On the eve of Samsung’s anticipated unveiling of its Galaxy S IV smartphone, Apple’s Phil Schiller is dismissing the iPhone rival and its operating system, Android.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Schiller slammed Google’s mobile operating system, claiming four times more people fled Android for iOS than dropped an Apple device for an Android gadget.
“Android is often given as a free replacement for a feature phone and the experience isn’t as good as an iPhone,” Schiller told the Journal. Schiller also cites fragmentation and complexity as other reasons why he thinks iOS devices are better.
The comments from Schiller arrive as Samsung — arguably Apple’s top rival in the smartphone market — gets ready to reveal its next smartphone in the type of event usually hosted by the Cupertino, Calif., company.
Samsung and Apple dominate the smartphone market, making up nearly 50% of market share in the U.S. last year, according to sales data from Gartner.
The stranglehold is even tighter when breaking down smartphone sales by operating system. Gartner sales data finds Android and iOS boast an incredible 85% market share.