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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 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.


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