Apple's Phil Schiller Takes Swipe At Samsung

The fight between Apple and Samsung seems to be heating up just in time for the new Galaxy phone.

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller took a swipe at rival Samsung on Wednesday, a day before Samsung is set to launch the latest version of its flagship smartphone. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Schiller said phones (like those sold by Samsung) that use Android operating software aren't as good as Apple phones.

"Android is often given a free replacement for a feature phone and the experience isn't as good as an iPhone," Schiller told the newspaper.

He added that Android phones aren't as good because they cobble together a variety of different products.

"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," he said. "They don't work seamlessly together."

While Apple claims that four times as many users switch from Android to iPhone than vice versa, the swipes may show a bit of concern from Apple as the new Samsung Galaxy is set to launch. As VentureBeat points out, this isn't the first time Schiller's taken an un-Apple-like swipe at its competitor. In response to a security report that 79% of smartphones infected with malware were Androids, Schiller tweeted out a link to the findings with the words "Be careful."

It's not a one-sided fight, though. Samsung has also spent a large portion of its ad budget painting iPhones and Apple as inferior phones for either nerds who wait in lines and get overexcited over small things, or in one commercial, the main character's older parents.

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  • sy69

    Well, the Galaxy 4S is using the very latest Android, and it never took "nine accounts" to use that OS.

    Has Cook talked with Schiller yet to try to reign him in?  The man's a mess, making Apple look bad. 

    Jobs would have spanked Schiller in front of the entire staff for making Apple look so out of touch.

  • Sam

    Has he used Android lately? I only needed to sign in with a Gmail account and all of my items were synced. I suppose if I had facebook and twitter and some other apps that required a sign in, I would have to log into them as well. I have multiple sign ins on my iPad. Furthermore, I personally think that they dont' fully understand the cloud concept. Why can my photos get linked to my computer, but ot movies that I film? Apple needs to stop throwing stones and take a look at themselves a little closer.