Apple Icon, Guy Kawasaki, Abandons iOS For Android


Guy Kawasaki, a former Apple employee who played a key role in marketing the Macintosh in the mid-eighties, has had some very interesting things to say about Android of late. He aggressively promoted Macs during a crucial time in Apple’s history and helped create the Apple fanaticism we know today. But like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Kawasaki has expressed his admiration for the Android OS. Kawasaki has actually taken it a step further and has stopped using iOS devices altogether.

I fell in love with Android on the smartphone, and then I got a Nexus 7 and started using Android on the tablet as well. To me the great irony is that Apple’s slogan was `Think Different,’ but today if you think different you’re looking at Android,” said Kawasaki. He said he originally made the switch for LTE but now that Apple supports LTE he’s not going back. He said, “I won’t switch now, because I think Android is better.”

Kawasaki cites NFC, multi-tasking and better control over installed apps (like being able to see them in alphabetical order) as reasons why he prefers Android. “Another thing I like with Android is they don’t have some stupid proprietary cable. I can go to any hotel front desk and if I’ve forgotten my cable they always have a micro-USB around. I can use my Nexus 7 and it’s on the same cable as my Samsung Galaxy SIII. What a concept! A standard cable,” said Kawasaki.

Kawasaki wasn’t converted by Cybermen who forcibly upgraded him from Apple fanboy to devoted Android user. He did the math and came to the same conclusion that so many others have in recent months. Android’s growing appeal is unquestionable as it now holds an estimated 75% of the world’s smartphone market. The Samsung Galaxy SIII, of which Kawasaki is an owner, recently topped the iPhone as the best selling smartphone of the quarter. I’d like to believe the notion that competition spurs innovation, but when was the last big news from Cupertino that wasn’t about a court case?

Source: ReadWrite

About the Author: Rudy Rivapalacio

Rudy is a Southern California guy who has used his tech savvy skills in a law enforcement and corporate security career. He often jokes about having a "Windows 3.1" tattoo and has the Bill Gates-like rule regarding no Apple products in the home. His two daughters (one at Cal, one in High School) have so far found a way to abide by that rule. When not glued to Android news or on Xbox live, Rudy is probably off traveling abroad. His West Hollywood apartment is littered with a few too many bikes, cameras and Android relics, but he's found a way to hide most, or some, of his toys from his wife. Rudy is a big Chargers fan, and consequently, buys beer in bulk.

  • Techpm

    Kawasaki has been a cheerleader for Google for quite some time. He even wrote a book on how to use Google+ recently.

    `The reasons he points out are quite petty and silly. Listing installed apps in alphabetical order? Wow critical feature right there.

    So he can get microUSB cables from hotel receptions.. probably iPhone cables too if he asks for one – they sell those in pairs at the dollar shop. And how about all those hotels that have charging docks/alarm clock docks specifically for the iPod/iPhone?

  • Alina Clark

    Its some guy that worked at Apple a long time ago. His current opinion on Apple products means nothing. We know this guy is in marketing and his opinions are paid for, right?

    • Zenon Tigerpaw

      And yet you still commented. What exactly is he marketing then? Apple would never pay for this kinda stuff.

  • GoogleUser

    Apple Sucks! I can see why he thinks that way. Its not just the charging chords. That is just one example of Apple’s controls over what people are allowed to do with their products.



  • Raymond Duhaime

    @techpm, u mad bro?

  • Raymond Duhaime

    1 word. Andoid

  • shufflemoomin

    Wow. I just discovered this place. Why the fuck are Apple fanboys reading an Android site unless it’s simply to troll?