Kawasaki pioneered the concept of product evangelism, whipping up enthusiasm among users and developers for Apple’s products. He is considered largely responsible for Apple’s reputation for idolatry amongst its customers.
The Talk Android website reports Kawasaki as saying: “I fell in love with Android on the smartphone, and then I got a Nexus 7 and started using Android on the tablet as well. To me the great irony is that Apple’s slogan was `Think Different,’ but today if you think different you’re looking at Android,” said Kawasaki. He said he originally made the switch for LTE but now that Apple supports LTE he’s not going back. He said, “I won’t switch now, because I think Android is better.”
Kawasaki is following in Steve Wozniak’s footsteps in declaring plenty of support for Apple’s rival, Wozniak told The Daily Beast website: “My primary phone is the iPhone. I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do”
Wozniak continues to believe that Apple should be more open to rival operating systems. “If you remember, we ported iTunes to Windows. We now addressed 100% of the world’s market with this integrated system and it began the era of Apple that we are now in. So why didn’t we port iTunes to Android? Did something get closed up? I love Apple products and iTunes and wish it were on my Android products too.”
Apple has been involved in complex litigation with Android, and particularly with Samsung for creating rival handsets that use the Android operating system. In November 2012 Apple named Google for the first time as part of its ongoing patent suit. Reports note that suing Google is more difficult because Google doesn’t profit from selling its Android software, which it gives to manufacturers for free. A CNBC report noted that “Apple could struggle in a lawsuit to prove that Google financially benefits from patent infringement.”