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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer argues that he'd rather have Windows Phone handsets be like Apple's iPhone than like Android phones.  (Source: Telegraph)
"You ... need to be a computer scientist to use... an Android phone" -- Steve Ballmer

Is Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android to complicated for the public?

The tens of millions of smartphones it is unloading on the U.S. market and its dominant market share lead would seem to suggest otherwise.  But that didn't stop Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) boisterous chief executive, Steve Ballmer, from sharing his thoughts with whoever would listen.

At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, California, he told reporters, "You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use an Android phone…It is hard for me to be excited about the Android phones.

Mr. Ballmer had kinder words for Apple, Inc. (AAPL), with which it hopes to via for second place in the market.  Mr. Ballmer revealed he's a fan of Siri, the "humble personal assistant" found in the iPhone 4S.  He comments, "Apple is a good competitor, but a different one.  Both [an iPhone and a Windows phone] are going to feel very good in your hand and both going to look very beautiful physically…"

"But when you grab a Windows phone and use it… your information is front and centre… and you don’t have to scroll through seas of icons and blah blah blah.  A Windows phone gets things done."

The one thing it can't seem to get done is generating market share.  Despite a promising Mango update, Microsoft remains a distant fourth place in the platform wars behind Research in Motion, Ltd. (TSE:RIM), Apple, and Google.

Despite his love for the iPhone, Mr. Ballmer says that Microsoft won't opt to follow in its footsteps and release first-party hardware.  He comments, "We are [only] focused on enabling hardware innovation…We have been very successful enabling hardware innovation and will continue to do so."

Source: Telegraph



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RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Mitch101 on 10/19/2011 12:55:52 PM , Rating: -1
Well said
Android users are all about the latest hardware if the OS was well tuned you can get much more performance from it. Ask an android user and they ramble about their hardware not what the device is doing for them.

Buying into Android doesn't guarantee it will be upgradable. How many Android sets wont be getting Ice Cream Sandwich? I heard the entire line from HTC might not get it instead they will come out with new phones with it. How nice. It kind of says every revision will require more hardware because its not well optimized. They need to stabilize Android it crashes way too much. Blame the apps if you must but its buggy. I have several android devices at home that support for updated OS is not an option buy new. It seems if you own Android based device OS support for that device is dead in about a year.

Apple is doing the same to a degree as well No Siri for you unless you get the 4s.

I like Androids freedom on the hardware side but the software side is a mess. So fragmented. So non-upgradable from a software standpoint you are left out in the cold on your 1 year old purchase.

I like Apple simplicity but it lacks freedom. I dont want the AOL of phones.

I love my Windows Phone 7 now running 7.5 never any issues and works every time. I love the new voice controls and ability to respond to text messages from voice.

The one big thing about the Windows Phone 7.5 is I dont feel the need to update/replace the phone because the software is well optimized. Just like the X-Box Microsoft will squeeze out every little bit of performance from it that it wont need to be hardware updated every 6-12 months.

If you like buying the hardware over and over every 6-12 months get an iPhone/Android. Imagine if the X-Box was this way? Well you need the new X-Box to play the next Halo. Why do you tolerate that with a $200 phone?


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Iaiken on 10/19/2011 1:32:59 PM , Rating: 4
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They need to stabilize Android it crashes way too much.


Really? Because I have seven Android phones for and testing that I use all the time. Even the LG EVE (the cheapest/slowest/crappiest of them) has been running non-stop for 2 years now without crashing once. In fact, I don't even remember the last time one of my phones crashed when I wasn't deliberately trying to crash it.

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It seems if you own Android based device OS support for that device is dead in about a year.


Depends on the manufacturer. I'll concede that LG and lower-tier Sony Xperia devices are trapped on 1.6 & 2.1 because of lack of, but all of my other phones OS's have been updated numerous times. Some have even gone from 1.5 to 2.3 over their lifetimes. Even then, if you do your research you can get trapped behind slow support cycles like with Motorola.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By NellyFromMA on 10/19/2011 1:46:23 PM , Rating: 3
Im pretty sure the majority of Android users don't REALLY care about the latest and greatest anything. They have filled a void they never knew they had, which is "more internet consumption pls" and frankly, the way the phone appears on the outside is probably more important to them than anything else about it really.

I'm not saying there isn't a group of people who are all about the latest and greatest mobile specs, but I doubt it's even 1/3 of the Android market share.

Most people bought it due to recommendation from either a sales person and/or word of mouth or watching a tv ad.

True story.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By StanO360 on 10/19/2011 2:58:34 PM , Rating: 2
I have a cheap Android phone, and it's fine. Someone else nailed iOS, the AOL of phones. They will harvest the good ideas from WP7 and Android and call them new names.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By mcnabney on 10/19/2011 2:28:06 PM , Rating: 2
First, WP7 devices are still only available with ancient (1 year old) hardware because Microsoft appears to be incapable of managing their ecosystem. They are doing all of the lame micromanaging that Apple does, except they aren't Apple.

Second, Balmer should shut his pie hole about Android. Unlike WP7, Microsoft has actually made some money off of Android. So far, MS hasn't made a nickel off of the phones that are out there (due to manufacture incentives), plus they are out a few billion for development costs, several hundred millions in ads, and a cool billion for the bribe to Nokia.

Third, the world could do with a little less Microsoft. They screwed their consumers as hard as they could with Windows Mobile and now that they see the tablet/phone might soon be REPLACING the desktop they are trying to make nice. Sorry Microsoft. You can't just write checks until you are market leader.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By cjohnson2136 on 10/19/2011 2:30:04 PM , Rating: 1
Apple fanboi SHUT UP. It is so irritating seeing your post also bashing anything that's not Apple.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By mcnabney on 10/20/2011 9:15:40 AM , Rating: 2
Apple fanboi? The last Apple product I owned was a 2e (still works, wow). I hate Apple as much as Microsoft. They both horribly warp the industry.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By TakinYourPoints on 10/26/2011 6:23:29 AM , Rating: 1
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Android users are all about the latest hardware if the OS was well tuned you can get much more performance from it. Ask an android user and they ramble about their hardware not what the device is doing for them.
Android users are all about the latest hardware if the OS was well tuned you can get much more performance from it. Ask an android user and they ramble about their hardware not what the device is doing for them.


The irony is that they still get choppier performance than WP7 or iOS even on faster hardware.

The Android OS itself and the ecosystem around it is trash. Hardware specs are irrelevant marketing bulletpoints for neckbeards and spergers to drool over while they blindly accept the inferior practical experience they are getting.

It's as bad as the AMD fanboys who say Bulldozer is great "because more megahurtz!!1!" even though practical performance it is comparable to or slower than an i7 from two years ago.


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