In an interview to Reuters on Wednesday, Schiller said that Google’s own research showed that the vast majority of Android customers were using older versions of the software. He said that Samsung Galaxy S4 may also be unveiled with a year-old operating system that will need updating.
“With their own data, only 16 percent of Android users are on year-old version of the operating system,” he said.
“Over 50 percent are still on software that is two years old. A really big difference.”
“And that extends to the news we are hearing this week that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is being rumoured to ship with an OS that is nearly a year old,” he said. “Customers will have to wait to get an update.”
Schiller pointed to multiple research from third parties that showed that people who have iOS devices actually use them more than people who own Android devices, and more than half of iOS users are using the latest version of the software.
He also said that Apple’s internal research shows four times as many consumers are switching to iOS from Android than the other way.
There were no immediate comments from Google and Samsung.