Woz wishes Google and Apple were 'partners in the future'

Woz wishes Google and Apple were 'partners in the future'
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has said he wished Apple and Google were partners in the future to make devices smarter.

In an interview with the BBC's Click, Woz admitted that sometimes Siri on his iPhone simply isn't as good as the Android alternative.

"Sometimes I say 'Go to Joe's Diner' and [Siri] doesn't know where Joe's Diner is. And very often usually I find out that Android does," he said. He believes the reason why Android has this extra knowledge is the access to Google's enormous search engine data.

"That is actually the future of intelligence probably for computers getting smarter and getting artificial intelligence. I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners in the future," he said.

Woz believes that encouraging openness and the sharing of information and methods would benefit everyone and the best of technology would result.

"I believe you should have a world where you've got to license something at a fair price. There are good things I see on Samsung phones that I wish were in my iPhone. I wish Apple would use them and could use them, and I don't know if Samsung would stop us," he said.

"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. I do wish they were more compatible."

Asked whether a partnership between Google and Apple would be a likely scenario, Woz accepted that there's probably an awful lot that he does not know about the business concerns and that a company always has to make money, but did say if he was there, it would be pretty likely.

More from Woz: BBC News

Written by: James Delahunty @ 3 Nov 2013 15:59
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