Phil Schiller, Apple ‘s senior vice president of marketing, brandished Android as a fragmented mess on Wednesday. His comments come a day ahead of Samsung’s big Galaxy S IV announcement. Schiller further elaborated by saying most competing Android handsets are nothing more than free feature phone replacements, many of which run old software.
Android has enjoyed unstoppable growth over the past several months, culminating in 750 million Android activated devices. That is of no consequence to Schiller, however, who still believes the Android experience lacks the polish of iOS.
“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,” Schiller said in the interview. “They don’t work seamlessly together.”
Schiller expounded on his comments by claiming users jumped from Android to the iPhone four to one over the holiday period, according to Apple’s own research. With devices like the HTC One coming soon, and the Galaxy S IV officially being unveiled on March 14, it seems quite obvious Android is more than just free feature phone fodder.