|Feb 7, 2014, 04:52 PM||#1|
Tim Cook: 'Android is Like Europe', Many Different Things Under One Name
Apple CEO Tim Cook compared Android to Europe in his wide-ranging interview with The Wall Street Journal yesterday, saying that the PC and mobile platform wars couldn't be compared. Cook said that Android is made up of many different things under one banner, as opposed to Windows which was one uniform platform.
Cook's statement was in response to a question asking if the mobile device market will ultimately follow the PC market, where Apple remains a comparatively niche player compared to the dominance of Windows.
He said that the examining the PC and mobile markets as a direct comparison doesn't work, largely because one of the historical differences between the Mac and Windows was the lack of availability for applications on the Mac, while iOS has a very strong developer base.
"There was a vast, vast difference in the number of applications that were available for the Macintosh", Cook said. And, over the years, the gap continued to grow because the Mac lost some key applications.
However, on mobile devices, Apple has more than one million applications with half of those specifically optimized for the iPad. On Android, Cook says, there are only 1,000 apps optimized for tablets. He says the lack of properly optimized apps is one of the reasons "why the experience on Android tablets is so crappy".
Elsewhere in the interview Cook revealed that Apple has repurchased $14 billion in stock over the past two weeks, and that the company is open to making large acquisitions if it makes sense. He also reiterated that Apple is working on "some really great stuff" in new product categories, an assertion that Apple executives have made numerous times over the past few months, and that Apple is spending an enormous amount of time and money on the "Macs of the future".
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|Feb 7, 2014, 04:54 PM||#6|
That's the worst analogy I've ever heard in my life.
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|Feb 7, 2014, 04:54 PM||#8|
At least Europe lets you go from one country to the other easily. If Android is Europe then Apple is North Korea.
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|Feb 7, 2014, 04:55 PM||#10|
He's right though. As more and more manufacturers add their own customization to Android, it's not so clear cut as, say PCs in the 90s that ran Windows.
It seems like most people are unaware that Kindle even uses Android.
And does TouchWiz even resemble the stock Nexus software anymore? The Magazine UX on their new tablets is unrecognizable from Android.
However, it seems like Google met with Samsung to address some of these concerns.
|Feb 7, 2014, 04:56 PM||#13|
|Feb 7, 2014, 04:58 PM||#14|
I think he is talking about the EU (European Union ) and not Europe. Because the US isn't alone on their continent either
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|Feb 7, 2014, 04:58 PM||#15|
In all seriousness: Android sucks.
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|Feb 7, 2014, 05:01 PM||#17|
unfortunately he is right...
and stock android is like a beach near the Mediterranean....
Cook...you are right...
and wE ALL KNOW who is responsible for the european crisis...
fortunately google does not have any Huns :roll eyes:
"Europe was a name that somebody came up with for Americans who didn't understand that Europe was a lot of countries that weren't like U.S. states''
he screwed it up
|Feb 7, 2014, 05:02 PM||#20|
|Feb 7, 2014, 05:04 PM||#22|
Besides being a pretty bad analogy, it's an unflattering one. Comparing a union of 28 countries, which combined represent one of your biggest (if not the biggest) customer bases in the world, to your competitor in a disparaging way ("crappy") is NOT the way to win over customers or increase market share.
Depending on how the media play this, I can see this making big headlines and people getting offended (in my opinion, somewhat justifiably) by this.
Android does NOT need any help at this point and hopefully he can "walk back" the statement a little somehow to lessen the damage. Or hopefully it will go away quietly. We'll see.
|Feb 7, 2014, 05:08 PM||#23|
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|Feb 7, 2014, 05:08 PM||#24|
Android is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get.
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|Feb 7, 2014, 05:09 PM||#25|
I don't think he was saying Android/Europe is crappy, so much as it's not truly one cohesive platform. Rather a bunch of autonomous platforms that are loosely tied together under one umbrella of services.
Or in Europe's case, a bunch of self autonomous countries that are tied together under a common set of laws and trade agreements.
Though the quote itself isn't exactly the swooftest thing I've ever heard ole Cook say.
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