Eric Schmidt claims everyone’s switching from iPhone to Android because it’s more intuitive or something

“Eric Schmidt decided to help all of his friends figure out what steps to take when switching from iOS devices to Android today with a post on Google+,” Mike Beasley reports for 9to5Mac.

“In the post, Schmidt says that many of his friends are converting to smartphones using the mobile operating system created by the company he runs,” Beasley reports. “He goes on to describe Android’s interface as being “more intuitive” than Apple’s and suggests gifting iPhone users with devices running an entirely different operating system for the holidays in the hopes that they will go along with your not-so-subtle hint and switch their entire mobile ecosystem to Google’s.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Seems rather desperate, doesn’t he? Perhaps it’s the lack of quality customers (or the lack of Moto phone sales) that are driving King Creepster to such lengths?

Once again, as we explained back in November 2012:

Google made a crucial mistake: They gave away Android to “partners” who pushed and continue to push the product into the hands of the exact opposite type of user that Google needs for Android to truly thrive. Hence, Android is a backwater of second-rate, or worse, app versions that are only downloaded when free or ad-supported – but the Android user is notoriously cheap, so the ads don’t sell for much because they don’t work very well. You’d have guessed that Google would have understood this, but you’d have guessed wrong. Google built a platform that depends heavily on advertising support, but sold it to the very type of customer who’s the least likely to patronize ads.

iOS users are the ones who buy apps, so developers focus on iOS users. iOS users buy products, so accessory makers focus on iOS users. iOS users have money and the proven will to spend it, so vehicle makers focus on iOS users. Etcetera.

Android can have the Hee Haw demographic. Apple doesn’t want it or need it; it’s far more trouble than it’s worth.

Not all consumers are created equal. There are valuable customers, and then there is everybody else. Sticker prices are remarkably adroit at separating the wheat from the chaff. Apple collects the valuable consumers and leaves the leftover chaff for their “rivals.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Dan K.,” and “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

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46 Comments

  1. I guess you can’t blame him for being a little optimistic about the Android platform. It would actually be heresy for him to say anything other than what he saying. (e.g. BlackBerry, Nokia, LG, and the rest heading downhill.) Goodbye Eric.

  2. Well, if you were the head of Google, what else could you say?

    As much as I don’t agree with Eric and I think Android phone is a piece of sh#t, he is doing a darn good spin job in order to promote Google’s products.

    1. And, anyone who has ever used any kind of Android phone will tell that it is NOT intuitive at all! Only the old Blackberry OS was worse – and it’s really hard to get any worse than that.

      1. Correction: his company’s near-NSA level of knowledge about people and their activities make a lot of them agree to be his “friend” lest he make public their -uh – personality traits.

  3. The guy is a backstabbing under handing sneaky Sleeze of a slug. All the while he was at Apple Board he plotted and used SJ openness to people he trust to get all the ice little secrets about iPhone-iOS. The peoPle that believe in this moron are wither ignorant or agree with this slug.

  4. Some friend he would be … here have a new cell phone … oh by the way I’m not going to pay for you to break your current contract or pay any other switching fees.

    If I’m going to have to turn around and sell his gift on eBay, he might as well just give me cash.

  5. Eric Schmidt is free to say whatever he wants but he should also realise that the audience he needs to address is not listening. We know who you are Eric and more importantly, ‘what and who you represent’.

  6. Where are all these Android users? Easily 80% of those I see using smartphones are using iPhones.
    Still, as has been pointed out, 80% of phones sold are Android, and the greatest majority of those are cheap dumbphones or featurephones, then maybe he’s talking about giving a relative with a ten year old Nokia 2600 or 3210 a modern equivalent with Android, which might well be doing them a favour… 😉

  7. Yeah, I’ll do that 15 step process to “upgrade” to Android. Eric get a clue, nobody wants to go through 15 steps to change phones or even think about how to do it.

    Here is Apple’s way to change from a 4s to 5s:
    1) power up the new device.
    2) answer a few questions about who you are, your email accounts, and your phone number. Let AT&T switch your number from old to new.
    3) give the new 5s your Apple ID and password.
    4) stick the phone in your pocket and while you are walking to your car, all your apps, contacts, photos and mail is sync’d though iCloud. (Thanks AT&T LTE! 20mb per sec)
    5) get to your car and call a friend and tell her how cool the new 5s is.
    That’s 5 steps and the first one is power on and the last one is call someone!

    Mumbo Jumbo from the CEO of Google. Drop dead, I’m sick of screwing with stuff to “make it work.”

    PS: I love this:
    “Make sure the software on the Android phone is updated to the latest version (i.e. 4.3 or 4.4)”
    So which is the latest OS? 4.3 or 4.4? Why isn’t the “latest” on the brand new phone? What if the latest ISN’T on the phone, why?, is your new phone “compatible”? How do you check that? Will the “new” OS “brick” my “new” phone? see what I mean? Screw you, I’m sick of dealing with cr*p like this.

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