Apple exec slams Android one day before Samsung Galaxy S IV reveal

We are just one day away from the official reveal of the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S IV smartphone. While much of what's inside the phone has been leaked already to the internet, it's still promises to be a big media circus when Samsung reveals the phone to the public on Thursday at a New York City media event.

The Galaxy S series of smartphones have been huge sellers for Samsung and have lead the way in Android smartphone shipments. Today, Apple's senior vice president of world-wide marketing Phil Schiller decided to try to take Samsung and the Android OS down a notch in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, just days after he tweeted that smartphone users should "be safe out there", and linking to a report highlighting the prevalence of malware on Android.

Schiller claimed that Apple's own data showed that in the fourth quarter of 2012, four times as many Android phone owners decided to switch to Apple's iPhone rather than the other way around. Schiller also brought up the same old claims that the fragmentation of Android phones in the marketplace was in fact hurting the OS.

"Oh, snap ... Schiller just got real!"

Apple naturally still sees its iPhone experience as superior, with Schiller claiming, "Android is often given as a free replacement for a feature phone and the experience isn't as good as an iPhone." While it's true that there are all sort of price points of Android phones, along with numberous different versions of the OS, the article also points out that in 2012, Gartner said sales of Android-based smartphones took up 66.4 percent of all smartphones worldwide, compared to 19.1 percent for Apple's iPhone family.

The fact that Schiller is taking the fight to Samsung and Android could be a hint that Apple is seriously concerned that sales of the Galaxy S IV may eat into iPhone sales. This may not be the last such comment from an Apple executive on this matter. 

Source: Wall Street Journal
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Such hypocrites...the iPhone 3GS is also free on contract and many have replaced feature phones with it. AT leats those FREE Android devices do more than even the latets iPhone.

Oh and how quickly we forget, as of Q3 2012, Samsung sold 90M "phones" with 45M being smartphones and that number was broken down to 3 models. The GS2, GS3 and the Note 2. There were very few of the socalled cheap phones. As far as better experience? I had 2 iPhones, I wouldnt say its better, its just cleaner and prettier. But I prefer function and I get tired of playing kiddie games that have been reskinned from the 80's and 90's games i grew up with.

"said that Android users are often running old operating systems"

That funny, Mr. Schiller, since I'm an iPhone 4 user - given to me as a present - and I haven't "upgraded" to ios6 (and will never do so) since I hear that is complete and utter lagging s### - so me, an ios user, is running an "old" operating system

When I log in to Android the first time it asks me for my Gmail info. On other Android devices it also asks for their Facebook and Twitter info.

On an iOS device it asks for Apple ID, Facebook and Twitter. And you haven't even put in your real email address yet.

Android wins this battle. Phil is an idiot.

OMG this is ridiculous! iOS is the most boring OS out there. Even working on a windows phone is more exciting than working on an iPhone.
And for android, try 4.1 and above and you won't even think about going back to iOS.

I curently have an iphone after owning both android and windows mobile phones. Looking at upgrading now. Still not sure which to go with.

Can you easily make video calls on android as last time this was a pain?

glen8 said,
I curently have an iphone after owning both android and windows mobile phones. Looking at upgrading now. Still not sure which to go with.

Can you easily make video calls on android as last time this was a pain?

yes...i use both Yahoo and Skype. There are other ways too. But mt GN2 doesnt have a OS based app like how Apple integrated Facetime. But I am glad, because I can set Skype as my default which you cant set anything as default on iOS.

I think the use of the word "slam" should be banned from all future news articles, seeing as the "reporters" have no bloody idea what it actually means and constantly misuse it.

The truth hurts, he is bang on every point. iOS is superior and it should be, it's designed to run on very specific hardware while Android runs on virtually anything. Fragmentation is still an enormous problem, even the Galaxy Nexus was/is badly fragmented (thanks to Samsung not caring). My Galaxy Nexus only recently officially got Jelly Bean (4.1.2) after months of delays. I mean what happened to it getting these updates first? instead it's last.. Anyway, I still love Android and it's still my number 1 choice, however, I'm not blind to it's failings and to be honest there are alot of them. Google still has alot of work to do...

Not true with the Galaxy Nexus. If you bought it directly from Google then yes your updated by Google, however, if you were stupid enough to buy it through a carrier (like me) you are updated by Samsung. Google got into bed with the carriers to get them to sell the Galaxy Nexus (i.e. they allowed them to mess with/control the firmware) then duck shoved those carrier supported phones to Samsung and wiped their hands of the matter. Luckily they learned with the Nexus 4 and didn't repeat that massive blunder...

Xerxes said,
The truth hurts, he is bang on every point. iOS is superior and it should be, it's designed to run on very specific hardware while Android runs on virtually anything. Fragmentation is still an enormous problem, even the Galaxy Nexus was/is badly fragmented (thanks to Samsung not caring). My Galaxy Nexus only recently officially got Jelly Bean (4.1.2) after months of delays. I mean what happened to it getting these updates first? instead it's last.. Anyway, I still love Android and it's still my number 1 choice, however, I'm not blind to it's failings and to be honest there are alot of them. Google still has alot of work to do...
You do realize that iOS could run on anything too...right? I mean Android phones are basically using the same platform. ARM is ARM no matter what device its in or what fancy name they give it.

Xerxes said,
The truth hurts, he is bang on every point. iOS is superior and it should be, it's designed to run on very specific hardware while Android runs on virtually anything. Fragmentation is still an enormous problem, even the Galaxy Nexus was/is badly fragmented (thanks to Samsung not caring). My Galaxy Nexus only recently officially got Jelly Bean (4.1.2) after months of delays. I mean what happened to it getting these updates first? instead it's last.. Anyway, I still love Android and it's still my number 1 choice, however, I'm not blind to it's failings and to be honest there are alot of them. Google still has alot of work to do...
If you think he is spot on, than you have bigger problem than the fact you agreed with him.

How many Android phones have you owned.

Here let me help you. If you get an LG phone, it uses stock Android with no skin. You sign into Google and you're done getting asked question. You can do Facebook and Twitter if and when you install them.

With Samsung devices which in most cases use TouchWiz, it too pretty much only asks for Google ID. Now in my case, since I have a Verzion branded device, it also asks me for ID for Verizon Account/Backup Manager but that's it. I am only asked for FB or Twitter after I install them. Oh and it asks for a Samsung ID if you have one. Which I do. But Idont enter it here. I go to settings and set up all my online services in one swopp by using the add account screen.

iOS asks for Apple ID, and now since Twiiter and FB are rolled into the OS, you can supply those to. But unlike iOS, with Android I can skip adding any ID's and use the phone right away, which you cant do with an iphone. In fact if you buy any Apple device that is WiFI only it is unuable until u get on WiFI and if you dont have an Apple ID or you cant create one bec you dont have a credit card youil u go to a PC. With iPhone u can get online and create an ID bec the iPhone has cellular conenctivity and thus you arent totally stuck. But if you dont have an ID the phone is permanently locked until you enter one. That is stupid. You cant even use the builtin apps until u supply an ID...Android frees you from the prison of APple stupidity on how people atually want to use a phone.

Apple treats you all like Steve Jobs is as a person...as clueless and mindless as a box of stones.

android is to ios what windows is to osx

sure you can get bugs but its way more customisable

i can see some people who dont want to tinker atound, for them ios is good, but people who like the ability to control and change every facet of the phond then android is the way to go.

If you really want to change every facet on your Android trinket, you'll need to root it and use a custom ROM.

I wish Apple would just focus on what they have to offer and keep mum about their competitors.

If you want to seem superior then act it.

omgben said,
I wish Apple would just focus on what they have to offer and keep mum about their competitors.

If you want to seem superior then act it.

It's a nice sentiment, but the high road doesn't get you anywhere in business.

Lamenting that won't get you anywhere, either.

Lamenting the futility of lamentations are also, of course, futile.

Is it possible to have an Android phone without signing up for any Google services/accounts and still get good use out the device?

Enron said,
Is it possible to have an Android phone without signing up for any Google services/accounts and still get good use out the device?

yes, you dont even need an account you can download apps on your pc and transfer them via usb.

every feature on ios can be found in android, plus the freedom to do things your own way.

Enron said,
Is it possible to have an Android phone without signing up for any Google services/accounts and still get good use out the device?

Yes, you have the option of skipping the set-up wizard and using the phone without signing into anything. You can download apk's from the internet and sideload them, install them via adb, or simply download them and install them with the device

Hey Apple exec.. I've had iPhones and I currently own a Galaxy S III. Want an advise? Fix that dated OS and battery drainer that is iOS… then you can talk.

After 4 months of using ICS 4.2.2, returning to iOS 6 feels like I'm back in 2009.

myxomatosis said,

After 4 months of using ICS 4.2.2, returning to iOS 6 feels like I'm back in 2009.

Umm... you mean Jelly Bean 4.2.2?

Enjoy SG3 but love my iPhone more. Its great that apple have other companys out there that could take their market, forces them to keep up and not control the market, (has much as they try to) Good luck top the SG4 looking forward to seeing what it can do.

not shocked ! by this trying to derail the launch event ... im waiting till after the events over for the apple lawsuits to start .... ITS GOING TO HAPPEN

I don't fit in here since I do prefer IOS of android, but I don't call what he says as "slamming android"... why can't people just have opinions without it sounding like an attack?

Neowin headlines are required to include "slam" in stories which involve a member of one company even remotely criticising another.

thommcg said,
Neowin headlines are required to include "slam" in stories which involve a member of one company even remotely criticising another.

Not just a Neowin thing. Journalists and bloggers *adore* using the word "slam". It's as if an occult hand had reached out and typed it for them every time.

"When you take an Android device out of the box, you have to sign up to nine accounts with different vendors to get the experience iOS comes with"

Even Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field wouldn't be able to sustain that statement...

thommcg said,
"When you take an Android device out of the box, you have to sign up to nine accounts with different vendors to get the experience iOS comes with"

Even Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field wouldn't be able to sustain that statement...

No kidding, i just have my google account on there and have IM(iMessage but cross platform), Email, Calendar, Contact sync with Google, and more...Crapple still doesnt have this...but hey..panoramic camera INNOVATION

Honestly, I have no idea what accounts he's talking about - I only use my Google account, and also have my Exchange (work) email synced up. You technically don't need any accounts, although not having a Google account is pretty pointless as you can't download apps or such.

Likewise. I login with my GMail account and I'm ready to rock. No complaints about different accounts and confusion on Android devices from me here!

virtorio said,
His opinion of Android seems about two to three years out of date, kind of like the current version iOS.

You win one free internet.

virtorio said,
His opinion of Android seems about two to three years out of date, kind of like the current version iOS.

Oooof.

virtorio said,
His opinion of Android seems about two to three years out of date, kind of like the current version iOS.

haha zing!