With just a bit of time before Samsung is expected to announce the next-generation Galaxy S4 smartphone, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, offered his thoughts on why devices running Google’s Android operating system are inferior products to the iPhone and iOS devices in general.
In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Schiller discussed the fourth quarter 2012 metrics related to “switchers,” referring to handset users who switched between an iPhone and an Android. Citing Apple research, the executive said that four times as many iPhone users switched away from Android than to a handset running Google’s mobile OS. Schiller was also quick to point out one of the shortcomings of the Android platform: fragmentation. He noted that many Android users are still running older versions of the operating system, whereas Apple’s implementation of iOS is uniform. According to him:
Android is often given [as] a free replacement for a feature phone and the experience isn't as good as an iPhone.
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. They don't work seamlessly together.
Source: The Wall Street Journal