The two biggest players in the smartphone market are the iPhone and Android devices, but these two could face increasing competition from Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. The latest version of the software is gaining widespread acclaim as it begins to become more available. Microsoft’s chief executive, Steve Ballmer, has recently had a pop at Android handsets and their so called complexity.
He is not known for pulling his punches, and when he was speaking ahead of Microsoft’s results he said consumers had to be “computer scientists” to work out how to use an Android handset. The Telegraph is reporting Ballmer was asked what the appeal of a Windows phone compared to that of the Android platform.
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He replied you don’t have to be “computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use an Android phone”. He added he found it hard to be “excited about the Android phones”. Ballmer had nicer words to say about Apple though saying they were a good rival, “but a different one”. He had kind words to say about the new Siri feature that was launched with the iPhone 4S.
But that didn’t stop him to claim that handsets running the Windows Phone software were better than the iPhone for putting the user’s needs first. He said that devices on both platforms looked good and felt nice to hold, but when you start using a Windows device the information “is front and centre”.
He does feel though those devices on the Windows Phone platform have to better compete price wise with Android handsets, and also denied the company would release its own smartphone to take on the Apple iPhone.
Do you agree with Ballmer’s comments?