Netgear CEO Trashes Steve Jobs, Predicts WP7's Demise
January 31, 2011 7:28 AM
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Netgear Chairman and CEO Patrick Lo.
(Source: Flickr.com/Jeremy 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
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
, 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
. "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
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
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RE: He's right about the content...
1/31/2011 12:32:11 PM
No it wasn't. There was the Creative Nomad (remember what CmdrTaco from Slashdot said when the iPod came out?), but nobody bought those anyway...
"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer
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