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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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Apple Attempts To Patent Interactive Gaming on Smartphones

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It appears our favorite “patent happy” company may be at it again.  The latest has Apple having filed a patent application in April 2009, for “interactive gaming with co-located, networked direction and location aware devices.”  Could this be the cause of the mysterious data center in North Carolina?

The patent filing is for a broad “interactive game environment” that lends support to “two or more co-located, networked, direction and location aware interactive game devices.”  Through the mentioned system, users would be able to have devices that would be able to measure position, orientation, as well as time. 

Some of the features are:

-A common geographic reference frame.  Cartesian coordinates would be an example for starters, then UTM, which would be supported by GPS, for describing one’s position in the world.
-Devices could communicate position, orientation and time to devices of other players.
-The device would then be able to use information for plotting positions, directions and even the rates of travel of other users.

The first claim of the patent entails:

A computer-implemented method performed by a first interactive game device operating in a real world, interactive game environment with a second interactive game device, comprising: receiving state information from the second interactive game device, the state information associated with a reference frame defining a virtual interactive game environment; and determining an interaction between the first interactive game device and the second interactive game device in the real world, interactive game environment using the state information.

Apple had brought up the example of laser tag as such a game that could use “the relative positions and orientations shared between the interactive game devices to provide an enriched interactive gaming experience.”

What do you think readers?  Does the potential patent sound like a possible winner?  Feel free to leave your thoughts below!

via BNET

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