by Joe White
November 25, 2013
Google chairman Eric Schmidt has reached out to confused smartphone owners in a recent Google+ post, offering a "guide" on switching from Apple's iPhone to an Android-powered handset. Claiming "many of my iPhone friends are switching to Android," Schmidt cites the Samsung Galaxy S4, Motorola's Droid Ultra, and the Nexus 5 as reasons behind the supposed exodus from iOS. Schmidt writes of the three handsets, in particular, that they "have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface. They are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!," he adds. Then, what follows is a literal guide on switching over from an iPhone to an Android-powered handset. Schmidt talks Google accounts, switching SIMs, downloading apps, and importing music files. On a final note, he writes in the post:
Be sure to use Chrome, not Safari; its safer and better in so many ways. And it’s free.Of course, the latest data from IDC indicates that Google's Android is indeed in the lead when it comes to smartphone market share - a point Schmidt indeed makes in his Google+ post. However, the recent report was careful to add that in terms of revenue, Apple's iPhone holds the No. 1 position by a long, long way. As we explained in our original report:
Android users will no doubt rejoice over the headline of the IDC report. However, once you take into account the story behind the numbers, the news looks much less like a celebration. The holiday quarter, meanwhile, is looming which should see a significant rise in Apple’s market share, at the expense of Android. So, who won the quarter, again?We'll keep you updated with further information as we receive it. In the meantime, see: Split Pic 3 Introduces iOS 7 Redesign Plus Lots Of New Features For Collage-Making, Have A Vegan Thanksgiving And Christmas With Filibaba's Veggie Weekend, and Apple Confirms Acquisition Of PrimeSense, The Company Behind Microsoft's Kinect Tech.