Apple should team up with rivals, says Wozniak

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Apple would be more powerful if it worked with its largest rivals, Google and Samsung, said Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple.

In a recent interview with BBC, Wozniak said that the Cupertino company would be working side by side with Google if he was still with the company. Considering Google’s vast search-engine ties, it would help Apple to improve services such as its voice assistant software Siri, noted Wozniak. It could even help Apple develop wearable technology such as augmented-reality glasses and smart watches.

However, he later backtracked, noting that he could be wrong because “there’s probably an awful lot I don’t know about the business concerns, and one thing you’ve got to remember is a company has always got to make money.”

Moreover, Wozniak believes that in some aspects, Apple’s software is not as strong as that of Android, especially its voice-recognition assistant Siri.

“Sometimes I say ‘Go to Joe’s Diner’ and [Siri] doesn’t know where Joe’s Diner is. And very often usually I find out that Android does,” said Wozniak. “That is actually the future of intelligence probably for computers getting smarter and getting artificial intelligence.”

As for Samsung, the Apple co-founder believes that establishing partnerships with the Korean company would make way for more opportunities for greater innovation.

He said that there are some good things in Samsung phones that he wishes were also present in his iPhone. He hopes to see the day when Apple can use them, although he is not sure if “Samsung would stop us.”

According to Wozniak, all products could be improved by sharing and cross-licensing technology.

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