardware…
    That’s not a terrible idea, but I fear it would lock down the OS to 0 customization options.

    • Droid Ronin

      Plus there wouldn’t be any NFC.

    • Shane Redman

      It’s called Samsung Galaxy….

  • Tony Byatt
    • chjapa

      Shame it didn’t too.

    • You have won the internets for today.

      • Interweb_Legend

        Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha! “You have won the internets for today”. That’s the funniest thing I have ever read on the web!

        Just kidding. It’s lame.That comment is getting more worn out than a one legged ninja in an a$$ kicking contest.It was funny back when it wasn’t used a bazillion times already, in every forum, in every thread, by every idiot who thinks they’re witty. Please stop. Now.

        • trumpet444

          We should also shun anyone who uses the word “dat”. It’s a ghetto-trash, made up word and ridiculously played out.

          • tru dat

          • Tony Byatt

            Who Dat…

          • Daistaar

            lol “played out” lol

        • Aaron

          You pointing out his tired comment with the elementary school level “one legged *whatever* in an ass kicking contest”? Come on, man!

          • Interweb_Legend

            Had to relay the information to him on his level!

  • Colton

    not sure… how to feel…
    do I agree or disagree?
    I don’t even know…

    • sc0rch3d

      apple HW + Android SW is my unicorn

      • Colton

        right?! I think we just have to BELIEVE? hahahahah

      • hfoster52

        It has been done before…… But no one really wanted it that bad.

        • trumpet444

          Was it done before? I remember seeing a video of a kid booting 2.1 or something like that on a 3GS a few years ago but it was nowhere near usable as a daily driver.

  • Philip J. Fry
  • Erik Wood

    Go home Woz you’re drunk.

  • Pedro Peguero Jr.

    Oh Woz… lol