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Irony alert: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak 'sings Android's praises'
In a seemingly heretical act, Apple's other Steve confesses his admiration for the enemy
 
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak tells The Daily Beast that Android's voice commands and operating system are easier to use than the iPhone's.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak tells The Daily Beast that Android's voice commands and operating system are easier to use than the iPhone's.
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The story: The late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once promised to wage "thermonuclear war" on Google's Android for what he considered to be "grand theft" of the iPhone's operating system. But in an interview with the The Daily Beast, the company's other co-founder, Steve Wozniak, "sings Android's praises," confessing that he's a "big fan of Android phones," and that he thinks Android has leapt ahead of Apple's iOS in many ways. "My primary phone is the iPhone," says Wozniak. "I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do."

The reaction: "Sacrilege!" says Deborah Netburn at the Los Angeles Times. The "iPhone-vs.-Android debate" will "rage eternal," just like "the Rolling Stones vs. the Beatles" and "the Yankees vs. the Mets." But we should all admit that despite some seemingly suspect praise for Android, Woz "still thinks most users would prefer the iPhone to the Android because, in the end, it's easier to use." Plus, says Suzanne Choney at MSNBC, "it's Wozniak's engineering analysis, detached and unbiased," that shapes his opinions. And remember, Wozniak is "pals from way back" with Google's Andy Rubin, the executive in charge of Android (and a former Apple employee). "No one should be troubled by this." 

 

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