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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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By tecknurd on 10/24/2011 3:58:30 AM , Rating: 2
I have not tried neither iPhone, Android based phones, and Windows Mobile based phones, so I can not give anybody my bad grapes to anybody. What I can say about Android is it being Linux based will and does make it suck. I use Linux as a desktop OS and it is OK. For any mobile device like a smartphone, the OS have to be highly optimize for the device. Linux is not optimize for desktops, but it is optimize for servers. Google should really invest into another OS like Haiku OS which is a fork of BeOS. Since Linux is not optimize for desktops and Android is based on Linux, Android is going to have a hard time with performance when Apple and Microsoft includes more features that require a powerful processor. Though Google did not have a choice with Android when Android was first created because at that time Google did not own it.

As I see in videos that shows off Android in tablets, I agree with the statement that Android is for scientists and probably evil scientists when used with Arduino. Its touch responsiveness is slow compared to what I saw for iPhone. In the videos showing off the latest Windows Mobile OS, the tiles looks to me like an early Star Trek terminal and the animations are dorky. If the animations can not be disabled, I too will scream if I had it.

I would pick an iPhone for my smartphone because of Siri. Siri is a good selling point for iPhone.

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