Elon Musk: Apple Likely to Lose to Google in Smartphone Market Without Steve Jobs

Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk says without Steve Jobs, Apple will likely ultimately lose to Google in the smartphone market.

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk was quoted at a government-sponsored roundtable in London saying that Apple will likely lose out to Google in the smartphone market "because (former Apple CEO Steve) Jobs is out of the picture."

He added that "it really makes a difference who runs the company. (Google CEO) Larry Page is quite good and probably in the long run will come out on top."

Musk's comments follows Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak expressing his worry that Microsoft might be more creative than Apple and the latter will eventually show signs of decline due to its lack of innovation. An analyst had also said the firm's creativity is "sputtering".

Current CEO Tim Cook, meanwhile, has been criticized for his apparent lack of leadership skills, as well as being a technology "lightweight".

Android has been increasing its smartphone market share quarter-over-quarter, with iOS seeing its share decrease due to the emergence of various handsets powered by Google's platform. During the third quarter of 2012, Android was installed on 72.4 percent of all smartphones.

 

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  • sinfulpotato
    My first instinct when I saw this article was to grab my shotgun.. surely news this old had to be risen from the grave.
  • Parsian
    otacon72Comparing iOS to Android as it pertains to smartphone market share is ludicrous. iOS is on what 4 different devices and Android is on several hundred. Take the 4 top selling Android smartphones then compare those to iOS. No contest on a level playing field. iOS wins by a landslide.


    did you forget to read the article about Samsung S3 outselling Apple most selling phone, iPhone 4s?
  • memadmax
    It won't be only because of Steve Jobs, but it will also be because of his legacy of being a stubborn ack and keeping Apple crap closed system...
    This nearly killed apple back in the 90's, it can and will happen again... Just because it got lucky and found a gadget niche means nothing if they can't get on the open and dynamic bandwagon.
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  • sinfulpotato
    My first instinct when I saw this article was to grab my shotgun.. surely news this old had to be risen from the grave.
  • Parsian
    otacon72Comparing iOS to Android as it pertains to smartphone market share is ludicrous. iOS is on what 4 different devices and Android is on several hundred. Take the 4 top selling Android smartphones then compare those to iOS. No contest on a level playing field. iOS wins by a landslide.


    did you forget to read the article about Samsung S3 outselling Apple most selling phone, iPhone 4s?
  • bigdog44
    If MS can get their crap together, maybe they won't miss this window of opportunity, and maybe spur some innovation on all fronts. Right now its still the same old price vs popularity contest.