On the eve of Samsung's Galaxy S4 event, Apple's Phil Schiller repeats that Android is fragmented, lacks integration, offers poor experience

On the eve of Samsung's Galaxy S4 event, Apple's Phil Schiller take shots at Android

Tomorrow Samsung will announce the Galaxy S4 -- I know this because I'll be in New York, playing Jimmy Olsen to Phil Nickinson's Clark Kent and otherwise helping out with Android Central's coverage -- and as if on cue, Apple's senior vice president of marketing, Phil Schiller, has popped up to send some jabs Android's way. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal's Ian Sherr and Jessica E. Lessin, Schiller hit the usual targets of fragmentation, lack of integration, and poor user experience:

Android is often given 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.

Schiller did add that, according to Apple's own research, four times as many people switched from Android to iPhone during Q4 quarter as the other way around. Again, that's Apple's research, so weigh it accordingly.

Other than that, it's pretty much what Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, has said numerous times before during quarterly conference calls, and Steve Jobs before him. In other words, nothing new. Not even the timing.

Everyone likes to hijack their competition's news cycles. It's part of the C-level job description. And everyone gets made fun of for doing it. Likewise part of the job description.

So amen or make that fun if you like. Personally, I'd rather let the phones and tablets both companies field this year do the talking for them.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Update 1: Schiller also spoke to Bloomberg, repeating the same point about four times as many Android users switching to iPhone than vice-versa, and adding:

Our products are innovative, and customers are buying them.

Update 2: Schiller also spoke to Reuters, targeting Samsung specifically, and saying Apple doesn't want to just pump out products.

"With their own data, only 16 percent of Android users are on year-old version of the operating system. Over 50 percent are still on software that is two years old. A really big difference. [...] And that extends to the news we are hearing this week that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is being rumored to ship with an OS that is nearly a year old. Customers will have to wait to get an update.

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So experience is defined on how you log in? Don't we sign up for nine different accounts too? Facebook, iMore, iCloud, Banking Apps, Twitter, Pandora, plus however many email accounts (three for me). Experience is subjective. I want more customization in iOS, but that limits my experience.

Well, logging in on Android is this.
1. Sign In on Google
2. Optional Sign in for the rest of your apps (This is on the welcome screen)
-E-mail (Other than G-Mail)
-Facebook
-Twitter
-Dropbox
-ETC

I love the Apple Welcome screen about 100x better than Androids at the moment (Because of Find my iPhone, and really quick to using the phone itself), but logging in to Android is better for me because you can log on to multiple accounts right away, never having to log on right when you turn on the app. I agree with you that experience is subjective, and I love both OS's.

Well, you don't have to worry about the "find my Android" device actually, unless you really lose it. No self respecting criminal would steal an android device :)

10 thing not to buy one:

wow... Iphone is a creap mate ... is not so complex as Android Phones, Iphone is just a kid toy. 1.People buy it because it is expensive to show of... like they have beautiful (but stupid) phones. 2.With Android almost everithing is free... buy Apple and also payed software. YEA! make the Apple guys reach.
3.When you have a phone conversation using Ipohne for more than 10 min it heats up like an iron.
4.the sofware didn't evolve in neigher way... it remained the same.A... they inserted multithreading (you can run multiple Apps in the same time)
5. YOU CAN'T PUT LIVE BACKGROUNS to your phone. Immagine that!!! 21th Century and doesn't have live backgrounds, yeak what a phone.... buy a cheep phone for talking onlhy, with a touch screen! not a smartphone!!!!
6. the software is not free this means that Apple can monitor you everywhere. It happend before when Apple saved your GPS position in a file(didn't need GPS, only triangulation).
7. The company didn't evolve to nothing... it just suing other market companies(like they've invented the button or something).
8. IT LOOKS LIKE A BRICK. It has sharp edges and the screen is small. Why do you buy a smartphone?
A: to run different apps on it so the screen should be bigger not small. The other producers got this but Apple didn't... and you know why? Because they're using a system that is deprecated and can't use other resolutions on the device. They are still keeping the 320x200 resolution and for higher resolution they are making somehow the conversion. A stupidity in my opininon.
9. You need to buy every model that comes up in order to be updated with the newer versions. I mean... you buy a phone and in 1 year ... you have to sell it because the next one appears with the new software feature... come on... it is realy stupid.
10. it is a crap phone !!!

10 thing not to buy one:

wow... Iphone is a creap mate ... is not so complex as Android Phones, Iphone is just a kid toy. 1.People buy it because it is expensive to show of... like they have beautiful (but stupid) phones. 2.With Android almost everithing is free... buy Apple and also payed software. YEA! make the Apple guys reach.
3.When you have a phone conversation using Ipohne for more than 10 min it heats up like an iron.
4.the sofware didn't evolve in neigher way... it remained the same.A... they inserted multithreading (you can run multiple Apps in the same time)
5. YOU CAN'T PUT LIVE BACKGROUNS to your phone. Immagine that!!! 21th Century and doesn't have live backgrounds, yeak what a phone.... buy a cheep phone for talking onlhy, with a touch screen! not a smartphone!!!!
6. the software is not free this means that Apple can monitor you everywhere. It happend before when Apple saved your GPS position in a file(didn't need GPS, only triangulation).
7. The company didn't evolve to nothing... it just suing other market companies(like they've invented the button or something).
8. IT LOOKS LIKE A BRICK. It has sharp edges and the screen is small. Why do you buy a smartphone?
A: to run different apps on it so the screen should be bigger not small. The other producers got this but Apple didn't... and you know why? Because they're using a system that is deprecated and can't use other resolutions on the device. They are still keeping the 320x200 resolution and for higher resolution they are making somehow the conversion. A stupidity in my opininon.
9. You need to buy every model that comes up in order to be updated with the newer versions. I mean... you buy a phone and in 1 year ... you have to sell it because the next one appears with the new software feature... come on... it is realy stupid.
10. it is a crap phone !!!

English MF'r. Do you speak it??

And can someone delete the other 10 post of the same ignorant shit from this guy.

Man! for you I should of post a fart so that you could understand. My english is not native but for sure better than yours mate!
Sory to ruin your shity dreams about apple(not with big A) and why delete my comments?
Are they not true? tell me if they are not !

It's bad form. And obnoxious.

And, as I kept reading,o saw you posted that same crap MANY more times, below. This isn't just a cultural difference, it's immature attention-seeking, nigh-troll-dom.

Sorry for doing this, but... this guy... Phil Schiller Apples's big image face... is saying things that makes you post on every webpage about Apples's fraud and tell people the truth.
You can't say such things... specially from a person that is aware of technologies. I my opinion is telling people lies.
They are lying people and Apple had done a lot of it over the past years. The common people doesn't know about the stupid phone that they are buying and people should be aware of this things.

Sorry Apple but phones on Android is 500% better than your phone so quit saying nonsense on the news just to protect your product. Make it better!!! don't lie to people!!!

Dude, why worry about it that much? Don't act like people involved with Android and Samsung and HTC and LG and Sony don't lie and aren't in it for the money. What do you expect the VP of Apple to say? Android is great? Get real dude. If you don't like Apple you shouldn't be on this site. So take your ignorant propaganda somewhere else.

I could respond to this point by point, from the viewpoint of someone who has used android for the last three years, and now has been on an iPhone 5 for just over a month...
But somehow I don't think it would make a difference. So I'll not waste my time.

Sorry, but you are full of shit Schiller. Sure Android is fragmented; however, it still gives a great experience. With the help of widgets it can make things very easy for a user. I'm not talking about Twitter, Facebook, or other widgets for 3rd party applications, but setting controls widgets. It's an annoying experience to dig through my settings each time I want to change something. Thank god for the Jailbreak community.

You think your experience is so great? How about us not being able to handle anything over 50% brightness without having a dead phone at the end of the day? We cannot even enjoy all the things you brag about in your commercials because you guys are so damn cheap and unwilling to put a battery bigger than 2000 mAH in your iPhone. You hide this by being 'determined' to make your phone 'lighter and thinner.' SCREW YOU. Make it a littler heavier and give me a good battery sized iPhone.

10 thing not to buy one:

wow... Iphone is a creap mate ... is not so complex as Android Phones, Iphone is just a kid toy. 1.People buy it because it is expensive to show of... like they have beautiful (but stupid) phones. 2.With Android almost everithing is free... buy Apple and also payed software. YEA! make the Apple guys reach.
3.When you have a phone conversation using Ipohne for more than 10 min it heats up like an iron.
4.the sofware didn't evolve in neigher way... it remained the same.A... they inserted multithreading (you can run multiple Apps in the same time)
5. YOU CAN'T PUT LIVE BACKGROUNS to your phone. Immagine that!!! 21th Century and doesn't have live backgrounds, yeak what a phone.... buy a cheep phone for talking onlhy, with a touch screen! not a smartphone!!!!
6. the software is not free this means that Apple can monitor you everywhere. It happend before when Apple saved your GPS position in a file(didn't need GPS, only triangulation).
7. The company didn't evolve to nothing... it just suing other market companies(like they've invented the button or something).
8. IT LOOKS LIKE A BRICK. It has sharp edges and the screen is small. Why do you buy a smartphone?
A: to run different apps on it so the screen should be bigger not small. The other producers got this but Apple didn't... and you know why? Because they're using a system that is deprecated and can't use other resolutions on the device. They are still keeping the 320x200 resolution and for higher resolution they are making somehow the conversion. A stupidity in my opininon.
9. You need to buy every model that comes up in order to be updated with the newer versions. I mean... you buy a phone and in 1 year ... you have to sell it because the next one appears with the new software feature... come on... it is realy stupid.
10. it is a crap phone !!!

Lol clearly you don't own an iPhone or any smartphone. Put any current phone at 50% or greater brightness and see how any of them do with battery. Also widgets...really? Widgets are space takers and another drain on battery and typically useless.

I think he gave a very good example of types of widgets (toggles) that do not cause any extra drain on the battery and yet are extremely useful. Your reply suggest either you didn't read or understand his comment.

As far as widgets that can drain the battery, if you only have a chosen few, the benefits obviously outweigh the minimal battery drain for most users. Maybe you just want the latest score in your team's latest game, or stocks, or news, or weather, or Facebook, etc. Why have to open an app, refresh it, close it, just to get that small bit of information? Like most options, it's better to have the choice than not - if you don't want to use them, they won't drain the battery. But I secretly think you would use a few if you had the option - they're actually pretty cool ;)

10 thing not to buy one:

wow... Iphone is a creap mate ... is not so complex as Android Phones, Iphone is just a kid toy. 1.People buy it because it is expensive to show of... like they have beautiful (but stupid) phones. 2.With Android almost everithing is free... buy Apple and also payed software. YEA! make the Apple guys reach.
3.When you have a phone conversation using Ipohne for more than 10 min it heats up like an iron.
4.the sofware didn't evolve in neigher way... it remained the same.A... they inserted multithreading (you can run multiple Apps in the same time)
5. YOU CAN'T PUT LIVE BACKGROUNS to your phone. Immagine that!!! 21th Century and doesn't have live backgrounds, yeak what a phone.... buy a cheep phone for talking onlhy, with a touch screen! not a smartphone!!!!
6. the software is not free this means that Apple can monitor you everywhere. It happend before when Apple saved your GPS position in a file(didn't need GPS, only triangulation).
7. The company didn't evolve to nothing... it just suing other market companies(like they've invented the button or something).
8. IT LOOKS LIKE A BRICK. It has sharp edges and the screen is small. Why do you buy a smartphone?
A: to run different apps on it so the screen should be bigger not small. The other producers got this but Apple didn't... and you know why? Because they're using a system that is deprecated and can't use other resolutions on the device. They are still keeping the 320x200 resolution and for higher resolution they are making somehow the conversion. A stupidity in my opininon.
9. You need to buy every model that comes up in order to be updated with the newer versions. I mean... you buy a phone and in 1 year ... you have to sell it because the next one appears with the new software feature... come on... it is realy stupid.
10. it is a crap phone !!!

Widgets are only useless to those that are denied them. My battery lasts 1.5 days with moderate use and 5 active widgets in use. But then again, I wouldn't expect someone with an iPhone to understand.

i make use of exactly zero of the traditional "widgets" on my GS3. They are there. Some people might like them. I find them completely useless and cumbersome. To each his/her own.

The iPhone can certainly benefit by adding some actionable notifications, revamping notification center etc., but "widgets" in their current iteration on android-which is pathetically the only idea that ever seems to come up when someone brings up how apple needs to innovate-are simply not of any real value to 9 out of 10 consumers. Even android manufacturers are beginning to admit that.

No, what Apple could really do to better their platform is to allow apps to utilize more core OS functions. The fact that Android can have any app as a default for a specific function is alone a selling point. The fact that Android allows more than just Google's apps to share at a core level is alone a selling point. Hell, widgets are just an icing. The fact that you don't have to go through Google to install apps if you don't want to and utilize something like Amazon is a selling point. I mean really, when you buy a car from Ford, does Ford make you buy their gas and prevent you from installing non-Ford equipment on it? People would riot over that....except when it comes to Apple devices. Then the entire smart consumer sense goes right out the window because Apple knows what's best for you. Some people need that. Others don't.

I get about 10 Hours at 75% Brightness on a 2000mah battery on my Evo LTE. And about 4 Hours at 45% Brightness on my iPhone 4S.

10 thing not to buy one:

wow... Iphone is a creap mate ... is not so complex as Android Phones, Iphone is just a kid toy. 1.People buy it because it is expensive to show of... like they have beautiful (but stupid) phones. 2.With Android almost everithing is free... buy Apple and also payed software. YEA! make the Apple guys reach.
3.When you have a phone conversation using Ipohne for more than 10 min it heats up like an iron.
4.the sofware didn't evolve in neigher way... it remained the same.A... they inserted multithreading (you can run multiple Apps in the same time)
5. YOU CAN'T PUT LIVE BACKGROUNS to your phone. Immagine that!!! 21th Century and doesn't have live backgrounds, yeak what a phone.... buy a cheep phone for talking onlhy, with a touch screen! not a smartphone!!!!
6. the software is not free this means that Apple can monitor you everywhere. It happend before when Apple saved your GPS position in a file(didn't need GPS, only triangulation).
7. The company didn't evolve to nothing... it just suing other market companies(like they've invented the button or something).
8. IT LOOKS LIKE A BRICK. It has sharp edges and the screen is small. Why do you buy a smartphone?
A: to run different apps on it so the screen should be bigger not small. The other producers got this but Apple didn't... and you know why? Because they're using a system that is deprecated and can't use other resolutions on the device. They are still keeping the 320x200 resolution and for higher resolution they are making somehow the conversion. A stupidity in my opininon.
9. You need to buy every model that comes up in order to be updated with the newer versions. I mean... you buy a phone and in 1 year ... you have to sell it because the next one appears with the new software feature... come on... it is realy stupid.
10. it is a crap phone !!!

I have a photo widget that pulls updates on the selected contacts and when I tap on it, it bring up that person's contact card and from there I can either call, text, email, IMS, Facebook, Google +, Twitter and any number of services that hook into the contacts system in Android.
It's kind of like the People Tile on Windows Phone but for a particular person and it also serves as a shortcut to that person contact card and the number of third party apps look into it is astonishing. I have a dedicated home screen for all the people I care about.

I share some of these opinions, minus the anger. I agree that the settings app is way too cumbersome. But jail break apps like Auxo go a long way toward fixing things. I also agree that Apple places too much emphasis on thinness. Give me a phone that has 50% longer battery life and a truly stellar camera and I'll accept it being a full centimeter thick.

Samsung might shine tomorrow, but Schiller will make sure he can have the right to his I told you so in the future! #TEAMAPPLEFOREVER

10 thing not to buy one:

wow... Iphone is a creap mate ... is not so complex as Android Phones, Iphone is just a kid toy. 1.People buy it because it is expensive to show of... like they have beautiful (but stupid) phones. 2.With Android almost everithing is free... buy Apple and also payed software. YEA! make the Apple guys reach.
3.When you have a phone conversation using Ipohne for more than 10 min it heats up like an iron.
4.the sofware didn't evolve in neigher way... it remained the same.A... they inserted multithreading (you can run multiple Apps in the same time)
5. YOU CAN'T PUT LIVE BACKGROUNS to your phone. Immagine that!!! 21th Century and doesn't have live backgrounds, yeak what a phone.... buy a cheep phone for talking onlhy, with a touch screen! not a smartphone!!!!
6. the software is not free this means that Apple can monitor you everywhere. It happend before when Apple saved your GPS position in a file(didn't need GPS, only triangulation).
7. The company didn't evolve to nothing... it just suing other market companies(like they've invented the button or something).
8. IT LOOKS LIKE A BRICK. It has sharp edges and the screen is small. Why do you buy a smartphone?
A: to run different apps on it so the screen should be bigger not small. The other producers got this but Apple didn't... and you know why? Because they're using a system that is deprecated and can't use other resolutions on the device. They are still keeping the 320x200 resolution and for higher resolution they are making somehow the conversion. A stupidity in my opininon.
9. You need to buy every model that comes up in order to be updated with the newer versions. I mean... you buy a phone and in 1 year ... you have to sell it because the next one appears with the new software feature... come on... it is realy stupid.
10. it is a crap phone !!!

Ya it's called math....add up all the "smart phone profits" from LG, HTC, Samsung, etc. (All the other android smartphone manufacturers) and you will see the total profits for android smartphone is far higher than ios smartphones

I am an Android fan but I get so sick of both company executives being unprofessional in their attacks on one another. Both platforms offer great experiences for everyone, and everyone has their own preference beyond the basics. I log into Google when I first pull my Android out of the box and that's the only thing I am always sure to do. And even then, you can skip over that and still use the phone if you'd like. Logging into Google simply downloads your previous content and loads your contacts for you just like logging into iTunes on a new iPhone.

Everyone spins things to make their preference appear better than the competitor, but it's all the same at this point. Apple has iTunes, Android has Google. Sorry Schiller, but that doesn't equal 9. Math tutoring isn't too expensive, especially for someone with so much money. It might be worth your time.

I also don't get where the nine accounts comes from. It's not like iOS magically knows your Twitter and Facebook login, you still have to input it initially. The only thing that initially comes to mind is the game Tiny Tower where you need a Mobage account on Android.

More than that though I don't see what an interview like this gains Apple. Sounding defensive just helps elevate the competition IMO.

Sounds desperate to me. Maybe he's reaching out to all the people who accidentally bought an Android because they were confused. Or maybe Apple thinks it's like Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest and they think they are saving people that are going astray. Get off your god complex and just compete in the marketplace. That's enough whining, complaining, and finger pointing. Just STFU and make phones, if yours is so superior let it take care of itself.

"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."

I honestly don't agree with that. I've used Windows Phone (Mango), Android, and iOS and I love each one of them for different reasons but one thing that I can say about Android is that it's come a far way just like the progress iOS has made since it début. And though Android may need you to sign into various accounts on initial set up, they not only work together in a great manner but most of those accounts offer/add to the overall experience. Plus the same can be said for iOS when you have to sign into your various accounts; exchange, facebook, twitter, tumblr, etc. etc. etc. (ok granted there may be some extra ones on Android that it makes you go through during the initial wizard rather than waiting on you to use something before asking you to sign-up/login to those services like iOS does)

I've loved my time with pretty much all the phones I've used since the last few years. From the first iPhone to WM6.1 Xperia X1 to HTC Mozart... and then BlackBerry Bold Touch, iPhone 4S, Galaxy S3 and finally iPhone 5...

And quite honestly, all these negative remarks about the competitor's offering just puts the mood off their own offering. Why can't execs and VPs learn to focus on what their platform offers as well as appreciate the strength of their competitor's platforms? (and leave the bashing to tech blogs and users...)

Let em fight, get pissed, and keep one upping each other with each new model... Customers win. At the end of the day there is no reason for any one of us, the consumer, to get bent out of shape and start bashing the product we don't own. At the end of the day we pay our hard earned money and the only allegiance any of us should have is to the device that serves us best for the moment until they piss us off and we jump teams that is....

Apple knows its going to suffer from the Galaxy S4 event.

The thing is.
If you are part of the Apple ecosystem, everything will work great.
If you part of the Google/Android ecosystem, everything will work great.

Schiller saying anything negative about Android should be taking as a joke.

Unfortunately tomorrow is all about the Samsung bloatware ecosystem. Nothing about google/android..

That's what I'm waiting on myself. The S4 will be great I'm sure but I'm more interested in Android 5.0, Google Glasses, the Nexus 5, the Nexus 7 II, etc.

Agreed. Although I'm not very excited for the Nexus 5, as I'd like to keep my Nexus 4 as the latest and greatest Nexus. :P

I used to think the same, till I bothered to use the bloatware, and I have to say, I rely on the bloatware everyone keeps talking about, I use all share for my smart tv, my friends with Apple tv hate it how easier it is for me to use my smart tv than is to use an Apple tv. I'm an interior designer,and I use the Spen a few times everyday with its pop up note.  I love camera voice commands, stopping/rejecting incoming calls and my morning alarm by saying stop or reject. And of course, Google now is amazing. A nexus? Lol that is so basic I can't stand it. I don't like touchwiz, reason why I use nova launcher, keep touchwiz tools, without the look. Vanilla Android is just a few notches better than iOS. Not advanced enough for me. And this guy, seriously doesn't know Android, better yet, iOS! We need multiple accounts to get things working, in fact, my Gmail, gets me more services working than logging in to iTunes does for most users. Unless you have a Mac/me email. Did I say how much I love smart stay, and I can't wait to get the S4 and use smart pause and scrolling... y'all nexus users can use fingers, I will let my S4 handle it! iOS users can say is a toy all u want, till Apple gets their own version lol and y'all will be like, innovation! Lol ignorance is such a blessing for A company...

Maybe we'll see a different take on commercials if their head guy of marketing is now resorting to this. C'mon Phil, you either mean it or you don't. It's not as if your recent commercials could get anymore cringe worthy.

Timing of comments aside Schiller is right. I have used all the OS's and I find Android at times interesting but often disappointing. Never a consistent high quality experience. I understand that iOS has an older UI and lacks customization but the seamless integration with my email and calendar at home and work make up for it. I have never been successful doing either well or as consistently on Android.

Really? The combination of Gmail and Calendar apps on the phone and syncing pretty much any email/calendar desktop client with Google works fine for me. Google uses open protocols like IMAP, CalDAV, and CardDAV for this very reason.

Entries doubled, tripled, quadrupled on calendar and contacts, items not syncing... (Even the IT guys cursed Google for these so now not used). Gmail not used as a primary client for security reasons and really do I need an email account that receives over 100 spam emails per day and I hardly use it...

I'll generally agree iOS is cleaner out of the box than Android, but as somebody with both iOS and Android devices in the house, I would love to see somebody enumerate these 9 different logins that correspond to only one in iOS. Without such a list, it sounds instead like Phil is playing the "x number of Communists in Congress" game - which is really unworthy of Apple.

I'll agree there. On iOS, you need this icloud logon, that icloud logon for app store, email logon because who really uses icloud email?, facebook, twitter, netflix, etc.

There's a lot to brag about with an iphone, but I'm not sure this is where you start. Regardless, this is stuff Phil should have been hammering out long ago. Rather than say it, he needs to show it.

Ok just a question is he talking about android 2.3 or something? Anybody on android 4.1 or over have nothing to worry about when it comes to fragmentation. I still remember when I had the 4 gen iPod touch and I couldn't get infinity blade 2 because it was for iPhone 4S. Talk about fragmentation, many features of iOS 7 won't work on iPhone 4, 4s and maybe even iPhone 5. Siri on iPhone 4 anyone???

Listen.. I own an iPad AND a Android Phone.. Apple makes the better tablet.. But Android makes the better phone.. You can make the phone YOURS in appearance and functionality.. And to be stuck with a "One Size Fits All" Screen at 4 inches.. in 2013? NO WAY! Everyone may not like my 5.3" Galaxy Note but at least you have a CHOICE to go from 5.5" down to 3.5" if that is what you need.. And Apple should REALLY TAKE NOTE that what? over 4 MILLION people preformed a Jailbreak on their iOS devices in the First 48 Hours ! ( Including Me ) Let people do what they want to their device OUT OF THE BOX instead of having to wait for a Jailbreak exploit.. If I could find an Android Tablet as good as the iPad I would own it instead of the iPad.. But I would NEVER own an iPhone.

Asus Transformer Aio. Try it out. It is $1300 though, because of the dual boot of Windows 8 and Android OS. And its 18 inches.

Sorry your iPhone feelings got hurt..... wah.

Yeah.. Android makes phones.. The Android Samsung Galaxy S4 is the next iPhone ass kicker..:-) Don't Hate.

I'm actually hoping Samsung brings something amazing to the table in order to force Apple to hit the "innovation" button and produce something superior this year. Competition breeds better products (or, at least it's supposed to). I like Samsung's push for better features (though I find the idea of a smartphone that "watches" you a little creepy). Time (and market sales) will tell.

It's weird how Schiller stating, "more people move from Android to iPhone" has somewhat truth. Many of my friends are fed up with Android devices due to the "lack" of apps and laggy UI.

They should try jellybean. I had a Droid X2, and it was, in fact, pretty buggy. Since i got an S3, i have little complaint. But I'm sure you're pushing them to iphone... everyone should try all the OSs for themselves though. I, too, am fed up with certain companies not having an android version of an app, but most of them are there. There is little truth to people moving from android to iOS though. iOS used to have the most users, now android does. You do the math there...

Umm idk what this guy is talking about. I've used both platforms and currently own an S3 and a 4S before this. I had to login to my services on My S3 the exact same way I would on my previous 4S. On the S3 I would login to my Google account to setup sync and obviously my Apple account on my 4S for the same reason. Login to email, Facebook, Twitter, Pulse News, ect. on both devices the exact same way. This guy is saying it as if iOS magically knows your logins and that you'd have to do nothing yourself interms of loging into your services. Its either he's being a complete moron or he thinks iOS can read your mind or something. Only difference between both platforms is the user experience and having tried both platforms I do prefer Android over iOS mainly because of the ability to customize based on my preference. His comment towards Android deserves no credit and is nothing more than what a typical fanboy would say, not that I have a problem with them.

"Android is often given 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."

I have one account on my Android, a GMail one. That has storage/backup (iCloud), purchase power (AppleID), and EMail (iCloud EMail).

While Apple is good to note that their accounts do that from the start, Android does too.

Doesn't Microsoft have the patent on F.U.D.?

edit: Just realized, GameCenter isn't included. GoogleTalk can do video chat like FaceTime though, and is still one account.

Success: When the richest company in the world resorts to far reaching stories to try to make themselves look better.

Go Samsung!!

Andy Rubin is pushed aside as Android chief.
Days before the new Samsung iPhone clone is released.
Coincidence? I don't think so.

Oh, are you one of those people that apple was talking about in their lawsuit? It must be frustrating to think you were getting an iphone, and realize a month later you got a Samsung. Seriously, if you think any android phone looks like an iphone, you are blind. And I don't get the implications of your statement...

Wow, hard to believe how much hate and friction there is over something as simple in life as a smart phone. It's like a personal affront if I own a different phone than someone else. Why all the hate.

That said, let the big dogs bump heads and thump their chests. Heightened competition can only be good for the consumer...

In real life, I don't give a crap what phone people use. I'm not going to be "that guy" ragging on them for using an Android phone. (But I have heard some Android developers ragging on Apple and Xcode saying things like, "Xcode sucks. Yeah, my wife likes that sh*t." After they saw my "Macworld 2007" hat. Buncha bitter punks, if you ask me.)

Online, of course, I'll sh*t all over Android as an adspam delivery virus, its fragmentation problems, Gingerbread 2.3 (circa 2010) being the most widely used fragment of Android, Google's impossible China Problem (unstoppable hardware, OS, and app store fragmentation), and now Rubin being un-installed as Google's chief Android technologist.

Kind of sad that Apples only response to the S4 is an article with the WSJ (a rag that apple fan sites brand as a heretic yet Schiller is there, go figure).

I'm an iPhone 5, 64 gig, all in kind of guy and Phil should have said nothing. I'm a little embarrassed for him and Apple. So Go! Samsung Go! I will at least look at what your offering and I might just buy a Galaxy Note 3 when it comes out! Apple should speak with their hardware and software.

In my opinion, Android sucks. Android's UI isn't as friendly as Apple's. Apple excels in the simplicity that Steve Jobs set. Simple and intuitive. Apple makes revolutionary devices and Android just copies. We should go Thermo-Nuclear War with Android.

Simple. Like driving a Yugo. No extras like A/C or navigation. Just simplicity. Yeah, that's what today's generation wants. <cough, cough>

To me this is just free advertisement for the S4 by Apple. The best way to get consumers to look at something they may have just thought about in passing, is to have a big excitative say something bad about it. Now I will take a harder look at the product. I believe both companies need to clean up their own yards before putting down each other. This is getting to be a dead horse issue.

Samsung has obviously become Apple's biggest cloud in the market and by putting putting android down they get to confuse the mind of those considering switching to android or getting the new Galaxy S4 that way they can bring down the phone's selling potential. In other words Apple doesn't want the history of the Galaxy S 3 to repeat with the S4.

I'm with you, I look at the HTC One and see an iphone 6, 7 or maybe even an 8th generation phone knowing the way Apple loves to add features so slowly! It's clear that we have the tech to build a better iphone now! Thank you HTC and Samsung for forcing Apple to produce a more advanced and possibly a bigger phone sooner! But until then, I'm liking the HTC One hardware enough to suffer through Android OS. If only Apple were introducing the HTC One with IOS, the world would go crazy for the phone!

Maybe Samsung will also announce that they will be switching to Tizen with the S4 ;)

You know, all he really needed to say was "Just wait..." and the blogs would have a field day (and week, and month, and year) trying to dissect those two simple words.

"Just wait..." Your so right! That would have been perfect! Instead Phil makes Apple look concerned, which will only benefit Samsung's press event today! Way to go Phil:(

I tried to help a friend having trouble with their android device over the weekend, that operating system is a bit of a mess. iOs is so much more streamlined. He's right about the integration.

Agreed. I am back on ios devices from android. In ios, it is so much easier to sync, backup n restore. I can easily backup everything on my iphone 4s and restore it on iphone 5. Try do that in samsung galaxy s3 transition to s4.

Best post it in this entire thread. Thank you! When it comes down to it Usability sells. From 3 years old all the way to 83 years old, apple iOS devices are easier to use hands down.

Not sure what device you came from, but when i got my Evo LTE all I had to do was turn it on and sign up to have all of my apps, pictures and music available on my phone. Sounds as easy if not easier than plugging an iPhone into a computer.

I am an iPhone owner and I believe that the experience on Android is limited to the type of device you are using. I have used Android handsets and understand that the experience is truly subjective to the users preference. I prefer my iPhone over an Android device. However I understand that iOS is starting to show its age and needs to be innovated.

Phil Schiller: "Android is fragmented, lacks integration, offers poor experience"
Typical Consumer: "I don't know what that means & don't care. My experience is good enough. Now leave me alone."

It does worry me a little the way Apple seem to get defensive on this stuff. No platform is without its issues, iOS certainly isn't perfect.
I love Apple stuff don't get me wrong but I'd like to see them putting their energy into making iOS better, which of course they are doing but bad mouthing opposition doesn't win them friends.

10 thing not to buy one IPHONE:

Iphone is a crap mate ... is not so complex as Android Phones, Iphone is just a kid toy.
1.People buy it because it is expensive to show of... like they have beautiful (but stupid) phones. 2.With Android almost everithing is free... buy Apple and also payed software. YEA! make the Apple guys reach.
3.When you have a phone conversation using Ipohne for more than 10 min it heats up like an iron.
4.the sofware didn't evolve in neigher way... it remained the same.A... they inserted multithreading (you can run multiple Apps in the same time)
5. YOU CAN'T PUT LIVE BACKGROUNS to your phone. Immagine that!!! 21th Century and doesn't have live backgrounds, yeak what a phone.... buy a cheep phone for talking onlhy, with a touch screen! not a smartphone!!!!
6. the software is not free this means that Apple can monitor you everywhere. It happend before when Apple saved your GPS position in a file(didn't need GPS, only triangulation).
7. The company didn't evolve to nothing... it just suing other market companies(like they've invented the button or something).
8. IT LOOKS LIKE A BRICK. It has sharp edges and the screen is small. Why do you buy a smartphone?
A: to run different apps on it so the screen should be bigger not small. The other producers got this but Apple didn't... and you know why? Because they're using a system that is deprecated and can't use other resolutions on the device. They are still keeping the 320x200 resolution and for higher resolution they are making somehow the conversion. A stupidity in my opininon.
9. You need to buy every model that comes up in order to be updated with the newer versions. I mean... you buy a phone and in 1 year ... you have to sell it because the next one appears with the new software feature... come on... it is realy stupid.
10. it is a crap phone !!!

Widgets are pretty useless. Android is an okay product that does suffer through all the problems Schiller mentioned. I may be one of the few that follows these blogs that doesn't want to fiddle with their phone all the time just to make it "unique" I want a phone that just works. I have never had an issue with the iphone.

you are not using widgets, but a lot of people find it very useful so... please do not generalize this just to mask the poor software on Iphone

It's interesting that many iOS users are saying that widgets are useless, but iOS already has some:
1. Email icon updates the number of unread messages.
2. Text icon updates similar info, without opening the app, you can see how many unread texts are waiting
3. The stock ticker in the notification bar, provides updates to stock prices without opening the app
4. The difference with Android, you can select from over 100000 widgets, with IOS, there very few
If iOS were to take away widgets 1-3 away, there would be mutiny and protest.
Apple users bash widgets, because they typically don't understand them.

The fact that they feel the need to talk down the opposition perhaps indicates that Apple is worried. I think a far better response would be to run an advert extolling all the virtues of IPhone. Snide comment lack class.

In short I am not against Android and of course pro IOS and a bit biased but have to somewhat agree with him and this well written and informative article. Thank you for sharing it.

IMO he has a point with software updates. That was one of the reasons I left android to come back over to iOS with the i5 (previously had 3GS)..,I know without a doubt that I will get timely updates through the life of my two year contract.
Overall I've just found iOS to be a much more pleasing experience. But that's my opinion, yours may differ.

The only reason why people will buy Samsung products or any product with android is because they are cheap and they don't care to pay for quality Apple products, which are, priced much higher. It's obvious, you get what you pay for. For instance, my sister wants an iPhone so bad. She kept talking about it. However, service plans (Verizon, AT&T) are not cheap, therefore she would rather deal (key word deal) with something less expensive (or cheap in some instances) like hmmm...Android anything. It's not that she loves the Android OS or Samsung phone or whatever device she has with Android on it, but if the iPhone were priced lower, she would totally go for the iOS experience since she has an iPod and iPad 2. So again, it's mostly price-point. I am so sure that if iOS devices were priced a bit lower, many more people would go for them. And unlike in Rene's post a while back, it's a geek favored thing when it mostly comes down to Android. And there are a lot of them out there. ;-)

Wow you sound so un educated and no i'm not here to bash apple ether witch I won an ipad. But You do realize that Android carries high end devices on every carrier including AT&T and Verizon. On contract the SG3 is $199 the Note 2 $299 Driod Dna $199 Nexus 4 $299 and $350 get my drift These are high end devices witch i'm sorry offers way more features than any iphone. Yes Android does offer less expensive devices but they have a much larger market share witch they sell and reach broader customer base and sell devices world wide witch there killing it and out beating apple over seas. Don't judge a andriod device if you never owned one. Does the HTC ONE looks cheap?? I don't think so

I've on an Android device and IOS. I can speak from experience, iOS is the ONLY way I'd go! Just because the box is new

I think the truth is that the OS really doesn't matter that much. Timely updates are great (which for me is the reason I stick with iOS) but the reality is smartphone users spend most of their time using apps, not the OS. I turn on my phone and go right to an app, spending about 5 seconds in the OS. And unless your most-used app is part of the OS package then both platforms are pretty much the same. And even then, there are plenty if third party apps to do pretty much what we would ever want.
Facebook, Netflix, Google, News apps, Angry Birds- they are all almost identical regardless of the phone you are using.

S4 shipping with Android 4.2.2. Thinking that competitors shouldn't speculate on competitors rumors.