Woz prefers Android for "voice" & nav...

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by hakr100, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. hakr100 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    East Coast
    Apple co-founder prefers Android to iPhone

    Published January 16, 2012

    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he’s a fan of phones powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system, the Daily Beast reported.

    While still the proud owner of an iPhone, Woz admits that in certain situations -- such as voice commands and GPS -- Android is a better bet.

    “I have a lower success rate with Siri than I do with the voice built into the Android, and that bothers me,” Woz told the Daily Beast. “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 added.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/01/16/apple-co-founder-prefers-android/#ixzz1jeA5Co00
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    This is not new information. To be fair, Steve Wozniak just likes gadgets in general and has no brand loyalty.


  3. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England

    "navigate home" on android, so simple and it works perfectly :)
    Or "navigate (address)"
    Not sure if "navigate (contact)" works but I imagine it does.
  4. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    Everyone is entitled to an opinion and preference. If anyone can actually get angry over someone elses preferences in technology, they should really look at themselves as a human being.
  5. Certinfy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2011
    “I have a lower success rate with Siri than I do with the voice built into the Android, and that bothers me”

    Got to say it's the same for me. Android's thing understands me brilliantly while Siri really doesn't.
  6. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    Honestly, these days, both OSes have come so far that they are nearly identical in terms of stability and lag; this is really no longer a talking point of comparison. It's really coming down to what features each of us feel is more important that we can get out of each OS. This is a good thing that benefits the end consumer. Go iOS, and go ICS.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009

    I see no problems with Woz liking android. He chooses what works best and there's nothing with that.

    Given his desire to delve into the nuts and bolts of things, android is a natural fit for him.
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    My uncle prefers Android too
    Apparently a number of people do
  9. LordJohnWhorfin macrumors regular

    May 28, 2002
    From the looks of it he is more likely to be needing directions to the gym than to the steakhouse.
  10. apollo1444 macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2011
    i see what you did there.. :D
  11. SandboxGeneral, Jan 16, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2012

    SandboxGeneral Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Orbiting a G-type Main Sequence Star
    Good for Woz. It doesn't matter what he likes or doesn't, except to him. Get what you like and what works best for you and forget about what others think of it.

    Woz is obviously open-minded enough to look past Apple and see other brands and gadgets that he thinks are good.

    There really shouldn't be a war among people of which phone is better, because it's all subjective anyway.
  12. TM WAZZA macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    Woz is trolling.

    lol nah, Woz is a fanboy of technology and has no loyalty to a company.
  13. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    There's nothing surprising. He prefers some features of Android, and prefers some features of iOS.

    He's a tech-guy, who just gets the newest things no matter what brand.

    Let the man enjoy what he likes.
  14. bengtc macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2008
  15. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    Woz likes what he likes.
    I like what I like.
    You like what you like.

    Everyone wins. :D
  16. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    Wozniak is pretty cool. He doesn't seem to make anything personal, and he tells anecdotes like they are (anecdotes). He related his statement to a story. It's not so much of a tech write up, but rather his personal experience, and he isn't malicious about it.
  17. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    As far as voice recognition goes I've never had good luck with. Siri is one of the best I've used even compared to google.

    Navigation isn't comparable . I find the iPhone to be almost useless unless I'm on foot in like a city following a pin.

    Strange for him to announce that publicly IMO but its cool he's unbiased.
  18. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Android is very good running on the right hardware :)
  19. hakr100 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    East Coast
    I don't use Siri. I also think Google's freebie GPS nav app is the best I've seen of that sort of app for a smart phone.
  20. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    That's not all Woz said. He also said:

  21. Mochi Hana macrumors 6502a

    Mochi Hana

    Jul 30, 2010
    This, honestly. I never understand why people get into name-calling and other petty arguments just because someone else prefers another platform.
  22. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    ironically, I find the speech to text functionality of the iPhone to be leagues ahead of my android experience... I can actually text in the car (well, speak and it will conver to text for me) without the fear of telling someone something vulger!


    and I don't really use siri. Ever.
  23. B777Forevar macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2011
    Chicago, IL
    The navigation app on Android is pretty cool.
  24. SporkLover macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2011
    I've said the same thing after adopting the iPHone after 2+ years of Android usage.

    I found Google Voice search to be able to more, and more consistently than Siri (although there isn't a personality), and Navigation is just light years ahead. There isn't a integrated Navigation that iOS offers, nor third party apps, that compares to the Google Nav experience.

    Competition is good though. In the near future we will see both platforms continually closing these different Gaps on each other.

    IMHO, where google really needs it is in the Eco System department. I can't beging to describe to you how nice the Apple system is compared to Google's. Google doesnt have a unified approach, there are disparate efforts that really does leave users with a less than satisfying experience.

    I have my iTunes gripes, but it's nice to be able to hook up (or wirelessly sync) to my home PC, add music/update software/sync pics/Backup with one software package, and often with little to no clicks.

    The future is looking good for we consumers.
  25. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Android is better for voice and navigation. Consumption of media in virtually every aspect i sbetter on the iPhone. THat is what keeps me coming back.

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