Tim Cook: 'Android is Like Europe', Many Different Things Under One Name

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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".
    Cook also noted that he doesn't view the PC market a a monolith because he works at Apple -- he joined the company from Compaq and said he understands the PC world "at that time because [he] was in it". He continued, "if you really talk to the people who went through it... I don't think any of them would tell you it's the same" as the mobile device market today.

    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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    Article Link: Tim Cook: 'Android is Like Europe', Many Different Things Under One Name
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2011
  3. macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2013
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
  5. macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    So what does that make Apple, a dictatorship? :eek:
  6. macrumors 68000


    May 20, 2011
    Wales, UK
    That's the worst analogy I've ever heard in my life.
  7. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2007
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2011
    At least Europe lets you go from one country to the other easily. If Android is Europe then Apple is North Korea.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2009
    I'm here. Here! Can't you SEE MEE?!
    how about: let EU alone, and watch after your own backyard?
  10. macrumors regular


    Dec 24, 2011
    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.
  11. macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2003
    Fort Thomas, KY
    And Apple is like the US, self-aggrandizing and unable to innovate since the glory years.

    Bah-dum-dum. :)
  12. macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    a single efficient country vs a collection of lesser ones
  13. macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2011
    Yes. The word "Europe" did not exist until Americans needed a word to refer to the continent. Ohhh-kaaaaay, Mr Cook…
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2011
    I think he is talking about the EU (European Union ;) ) and not Europe. Because the US isn't alone on their continent either ;)
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2011
    Livingston, Scotland
    The people of North Korea seem to be very, very happy. The second happiest nation behind China, according to their 'research'.

    In all seriousness: Android sucks.
  16. macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2009
    Scranton, PA
  17. macrumors 6502


    Feb 4, 2008
    unfortunately he is right...:)

    and stock android is like a beach near the Mediterranean....:D

    Cook...you are right...

    and wE ALL KNOW who is responsible for the european crisis...

    fortunately google does not have any Huns :roll eyes:

    for this

    "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
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2012
    He's a bean counter, not a poet!
  19. Gudi, Feb 7, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2014

    macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2013
    He is much too polite: 'Android is Like America', Totally ****ed Up
  20. macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    Wotz all dem staytes over dat dere big wawter whar paypul tawk funneh kawed?
  21. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    CEOoo no he didn't. that's a bad analogy, really.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    Yes, he's going to regret saying that, if he doesn't already. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes when they speak off the cuff, but that's kind of a doozy.

    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.
  23. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
  24. macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    Android is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get.
  25. macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    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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