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Apple Comes Out Swinging on Eve Of Galaxy S4 Launch

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According to Apple’s Phil Schiller, overall smartphone market share models don’t tell the whole truth when it comes to who’s winning the battle between Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iPhone.

With just hours to go until smartphone users get their first official peek at the next generation iPhone archrival the, Samsung Galaxy S4, Apple’s vice president of global marketing came out swinging against the entirety of Google’s approach to smartphones.

Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller introduces the new iPad mini during an Apple event in San Jose

During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Schiller declared the entire Android ecosystem to be a haven for fragmentation, even going so far to note various pain points for users of the operating system including multiple account signups and the relatively old age of the operating system that most Android smartphones run:

“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.” He was also careful to note that “Android is often given as free replacement for a feature phone and the experience isn’t as good as an iPhone.”

Because Android devices ship at more price points, there are some devices that ship at lower prices and therefore don’t necessarily consist of as many high-end components as iPhones.

Sharp as his comments on the operating system itself are, it’s the answers given in the interview by Mr. Schiller on measuring market share that will draw the most interest: “I’m not sure that the estimates and the modeling accurately gives an accurate picture of it all.”

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He notes that researcher ChangeWave found that 75% of all iPhone users say that they’re “very satisfied” with their Apple device while only half of Android users feel the same way, according to that same study.

This past year, Google’s Android accounted for 66% of worldwide smartphones running as opposed to the 19% that Apple’s iPhone racked up in the same time period. Analysts don’t expect that ratio to change in the near future especially as Android vendors like Samsung continue to pump out well-marketed flagship devices that go toe-to-toe with Apple’s iPhone in hardware and software.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to feature a 13 megapixel camera, a 4.99” Super AMOLED display, a quad-core processor and an enhanced version of Android that may have “eye tracking” technology for automatic scrolling.

Travis Pope is a Reporter-at-large for GottaBeMobile. He's currently enjoying a romp in the dangerous quicksand that is Microsoft's Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Xbox ecosystem.

5 Comments

  1. j bird

    03/13/2013 at 10:16 pm

    The fragmented o.s is why nexus 4 is selling like hot cakes. I had a Android (broke) then got a IPhone, but now I’m on a nexus. I will never buy a IPhone again. Stock Android is best I’ve used so far. The bugs and glitches are a thing of the past. Google now and all the 9+ things you have to sign up for work seamless together. IPhone feels like a app machine. Nexus feels like a true “smart phone” Apple needs to steep it up and they know it…

  2. Dev

    03/14/2013 at 12:58 am

    Doesn’t look the same to me.. I have shifted from galaxy s2 to iPhone 5 and find it a wiser move.. IPhone gives a wow experience.. OS is old but very stable.

    I love apple because of the simple OS which doesn’t even require the dual core processor unlike sg3 or note 2 which runs on quad core processor and still lags at time*

    • trob6969

      03/14/2013 at 6:40 am

      …just curious to know: specifically, what is it about the iPhone’s experience that wows you as opposed to an Android phone? I ask this because people who prefer iPhone say it’s experience is just better without specifying exactly how. I’ve used several Android phones and some were mid-level but they all ran very smoothly without any lagging so I’m thinking it can’t be that. I’ve seen many people using iPhones and how those phones operate but I’ve never used one so I ask, what am I missing?

  3. TheTruthSquad

    03/14/2013 at 8:24 am

    I had a GF who couldn’t figure out how to use her feature phone. She bought an Iphone 4S and couldn’t figure out how to use it either. But, her friend told her the Iphone was easier to use so she is now a fanboy (fangirl?) Iphone users are either those who follow the herd or too dense to use a real smart phone and some are both, like her.

  4. j bird

    03/14/2013 at 12:16 pm

    I will say apps are better on iPhone for the most part. I don’t see that changing any time soon. I have no problem dropping a few bucks on a iPhone app. With Android you better do a little bit of homework.

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