Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Mar 2013 22:17 UTC
Apple Apple's Phil Shiller has been trash-talking Android in the press these past few days - just as Samsung is about to launch its Galaxy S4. "Public, preemptive slamming of a competitor is far outside Apple's PR wheelhouse; it's a dramatic shift for a company used to making news rather than reacting to it. But why is it happening?" The Verge hits the nail on the head: "Cupertino's behavior this week is yet another symptom of Samsung's stratospheric rise in the smartphone market globally, a rise that challenges Apple and has outright stifled Android competitors like HTC and Sony."
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chithanh
Member since:
2006-06-18

The spreading of the false rumor that the Galaxy S 4 would ship with an old version of Android is a serious foul. Can the folks at Apple really be that desperate?

The only explanation I can think of is that the next iPhone which Apple has in the pipeline is underwhelming compared to the S 4.

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steve_s Member since:
2006-01-16

To be fair to Schiller, the rumours had been that the S4 would come with Android 4.1 - that didn't originate at Apple. I do agree though that it was scummy of Schiller to be parroting that.

Unfortunately IMHO there was every reason to think that rumour credible. Android 4.2 is 4 months old now but still has not yet been made officially available on any Samsung phone. Indeed right now the only phone one can buy that runs Android 4.2 is the Nexus 4. (That's obviously excluding unofficial ROM builds like CyanogenMod.) It's a lamentable state of affairs.

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chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

I don't think it matters whether the rumors originally came from Apple or not. Their company representative repeated them and continued to talk in the indicative as if they were true.

Unfortunately IMHO there was every reason to think that rumour credible.

There recently was an Interview with a HTC executive (in German) who explained why the One did not launch with Android 4.2. Anybody with insight in the mobile business would have been able to derive the earliest launch date of an Android 4.2 phone with that information.
http://heise.de/-1813395

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