Google Bigwig Eric Schmidt Posts Bizarre Guide for ‘Converting to Android from iPhone’
Google's Executive Chairman wants you to switch from iPhone to Android, and he posted a strange guide to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
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By Al Sacco, Managing Editor, CIO
I’m not really sure what to say about this, except that I’m surprised I somehow missed it when it was first posted the week before last.
Google Executive Chairman and big shot Eric Schmidt apparently had some free time on his hands and decided to post a very basic guide to switching from the iPhone to Android on Google+—just in time for the holiday season!
Why the executive Googler would want to do so is unclear. The guide is honestly kind of bizarre, and it’s peppered with what are clearly biased observations including, “Like the people who moved from PCs to Macs and never switched back, you will switch from iPhone to Android and never switch back,” and “Be sure to use Chrome, not Safari; its [sic] safer and better in so many ways. And it’s free.” (Nevermind that Apple’s Safari browser isn’t available for Android, and Chrome is not even the default Android browser at this point…) Then there’s the fact that Schmidt is (or was) a longtime BlackBerry user. (I don’t know if he still.)
There is also a 🙂 icon thrown into his post for good measure.
If I were looking for a guide to help someone switch from iPhone to Android, I think I could do better than Schmidt’s post. But it’s worth a look, I guess, if for no other reason than Schmidt’s tone is mildly amusing, as if switching from iPhone to Android is a no-brainer and something to be proud of.
You can see Schmidt’s post here—or find better, more comprehensive guides by searching Google for “switching to iPhone from Android” or something similar.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.