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Netgear Chairman and CEO Patrick Lo.  (Source: Toeman)
Says Apple will eventually lose out to the more open Android

Netgear Chairman and CEO Patrick Lo has never been a shy guy, as evidenced most recently by his "scathing attack" on Apple CEO Steve Jobs in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald.

"Steve Jobs wants to suffocate the distribution so even though he doesn't own the content he could basically demand a ransom," Lo told The Herald, referring to the closed delivery model of iTunes.

This was just one specific criticism from a broad discussion of closed and proprietary products vs. open ecosystems like Google's Android. Lo said that Apple has succeeded so far because they "own the market" of many of their products, like the iPod with MP3 players. However, Lo predicted that, like Betamax vs. VHS and Mac vs. Windows, the open platform -- again referring to Android -- would win in the long run.

"Once Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away, then Apple will have to make a strategic decision on whether to open up the platform," Lo told The Herald. "Ultimately a closed system just can't go that far ... If they continue to close it and let Android continue to creep up then it's pretty difficult as I see it."

Lo predicted that Android would eventually become the standard for a range of consumer electronic devices, pointing to its recent overtaking of Apple in global market share as evidence.

He also attributed Jobs' trashing of Adobe Flash as nothing more than an issue of ego.

As for Windows Phone 7, Lo said that Microsoft had fallen behind its competitors and would continue to languish there. "Microsoft is over - game over - from my point of view," he told The Herald.

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RE: Hmm
By joedon3 on 1/31/2011 9:29:57 AM , Rating: 2
1) For all of Apple's faults, they actually make a very stylish, quality product. Fact is though, most people just don't care that much about open vs closed source. If it's cool, and it plays your music, they'll buy it. That's Apple's intent.

I think he's referring to the market here, not functionality. As Android expands, interoperability will be key between android devices. iOS functionality will be choked because it won't be widespread. you won't be able to integrate your TV, PC, phone, etc with iOS as you will be able to with Android because of market penetration.

RE: Hmm
By Brandon Hill on 1/31/2011 9:33:50 AM , Rating: 2
Last time I checked, most consumer electronics devices interface directly with iOS (hell my two year old Panasonic HDTV has an iPod/iPhone dock)... and on the automotive front, it isn't even close. Apple dominates.

Even if Android becomes the dominant force, Apple has enough clout that they aren't gonna just disappear (famous last words).

RE: Hmm
By AlphaVirus on 1/31/2011 9:54:05 AM , Rating: 1
You are correct about the consumer electronics including the Apple direct connect, which becomes annoying because I wish they would use USB instead...or have both?

and on the automotive front, it isn't even close. Apple dominates.

You may want to rephrase this or add a little more details because last time I checked there were USB ports in cars and not Apple's proprietary pin connection. Seeing how Apple is one of the few trying to fight USB support, why would auto makers include anything other than USB ports.

Again, I may be interpreting your statement incorrectly because there isn't much detail.

RE: Hmm
By Brandon Hill on 1/31/2011 10:18:43 AM , Rating: 3
Re: iPhone/iPod in cars

For the longest time, most auto manufacturers have had iPhone/iPod specific integration into their infotainment systems. It wasn't until recently that more broad support for other platforms has been integrated.

My '11 model year car has specific iPhone/iPod integration and allows complete control over all music functions/playlists/etc. It even came with a proprietary iPhone/iPod cable which plugs into the center console (it has a standard USB port and an additional data port that the cable plugs into).

RE: Hmm
By cknobman on 1/31/2011 10:20:51 AM , Rating: 1
I agree 100% on the automotive front.

There is absolutely no Apple proprietary connectivity in either of my automobiles or anyone I know.

BUT all of my vehicles have either usb ports or 12v lighter usb converters which just so happen to work perfectly with a universal mini usb cable that all android phones use.

My Sync system works like a charm with all my android phones. I can use it like a drive or a mp3 player without a hitch.

RE: Hmm
By joedon3 on 1/31/2011 10:48:41 AM , Rating: 3
I agree with that. But this isn't a sprint, this is a long race. in the next 5 years NFC chips and bluetooth, or even something new will be connecting phones wirelessly. there won't be a need for hardware docks.

stereo interfaces running a version of android are going to have much more functionality when paired with android devices than if paired with an iOS device.

Apple dominates... right now. 5 years from now? who knows...

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