Wozniak wants Apple to work with rivals

Steve Wozniak praises Google, Samsung

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has claimed technology as a whole would benefit if the company worked alongside long standing rivals Google and Samsung.

In an interview with the BBC, Wozniak expressed his frustration that Android devices were often capable of performing certain functions to a higher standard than the iPhone, citing voice recognition as an example.

The 63-year-old lamented the fact that tech companies seem so reluctant to share new discoveries, and stated his belief that an unlikely alliance between the competitors would result in better products.

"There are good things I see on Samsung phones that I wish were in my iPhone. I wish Apple would use them and could use them, and I don't know if Samsung would stop us," he said.

Wozniak also spoke about the potential for advancement in wearable tech if these companies joined forces, and spoke about his hopes for products such as smartwatches and Google Glass.

How likely is it that Apple, Google and Samsung will work together?

"If I were there, it would be pretty likely," said Wozniak, when pressed on whether or not he thought his partnership suggestion could ever happen.

Of course, the man whose famous partnership with Steve Jobs proved the foundation for Apple's current success is no longer an active part of the company, and admitted that his ideas were not very likely to bear out in reality.

He suggested he was "probably wrong" in his assertion that Apple could work with its rivals, confessing he did not know whether the idea could work from a purely business perspective.

Indeed, with Apple and Samsung's legal battles over patents seemingly never ending, the prospect of the pair voluntarily sharing any new discoveries seems a remote possibility.

Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword, said: "While this is an interesting thought from Steve Wozniak, in truth one would think it is very unlikely to ever happen, particularly given the bitterness that exists between Apple and Samsung."