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Schiller says Android OS updates are too slow

Apple must really feel the competition heating up, because Phil Schiller just can't say enough about Android these days. In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Schiller -- Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing -- said that most Android users are running old software because updates are slow to roll out.

"With their own data, only 16 percent of Android users are on year-old version of the operating system," Schiller said. "Over 50 percent are still on software that is two years old. A really big difference."

It's important to note that each Android OS update needs to be tested for several different hardware makers to make sure it's right for each one.

Further, Schiller trash talked the new Samsung Galaxy S IV, saying that it will be shipped with a year-old operating system because Android has a fragmentation issue.

"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," Schiller said. "Customers will have to wait to get an update."

Android version install base as of March 4, 2013 [Image Source:]

Despite Schiller's comments, Android-powered smartphones currently hold greater worldwide market share than Apple's iPhone. Apple's iPhone only represented about 19 percent of worldwide smartphone shipments in 2012 while all Android-powered smartphones accounted for about 70 percent.

But Schiller has an answer for that, too.

"At Apple we know that it's not just enough to have products pumped out in large numbers," Schiller said. "You have to love and use them. There is a lot of data showing a big disparity there."

Schiller was bad-mouthing Android earlier this week in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, where he said that iPhone users are more satisfied with their smartphone experience than Android users and that Androids are the kinds of phones given as free replacements to feature phones. He added that Android phones make you "sign up for nine accounts" out of the box because it isn't as seamless of an experience as iOS -- where Apple is responsible for both hardware and software.

Apple's Phil Schiller posing with an iPad mini

It's interesting that Apple is starting to dig into Samsung and Android right around the release of the Samsung Galaxy S IV, which is due to make its first appearance today at the 7 p.m. ET launch event at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. The Samsung Galaxy S III made a big splash in the smartphone world, and the greater specs of the Galaxy S IV should mean increased popularity of the line.

The Samsung Galaxy S IV will feature a 5.0-inch 1080p display, a 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor (or a 2GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 5450 processor for the international version), 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB storage options, a removable SD card slot for up to 64GB, a 13MP rear-facing camera with Orb technology for compressed panorama shots, a 2MP front-facing camera with eye scrolling technology, 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, 3100 mAh battery and of course the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. 

Apple has hard a hard time keeping up the momentum of its products, and it shows in the company's shares. Apple shares have fallen from $702.10 in September to $428.35 as of this week.

Sources: Reuters,

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By TakinYourPoints on 3/16/2013 4:52:38 AM , Rating: 2
Like, if we're going point by point then let's look at Android's disadvantages:

- Inferior quality and selection of applications and poor developer support
- Inferior UI
- Choppy/laggy UI performance even with the best hardware running the latest OS
- In the case of Samsung, terrible displays in a flimsy package
- Poor long term support from hardware companies and carriers to encourage more frequent turnover
- Poor security
- Malware

Other things like "giant iBezel" is also a lie. After you made comment of that I compared an iPhone 5's bezel against a GS3 and it is about half the thickness from the edge of the screen to the edge of the device.

All the other things you mention (removable batteries, MicroSD card) are the side effects of having a big chassis. Not everyone wants a big phone, but not everyone wears a belt holster, wears fat-man pants, or carries a purse. Things like HDMI (in a PHONE) are going away in even the highest end Android devices. You don't need your mobile device with amazing wireless technology tethered by an HDMI cable when technologies like AirPlay and Miraplay are getting so popular. Other things like Photo Sphere and even bumping to exchange info or pictures have been available in iOS apps since 2009.

iOS from four years ago says hello, how are you doing?

If you don't care about a polished device with better hardware, better applications, support that extends past a year, and better battery life, then cool, great, fine, but your preferences aren't objective advantages for everyone.

The things you mentioned either don't exist as tradeoffs (photo sphere, bumping) or aren't worth the trade for things that really matter. Losing or downgrading useful specialized and exclusive apps, downgrading the display (at least with Samsung), cutting battery life in half, and downgrading to a choppy laggy interface just so I can plug in an SD card (something other companies are also dropping), meh.

By TakinYourPoints on 3/16/2013 6:31:16 AM , Rating: 2
Forgot this one:

Better Mapping software

Nope, also on iOS! The best version of Google Maps is currently the one on iOS. Shame that Google's mobile team generally releases their apps on iOS first before updating the Android version, but of course Google makes more money and mines more valuable data from iOS users so its still clearly a higher priority. It'll catch up on Android though. ;)

Another funny thing, PC Magazine just did a comparison after six months and iOS Maps improved so much that it beat Google Maps in most everything except for public transportation. It makes sense since Apple fired the original team and has been fixing things ever since, TomTom has been lending more support, etc.

I haven't compared them myself. Both iOS and Google Maps work great for me and I really don't care, I like them both.

However, its good for comically massive fanboy bulletpoint lists created to hide basic fundamental shortcomings like inferior polish, performance, hardware quality (at least regarding Samsung's garbage, HTC's is good), and applications.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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