Apple CEO Tim Cook Trash Talks Android

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave critical words about Android in an interview with BusinessWeek. Despite Android now being more popular than iOS, Cooks says he's not just looking at the raw numbers: "when you look at things like customer satisfaction and usage, you see the gap between Android and iOS being huge."

If one were to look at numbers, however, NetMarketShare attributes nearly 55 percent of all mobile traffic to iOS, while Android only made up 28 percent. Tim Cook looks at that stat to suggest that even though there are more Android devices sold, people are using their iPhones and iPads more often.

"Does a unit of market share matter if it’s not being used?" Cook questioned. "For us, it matters that people use our products. We really want to enrich people’s lives, and you can’t enrich somebody’s life if the product is in the drawer."

Cook is also points out that problem with Android fragmentation, saying that a consumer can walk into a phone store to find many different versions of the OS, some of which are outdated. "And so by the time they exit, they’re using an operating system that’s three or four years old. That would be like me right now having in my pocket iOS 3. I can’t imagine it."

Of course, it's part of Tim Cook's job to beat his chest to his competitors, but Android is still growing rapidly. Nokia was once the undisputed leader in smartphones, and it too was eventually unseated. All it would take to extend Android's lead even further is for a Chinese phone maker like Xiaomi to have a modest hit in its home country.

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  • fyend
    When your own product has nothing to write home about bash the competition I guess.
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  • JD88
    As per usual, when someone or a company doesn't have anything positive to report about itself or its own products, it resorts to trying to tear down someone else. Same with Microsoft lately.

    When was the last time you heard Larry Page say something negative about the products of a competitor?
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  • merikafyeah
    For the end user, fragmentation actually doesn't come up as a problem very often. Most apps are quickly updated for all but the most ancient Android versions. What is a problem though is being able to update the OS yourself when a new version comes out. Most carriers/phones don't allow that. Still, likening running a slightly older version of Android to running iOS 3 is a bit of an exaggeration. Even older Android versions are still very functional for nearly all smartphone needs.
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  • legacyBIOS
    I see this more as a statement than trash talking. Then again, some people are uber fanboys and get offended so easily.
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  • merikafyeah
    For the end user, fragmentation actually doesn't come up as a problem very often. Most apps are quickly updated for all but the most ancient Android versions. What is a problem though is being able to update the OS yourself when a new version comes out. Most carriers/phones don't allow that. Still, likening running a slightly older version of Android to running iOS 3 is a bit of an exaggeration. Even older Android versions are still very functional for nearly all smartphone needs.
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  • fyend
    When your own product has nothing to write home about bash the competition I guess.
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