Woz wants better cooperation between Apple & Google, but doesn’t think it will happen

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How might Apple be different if the other Steve still worked there? The Woz says if he were calling the shots, he’d look past the often silly competition between tech giants and opt for greater cooperation. Namely, if Steve Wozniak made the decision, Apple and Google would once again be partners. 

Imagining such a situation isn’t hard. Google was heavily featured in early iterations of the iPhone with the company’s services baked directly into Apple’s handset. Then came Android and Steve Jobs’ claims of “thermonuclear” war on Google. Woz wishes it wasn’t so.

The problem simply stems from ease of usability. While Apple has quickly rolled out their own services to replace those once covered by Google — take Maps, for instance — they haven’t always lived up to the hype. Siri does her best to avoid using Google, but ultimately most queries are best answered by simply asking the voice-activated assistant to search the website that has become synonymous with looking up information online.

The issue goes much deeper than the relationship between Apple and Google, however. Wozniak would like to see greater collaboration across the board. Summing it up poignantly, he says, “I wish everybody just did a lot of cross-licensing and sharing the good technology, all our products would be better, we’d go further.”

[via BBC]

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  • Edgar Cervantes

    You know what would be tight? If Apple’s cloud services were also available for Android.

    • Renkman

      true story

  • Teh_Babyarm

    Who cares what Woz thinks? He’s obviously a sweet guy but people keep going to him like he can answer for Apple. Today’s Apple, last time I checked, doesn’t produce the Apple II. That was the last time he was actually relevant for the company.

    • Renkman

      Agreed. They tried to work more closely with Google when Schmidt was on the board, and we all know how that turned out.