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 He said he originally made the switch for LTE but now that Apple supports LTE he’s not going back.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?