Apple’s Schiller: Samsung’s New Phone Runs on Old Software

Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android is fragmented and devices using the operating system, such as Samsung’s (SSNLF.PK) upcoming Galaxy S IV smartphone, do not offer as good an experience as an iPhone, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) marketing chief Phil Schiller has said.

In a rare move Schiller spoke with several media outlets on Wednesday, a day before the latest version of Samsung’s flagship device is said to be launching in New York City. Apple has faced some severe criticism lately, with the company’s share price under pressure for months following reports of falling sales and margins and investors anxious to see the next big product from the company.

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Schiller told The Wall Street Journal Android users often had outdated versions of the operating systems running on their devices because the Google software was “often given as a free replacement for a feature phone.” The experience for the user wasn’t “as good as an iPhone”, he added. The same would be true with the new Samsung device, he added. “And that extends to the news we are hearing this week that the Samsung Galaxy S IV is being rumored to ship with an operating system that is nearly a year old,” he told Reuters.

Another big problem was of fragmentation, with different manufacturers using Android differently. “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 told The Journal. “They don’t work seamlessly together”…

Schiller added that Apple’s research had showed that four times as many iPhone users switched from an Android phone than to an Android phone in the fourth quarter of last year. He also mentioned a ChangeWave survey that said around three-quarters of iPhone users were “very satisfied” with their device, compared with around half of Android users.

Most external research has put the iPhone’s share of the global smartphone in 2012 at around 20 percent, with Android contributing around 66 percent. In addition, IDC said earlier this week that Android tablets would likely take a bigger share of the market than Apple’s iPad as early as next year.

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Schiller said the figures and models were wrong. “I’m not sure that the estimates and the modeling accurately gives an accurate picture of it all,” he told The Journal.

While the Apple executive declined to talk about future products from the company, he praised the iPhone 5, saying it still had the “best display of any smartphone.”

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