Apple co-founder believes Android will surpass iOS

18 Nov 2010

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has said Android will become the most dominant mobile operating system, surpassing iOS.

In an interview with a newspaper from The Netherlands, De Telegraaf, Wozniak said Google’s mobile OS will become the leader in the market, comparing it to how Microsoft’s Windows desktop operating system beat out Apple’s OS.

He acknowledged Android still needed a lot of work to improve on its quality, and he felt it needs to be more consistent. However, Wozniak said it would grow to rival Apple’s iOS, thanks to its open source grounding and greater set of features.

“The iPhone has very few weak points,” he said in the paper.

“There are no serious complaints or issues. When it comes to quality, the iPhone leads the way.

“Apple has shown the world what direction we’re going. Android phones do come with more options, though,” he said.

He also took time to downplay Nokia, saying it should launch a new brand, as he felt its current one was for the “previous generation.”

Wozniak also revealed that Apple developed a smartphone with an unnamed, but “well-known” Japanese electronics company in 2004, however, the project was shelved before its launch.

“Apple was satisfied with the quality of the smartphone but wanted something it could amaze the world with,” said Wozniak.