Eric Schmidt: Dump the iPhone for Android


Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Eric Schmidt really wants Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone users to switch to Android. In a recent post on his Google+ page titled, “Eric’s Guide: Converting to Android from iPhone,” Google’s executive chair provided detailed instructions on how Apple users can abandon iOS for Android.

“Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android,” wrote Schmidt. “The latest high-end phones from Samsung (SSNLF.PK) (Galaxy S4), Motorola Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Droid Ultra and the Nexus 5 for AT&T (NYSE:T), Sprint (NYSE:S), T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS) have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface.  They are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!”

The step-by-step instructions explained how iPhone users can move their contacts and photos from Apple’s iCloud to an Android-based device. Schmidt noted that iTunes music can be transferred to the cloud via the Google Music Manager app. Although iPhone users will lose Apple’s exclusive native applications, the Google executive claimed that iPhone users can find “all the applications you normally use” in the Google Play Store. He also noted that iPhone users may need an adapter when they move Apple’s nano-SIM card to a standard micro-SIM phone.

Besides providing practical instructions for making the switch from iOS to Android, Schmidt also made an ironic reference to Apple’s famous “Switch” ad campaign. “Like the people who moved from PCs to Macs and never switched back, you will switch from iPhone to Android and never switch back as everything will be in the cloud, backed up, and there are so many choices for you,” wrote Schmidt.

Finally, the Google executive advised Apple’s users to stop using the Cupertino-based company’s Safari browser. “Be sure to use Chrome, not Safari; its [sic] safer and better in so many ways,” wrote Schmidt. “And it’s free.”

Although Schmidt primarily touted the many technical advantages of Android-based phones, he also noted that the Android platform has a numerical advantage in the size of its user base. “Eighty percent of the world, in the latest surveys, agrees on Android,” wrote Schmidt. According to the most recent data from market research firm Gartner, Android secured an 81.9 percent share of the worldwide smartphone market in the third quarter, up from the 72.6 percent share it held in the same quarter last year. In comparison, Apple’s iOS mobile operating system held a 12.1 percent share.

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