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Steve Wozniak Predicts Android will Dominate Smartphones

Steve WozniakUh-oh, it looks like Apple CEO Steve Jobs may have just saved a postage stamp for this year’s Christmas card mailing: A Dutch newspaper is reporting that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is predicting that Google’s Android will become the dominant smartphone platform.

Engadget is reporting
that the other Steve, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, recently did an interview with Dutch language newspaper De Telegraaf over in the The Netherlands, and as always the eccentric hero to tech geeks everywhere had a few choice bits to reveal.

The most controversial comment has to be Woz’s statement that Google’s Android is likely to become the dominant smartphone platform, mirroring how Microsoft trounced Apple on the PC with Windows. Despite boffo sales on the iPhone, Android is already making its mark on an insane number of devices across every carrier and multiple manufacturers, so the comment certainly has some merit.

Woz notes, however, that the iPhone “has very few weak points. There aren’t any real complaints and problems. In terms of quality, the iPhone is leading,” while noting that Android devices have more features overall and offer more choice for people. As a result, he believes that Android will ultimately match iOS in terms of quality, consistency and user satisfaction.

Also revealed in the interview was the admission that Apple “had collaborated with a well-known Japanese consumer electronics company in 2004” to develop their own smartphone, years before the iPhone we all know and love was launched in 2007. Apparently, Apple was satisfied with the unreleased device, but kept pushing for “something that could amaze the world” — which they clearly succeeded at doing.

The Woz also had his own version of “one more thing,” closing the interview with a jab at Nokia, calling the company “the brand from a previous generation” and suggesting that the Finnish device maker introduce “a new brand for a young consumer.” Well played, Woz — after that Android comment, we love you again.

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Analyst Predicts Android Tablet Dominance

We’ve gotten accustomed to take the words of Gene Munster, Senior Research Analyst at Piper Jaffray, with a grain or block of salt or two upon occasion. There have been a couple instances where his numbers sound like they were arrived at by reaching into a hat and pulling something out. His latest analysis though, sounds right about dead-on.

In a recent sit down with Business Insider, Munster talked tablets, and made what don’t seem like remarkably wild predictions. The two talked how the tablet market is going to essentially burn the netbook market to the ground, pummel the laptop market, and even give the desktop market a big of a shake up. Strong words, but with the iPad adoption rates smoking that of the DVD, not all that far out there, we think.

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Of course, Apple isn’t the only player in the game. What Munster predicts is that the iPad tablet story will play out like the iPhone saga. A year, maybe a little more, of complete Apple dominance with their head start on the game. Then comes the shift. It’ll probably start slow as other manufacturers fumble around seeking out the sweet spot in form factors and features, but things will pick up when they find their footing.

Munster doesn’t see much of a future for Microsoft in this realm, pitting Google in that role, as Android-licensed tablets flood the market hitting every price point, size, feature, and taste out there. While you can only get one iPad (with slight variations on size and connectivity), Android tablets will be bigger, smaller, thinner, more colorful, and so on. Simply more choices will appeal to more people.

Like we said, we don’t necessarily buy everything Munster sells, but this story sounds all too plausible.

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