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1. Apple co-founder prefers Android to iPhone

As I was saying in 2008, this is similar technology battle to the one fought in the 80s and again the open system is winning.

Ron Maltiel

Jan 21, 2012

 

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2. Update- Woz: Android will eventually beat the iPhone (Steve Wozniak co-founder of Apple)

November 18, 2010

slashgear.com via Android Community; via Engadget

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3. Are iPhone and Android Smart Phones Repeating the History of Mac vs. PC in the 80s?

September 25, 2008

Is history repeating itself in the evolution of the mobile internet platform? In the 80s, when the personal computer (PC) industry started there was no standard personal computer. The PC market got a shot in the arm when IBM introduced a personal computer that became a standard as a result of IBM's size and power. Its open specification enabled many developers to create applications that could run on the IBM PC. The PC market took off with a standard general purpose computer offered by many vendors for any possible application. IBM's open standard for PC propelled the adoption of the PC. Many new applications were created by many developers which propagated demand for the PC. Apple's Mac closed system and tight controls of outsider developers reduced the demand for the elegant Mac computer.

Apple's development of the iPhone brings back memories of the development of their first Mac computers. While Apple is trying to avoid their mistake with the Mac of limiting outside development, they still have a closed system with tight controls. For example, you cannot watch videos from internet sites that use flash video media - you are limited to web sites that use Apple video media. Google's GPhone is more of an open system. The question is whether it will grow faster than the iPhone as a result of it being an open system. The answer depends on whether Google has enough cache to attract enough developers to create applications around the GPhone platform similar to the ones that evolved around IBM's PC. One of the key differences is that IBM initially built and sold a large number of PCs and helped the market grow. Google doesn't make or service GPhones. However, they could leverage their dominant position in internet applications such as search, maps and other to create and promote a more versatile GPhone than the iPhone.

Time will tell....

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Articles:

3.1.Google Pitches New G1 as Flexible, Lower-Cost Alternative to iPhone / Mercury News

3.2. Google phone won't be an immediate game changer / Reuters

 

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Apple co-founder prefers Android to iPhone

January 16, 2012 | FoxNews

 

While still the proud owner of an iPhone, Woz admits that in certain situations -- such as voice commands and GPS -- Android is a better bet.

“I have a lower success rate with Siri than I do with the voice built into the Android, and that bothers me,” Woz told the Daily Beast. “I’ll be saying, over and over again in my car, 'Call the Lark Creek Steak House,' and I can’t get it done. Then I pick up my Android, say the same thing, and it's done."

"Plus I get navigation. Android is way ahead on that," he added.

The love for Android might seem somewhat strange, coming from someone so engrained in Apple culture and a legend among fans.

The relationship between Apple and Google has grown contentious in recent years after the latter entered the market for mobile phones. So convinced that the search giant’s offering was a blatant “rip-off,” the late Steve Jobs swore to do everything in his power to “destroy Android.”

It was then no surprise when a photo of Woz hanging out at Google campus, checking out a pre-release version of Google’s latest flagship phone, caused a stir in the tech scene in November.

Never one to hold a grudge, Woz takes a pragmatic approach. In fact, he and Andy Rubin, who leads the Android project, go way back. “I’ve known Andy a long time, and I respect him a lot,” Woz said.

“My primary phone is the iPhone,” Woz told the Daily Beast. “I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do.”

Still, he believes the iPhone is probably the best choice for many users.

“The people I recommend the iPhone 4S for are the ones who are already in the Mac world, because it’s so compatible, and people who are just scared of computers altogether and don’t want to use them. The iPhone is the least frightening thing. For that kind of person who is scared of complexity, well, here’s a phone that is simple to use and does what you need it to do,” he said.

Read more about Woz and his love for Android at the Daily Beast.

 

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Woz: Android will eventually beat the iPhone [Update]

By Shane McGlaun on Thu Nov 18th, 2010

Good ol’ Woz is never one to shy away from saying what he thinks, even if what he thinks may not be what Steve Jobs would like to hear come out of the Woz’s mouth. Jobs may not be too happy with the latest proclamation by the Woz. Wozniak gave an interview to a Dutch paper called De Telegraaf recently.

During the interview, Woz stated that Android would eventually do to Apple in the smartphone market what Microsoft did in the computer OS market by taking the clear and decisive lead in the industry. Woz figures that right now Android quality is not as good as the iPhone. Eventually that quality will catch up though.

Woz said, “[the iPhone] has very few weak points. There aren’t any real complaints and problems. In terms of quality, the iPhone is leading.” He went on to say, “Android phones have more features.” Those additional feature swill offer more choice to more users and lead to the market place lead for Android according to Woz.

[Update]: Turns out that Woz needed to clarify a few points made in the original article from De Telegraaf. Speaking with Engadget, Woz showed off a few features that Android and iOS shared, including voice commands, and pointed out that Apple would catch up to the power of Android, in this feature alone, by their acquisition of Siri and Poly9. Unfortunately for Android fans thinking that Woz was seeing the future, it turns out that he would “never” say that Android is better than iOS. He went on to say that “Almost every app I have is better on iPhone.”

Woz did compare Android to Windows, though. However, that’s not all that good, either. He points out that it “can get great marketshare and still be crappy.” He said that he’s not trying to put Android down, but that he’s not suggesting at all that Android is better than iOS. By any stretch of the imagination.

[Via Android Community; via Engadget]

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3.1. Google phone to cost $179, will go on sale Oct. 22

GOOGLE PITCHES NEW G1 AS FLEXIBLE, LOWER-COST ALTERNATIVE TO IPHONE
By Elise Ackerman
Mercury News

 

 

 

 

Google likes to talk about organizing the world's information and making it accessible everywhere. On Tuesday, the Internet giant took a step toward fulfilling that mission with the long-awaited debut of the first mobile phone to use its software known as Android.

The phone, which will go on sale at T-Mobile on Oct. 22 for $179 — $20 less than the iPhone — closely resembles a T-Mobile Sidekick, with a big screen and a keyboard that slides out from underneath and contains an extra key dedicated to Internet search. The device also has WiFi capability and GPS built in.

But what is special about the device is that it is designed to function as a full-fledged personal computer running any kind of application a developer can dream up.

"It's just very exciting for me as a computer geek to be able to have a phone that I can play with and modify and innovate upon just like I have with computers in the past," Google co-founder Sergey Brin said at a news conference Tuesday in New York. Brin joked that the first application he wrote took advantage of the phone's accelerometer and measured how long it took for him to catch the phone, or for it to hit the ground, after it was thrown up in the air.

Andy Rubin, Google's senior director of mobile platforms, said the source code for the phone would be released on the Internet as soon as the phone goes on sale. Though the software is basically complete, Rubin said Google will continue

to add features and functionality and that third-party developers would also be able to contribute changes. "It is future-proof because it has openness built in," Rubin said.

The G1 comes with maps, e-mail and instant messaging, a music player and a camera. Users can also download applications that measure their carbon footprint or scan barcodes in a store so they can comparison-shop on the Internet.

Ten years from now the end result will be powerful devices that are tailored to the personal preferences of their owners. "Your phone will be smart about your situation and alert you when something needs your attention," Rubin wrote in a blog post last week as he prepared for the launch.

"I think people will be happier with the G1 than they are with the iPhone," said John Bruggeman, chief marketing officer of Wind River, which is working with manufacturers to adapt Google's code to new phones and other devices.

"Plain and simple, I will be able to get more applications more easily from a broader set of options.''

Apple has shown that ordinary people are eager to experiment with games and productivity applications that run on a mobile device. Since it launched its App Store in July, users have downloaded more than 100 million applications for the iPhone and the iPod touch.

There are more than 3,000 iPhone applications available — but that is a fraction of the 200,000 submitted to Apple. The Android Market will theoretically be more open to developers.

"If it can truly be that anyone can publish whatever they want, that's a paradigm change in itself," said Gerry Purdy, chief analyst for Frost & Sullivan. Purdy acknowledged that the new phone's security will be a major issue.

Tim Westergren, chief strategy officer of Pandora, a popular music discovery service, said he is "most definitely" considering developing an application for Android. Pandora is one of the top apps offered in the iPhone store.

Cole Brodman, T-Mobile's chief technology officer, said the G1 will be advertised through "the biggest marketing campaign we've ever launched for a mobile device."

Brodman said T-Mobile also announced two new plans: It will cost $25 a month for unlimited Web searching and $35 a month for unlimited Web searching and messaging. Using the phone to talk will cost extra. Similar to the iPhone, the G1 will not be able to be used as a modem for a personal computer.

The phone will be able to run on T-Mobile's new 3G network, which is in the process of being installed throughout the country. Brodman said the new network, which is much faster, will be available in 22 markets by October.

T-Mobile, a unit of Deutsche Telekom, Google and HTC, which manufactured the phone, are hoping the G1 will have the same mass appeal as the iPhone, but at a lower cost.

Google intends for this to be the first of many so-called "gPhones," making its Android software as ubiquitous as Microsoft's operating system. The next gPhone is expected from Sprint Nextel.

Still, it's not clear that Google will be successful. Jake Seid, managing director of Lightspeed Venture Partners, noted that the idea of a standard technology platform has been tried multiple times in the past. In 1998, mobile industry leaders tried to come together around the Symbian operating system, partly out of concern that Microsoft would come to dominate mobile devices the same way it dominated personal computers.

Seid said such efforts face a common challenge in keeping a uniform code base.

"Being open doesn't matter," he said. "If you look at what has been successful, it has been end-to-end control."

Gphone vs iPhone
G1 PHONE IPHONE
Price: $179.99 Price: $199
Cheapest data plan: $25/month Cheapest data plan: $35/month
Monthly bandwidth cap: 1 gigabyte Monthly bandwidth cap: 5 gigabytes
Memory on the phone: 1 gigabyte Memory on the phone: 8 gigabytes
Power: Up to 5 hours Power: Up to 5 hours
Screen: Touch screen Screen: Multi-Touch display
Camera: 3 Megapixel Camera: 2 Megapixel
Compatibility with Microsoft Exchange: No Compatibility with Microsoft Exchange: Yes
Source: T-Mobile Source: Apple

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3.2. Google phone won't be an immediate game changer

 

NEW YORK—Anyone expecting the soon- to-be-launched Google phone to change the market like Apple's iPhone has over the past year will likely be disappointed—for now.

Industry insiders who have worked on Google Inc.'s Android mobile operating system say it will struggle in the near term to match the consumer enthusiasm generated by Apple Inc. when its iPhone redefined the touch-screen phone market and greatly improved mobile Web surfing.

Instead, Google sees Android as an open-source platform for designing mobile devices, saying it will encourage innovation by allowing outside software developers to tinker with the system and create better mobile programs and services.

But these things take time and the first phone using Android, code-named the Google "Dream" phone, is unlikely to wow consumers. The device is made by Taiwan's HTC Corp . Sources familiar with the plan say Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile plans to introduce it in New York on Sept. 23.

"I'm not sure the consumer experience is significantly better than that of the iPhone," says Rajeev Chand, a wireless analyst at investment bank Rutberg & Co., who has tried out an early version of Android. "When the iPhone came out the experience was several orders of magnitude better than anything that was out there."

Google, its partner carriers and application developers hope the Android platform will drive even more mobile Web surfing than the iPhone, which has helped Web usage rocket in comparison to other smartphones.

But unlike Apple, which keeps a tight grip on the iPhone's hardware and software, Google will have less control as Android will be open to developers to create component technologies in almost any way they can imagine.

Google's engineering-led culture appears content to launch the first Android phones as a kind of science project that will be rapidly improved afterward. Google has produced big hits and plenty of hard-to-remember misses with its strategy of launching new ideas and iterating quickly.

Yet, Google will not have the kind of leverage in mobile that it is used to in the PC world, where it dominates search. Phone carriers have a huge say over how devices are designed and what data services are accessible over their networks.

While Android could offer real promise in terms of technology and usability—particularly because it is an open platform—it is unlikely to single-handedly change the restrictive nature of the mobile industry, said John Poisson, founder of Tiny Pictures, a developer partner of Android.

"Carriers in each market will still control how it gets implemented and on which devices and in which form," Poisson said. "Android lives and breathes at the pleasure of the operator."

Another problem for Android is how to explain what it is to consumers. Unlike the iPhone, which came on the back of Apple's hugely successful iPod music player, Android is an unknown brand, even though the Google name has plenty of cache.

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"We operators struggle with how to market this phone. There's nothing really unique about it and we can't say it's a Google phone," said Meehan, whose company buys millions of 3G devices year.

Despite the concerns, mobile industry executives say they welcome Google's entrance as its deep pockets will help meet the increasingly high expectations of consumers for mobile services.

From a developer's perspective, Android's advantages over the iPhone or Nokia's Symbian operating system is that it is open source, which means Google is sharing its software code and making it easier for third parties to develop compatible applications.

Apple's second-generation iPhone applied the same strategy and offers more than 3,000 third-party applications through its App Store, but the company still retains some control.

"Android promises to be the most open platform for building mobile phone applications that we've seen to date because it's based on very familiar tools and technologies," said Jason Devitt, co-founder of Skydeck, a new service that will allow users to manage their cell phones over the Web.

Others hope that Google's entrance can galvanize mobile advertising, which is still in nascent stages.

"All these devices are resulting in better usage and that's what advertisers want and they're growing their spend," said Jason Spero, vice president of marketing at AdMob, a marketplace for mobile advertisers.

Google is hoping to generate revenue through its existing search advertising and related services by the addition of mobile to PC.

"Google's power comes from the freedom of choice, in terms of the component technology and services that can be laid on top," said Cheng Wu, founder of Azuki Systems, a mobile Web technology company.

"The only thing they want to control is the kernel of the operating system and the ability to data mine for search and advertising down the road."

Additional reporting by Eric Auchard in San Francisco; Editing by Andre Grenon)

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