Apple Dumps on Samsung Prior to Galaxy S IV’s Launch
Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller took aim at Android's fragmented ecosystem, pointing out that Google's research shows most users rocking older versions of the little green robot. Not only that, but Samsung's new handset will debut with a year-old operating system, he said.
"With their own data, only 16 percent of Android users are on a year-old version of the operating system," Schiller told Reuters in an interview. "Over 50 percent are still on software that is two years old. A really big difference...that extends to the news we are hearing this week that the Samsung Galaxy S IV is being rumored to ship with an OS that is nearly a year old. Customers will have to wait to get an update."
Is iOS any better? According to Schiller, research from independent third parties indicate that iOS device owners use them more than Android devices, and over half of iOS users are toting the latest version of Apple's mobile platform.
"At Apple we know that it's not just enough to have products pumped out in large numbers. You have to love an use them. There is a lot of data showing a big disparity there," Schiller added.
Schiller may be grasping at straws. He has a point about Android being fragmented, but that's hardly news at this point, nor has it stopped Android from topping iOS in market share by a large margin. And given the popularity of Samsung's Galaxy S III (and the Galaxy line in general), there's a good chance the Galaxy S IV will be well received, year-old OS or not.