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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 retrospooty on 10/19/2011 2:58:06 PM , Rating: 4
"Uh, maybe because there are like hundreds of Android devices on the market in all price ranges on all carriers?"

You say that like its a bad thing. Its not only a good thing, its a GREAT thing!. Variety, Apple should try it. Even poopy RIM has some variety, although they could use more. I would like to see a smaller iphone, as well as a larger one, and maybe even one with removable battery and a qwerty keyboard.

RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By adiposity on 10/19/2011 3:39:39 PM , Rating: 2
It is a good thing, however, that doesn't make the OS good. It just means if you have a lot of options, you will get more marketshare.

Personally I do think android is superior in many ways to other OSes, but it does lag IOS and Phone7 in performance.

RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By gwidionx on 10/19/2011 3:52:11 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't mean for it to sound like that, more like an obvious statement. The sheer number of devices and variety of price alone is enough IMO to propel Android to #1 and kind of reduces any negative impact the perceived more complex interface may have had. Choice and variety is a good thing. I wish WebOS could have been offered on 3rd party devices like Android. Then we'd have another hardware agnostic choice, which would have been great.

RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By retrospooty on 10/20/2011 9:57:56 AM , Rating: 2
"I wish WebOS could have been offered on 3rd party devices like Android"

Me too... That was my ideal phone. Droid3 hardware with WebOS on it. Too bad about Palm.

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