Steve Wozniak has conceded that he likes the Google-backed Android mobile operating system and even thinks it’s better than iOS on the iPhone in some aspects.
The comments were made by the Apple co-founder in a recent interview with The Beast’s Dan Lyons.
Nonetheless, the Woz does say that the iPhone is still his “primary phone” and that it is still the best phone for people “who are already in the Mac world” and those “who are just scared of computers altogether and don’t want to use them.”
He says that “the iPhone is the least frightening thing” and is for the kind of person “who is scared of complexity”.
However, he does concede that Android bests the iPhone in some aspects which he elaborated on.
These aspects, he said, were the Apple apps approval system, Siri – its problems overall performance, command recognition and connection problems – and the battery life issues of the newest version of iOS.
He criticized the tough apps approval process Apple has in place which he says slows development compared to Android’s system.
The Woz also says that he does not like Siri that much now. He did like it when it was stil an independent app created for the iPhone, the report notes.
“I used to ask Siri, ‘What are the five biggest lakes in California?’ and it would come back with the answer. Now it just misses. It gives me real estate listings. I used to ask, ‘What are the prime numbers greater than 87?’ and it would answer. Now instead of getting prime numbers, I get listings for prime rib, or prime real estate,” The Daily Beast quotes the Apple cofounder as saying.
He also criticized Siri’s connection problems saying that “With the iPhone 4 I could press a button and call my wife. Now on the 4S I can only do that when Siri can connect over the Internet. But many times it can’t connect. I’ve never had Android come back and say, ‘I can’t connect over the Internet.”
He also praised better results for Android than iOS. In the interview, he noted that he has a lower success rate with Siri than when he uses Android.
“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 said.
The Apple co-founder said that this bothers him.
He also noted the battery life troubles originating from the latest iOS update.
“With the iPhone, something happened with the new OS or the new phone, and it just started running through the battery so fast,” he said.