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Phil Schiller slams Android in WSJ interview hours before new handsets are to be introduced

In another unusual move for Apple marketing: Phil Schiller slammed Google's Android OS as a "fragmented" system in a Wall Street Journal interview. The interview came just 24 hours before Samsung is set to unveil their new smartphone. The new comments also come less than a week after Phil Schiller tweeted that Android users should "Be safe out there." That tweet was in response to a report from F-Secure, which highlighted a number of security and malware issues in the Android operating system.

Schiller told the Wall Street Journal that Android users are often running old operating systems and that the fragmentation among Android devices was "plain and simple." He also added that "Android is often given as a free replacement for a feature phone and the experience isn't as good as an iPhone." Additionally, he brought up Apple's strong ecosystem as a benefit to users over what Android offers, something the company started touting with the introduction of the iPod 12 years ago. "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. They don't work seamlessly together."

The Wall Street Journal characterized Schiller's comments as defensive. Samsung is widely expected to launch the Galaxy S 4 later today.