posted by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Nov 2010 16:44 UTC
Icon...and finally it pays off for OSNews to have a Dutch editor. Yes, I knew this glorious day would one day be upon us, the day upon which the rest of the technology world would be struggling with Google Translate to decipher a Dutch article with news in it. But not for OSNews, oh no! Anyway, Steve Wozniak, Apple founder and still technically an employee, gave an interview to a Dutch newspaper (the worst we have, but still) in which he made some interesting remarks. Update: Told you it's the worst newspaper we have.

Many outlets have focussed on what Wozniak had to say about Android, since it's apparently still news to some that yes, Android will overtake (didn't it do so already?) the iPhone and iOS and become the number one mobile platform. Wozniak states that Android is the Windows of the smartphone world, and that while it still needs polishing, it will eventually be on par with the iOS.

"Apple's phone has very few weak points. Real complaints or problems don't exist. When it comes to quality, the iPhone leads," he stated, "Apple has shown the world how it's done. Android phones have more features." He further points to iOS' dependence on iTunes as a major weakness, while a strength of the Android world is that it offers something for everyone, as opposed to the iPhone, which isn't suited for everyone, he said.

Not exactly what we'd call news - I mean, it's been clear for about a year now that Apple simply will not be able to keep up with the Android world when it comes to smartphones. Several high-profile companies are working on moving the Android world forward, while Apple is playing by itself somewhere in the corner of the room. Android phones with dual-core chips are already on their way, and Apple barely released the iPhone 4, which by then will already be previous-generation. It's the PowerPC era all over again.

Wozniak also had another interesting tidbit to share: Apple had already developed its own phone as far back as 2004, in cooperation with a large Japanese electronics firm (Sony, probably). It was supposedly state-of-the-art, but not good enough for Apple. Gosh I'd spare a kidney to get my hands on that phone.

The article ends with a jab at Nokia - the company needs to reinvent itself, Wozniak states. "The brand is from a previous generation," he said. Cue MeeGo, please.

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