Apple getting nervous, trash talks Android
March 15, 2013 Leave a comment
Apple is getting nervous.
On the eve of Samsung’s big announcement that the Galaxy S 4 was being introduced, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, trash talked the Android OS.
On Twitter, he posted a link to a 34 page PDF details the mobile threats that the company has discovered in the last quarter and is basically an indictment of Android – not Samsung.
Hmmmm. Just because there is a lot of malware running around on the Android spectrum doesn’t mean that everyone who has an Android device has an infected device.
He said that Android users are often running old operating systems [15.5% have the latest version] and that the fragmentation in the Android world was “plain and simple.” An estimated 61% of iOS devices are running iOS 6.
Schiller goes on to say, “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.” Nine accounts? Maybe he meant up to nine accounts but this is a marketing guy. Marketing people like to play with words.
Schiller cited a survey from research company ChangeWave that found that around 75% of iPhone users say they are “very satisfied” with their device compared with around 50% of Android users. Considering how they Apple users cherish their gadgets, 75% ain’t great. I remember a survey a couple of years ago and I’m sure it was 90% or more.
Schiller said the screen on the iPhone is “still the best display of any smartphone.” Of course he forgets to mention that newer Androids are surpassing the iPhone in resolution with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 leading a new wave of phones that can do 1080p. The rumoured iPhone 5S may not be able to do that still.
Finally, he says that “Given the iPhone 5 is so thin and light, the reason that people are making their devices bigger is to get up to the battery life the iPhone 5 offers.” Huh? First, the advertised 8 hours of talk time or Internet usage that apple advertised isn’t even close to the actual battery life. I don’t think I have ever seen a device that the advertised battery life is near the actual life. And [in some cases], wouldn’t a bigger phone suck up more battery life [with a presumably] bigger screen? I think there were some recent complaints about the iPhone 5 battery life.
Finally, as well on the eve of Samsung’s announcement in New York, Best Buy in Canada dropped the prices on all the iPhone models. I suspect they want to get as many victims to by the old iPhone 5 before the victims hear that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be out soon [probably early Q2 in the US and sometime in Q2 in Canada].