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Google Chairman Says Android is Already Beating iOS

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Not only does Google chairman Eric Schmidt claim that Android is ahead of iOS, he predicts that Google TV will be in the majority of TVs by Summer 2012.

During the LeWeb 2011 expo in Paris, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said that Android is already ahead of iOS despite the fact that Apple's iPhone has been on the market since 2007. In terms of unit volumes, he's right: Apple's iOS only resides on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad mobile products and Apple TV. Google's Android is free for handset and tablet manufacturers to use, so the current Android market saturation is definitely understandable.

"In terms of unit volume, new ICS features, prices are lower, with more vendors, more price points - do I need to continue the list?" he said in an interview during the expo. "Apple has done an excellent job with iOS in terms of usability - but in 6 months thanks to ICS you will say the opposite, because apps vendors are driven by volume. The volume is favoured by the open approach Google is taking."

In addition to defending Android, he also brushed off talk that Google+ is a direct rival to Facebook. Instead, he claims that Google's social network is taking a different approach, especially when it comes to privacy controls.

"Facebook has really moved the ball forward and it's useful for any company to have competition," he said. "We saw an opportunity for something that has more privacy controls than Facebook does. It's not just a question of competing with Facebook, it's that information allows Google to be better and that's our objective."

"If you look at technology where one company comes to define one area, you're usually better off doing something different that them," he added. "If you try and compete directly...you usually don't win. You're better off trying to define something new and offer a differentiator and that's what we're trying to do with Google+, with many more products to come."

At about 39 minutes into the 56-minute interview, Schmidt predicts that, by the summer of 2012, the majority of the televisions on the market will have Google TV embedded within. "A similar strategy to what we did with Android," he said. "The price is free from Google, so you are only paying for the television."

To catch the full interview with the Google chairman, just sit back and watch the video added below.

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    Lmeow , December 9, 2011 1:17 AM
    dietcreamsodaCall me a sheep ALL you want.


    You're not a sheep if you buy the iPhone for the right reasons.

    dietcreamsodabut iPhone owners tend to be more educated and affluent.


    You also forgot to mention that they're more likely to be 'creative' and more likely to be baristas.

    You see, the reason why many iPhone users are called sheep is not because they are the majority, but because, like sheep, they buy Apple products mindlessly without ever considering the other many valid choices available. The Galaxy S II is a good 4S competitor, yet people choose the 4S simply because it is an Apple product, and partially because of the prestige that comes along with it. By prestige, they think that simply because it is Apple, it is the best.

    I have an old 3GS and compared to my father's Galaxy S II, I also find iOS a bit easier to use, yet, Android, despite what you may consider to be a quite cheap operating system, it's more than functional for the majority of users.
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    reprotected , December 9, 2011 12:28 AM
    Android > iOS (Android OS is honestly better, it has widgets, tethering, more expandability, etc.)

    iTunes > whatever media player works with Android (no media player is truly made for all phones with Android, trouble with Apple's AAC (though this is Apple's attempt at preventing users from switching to other music devices or phones), iTunes however makes it easier for people with iOS to manage, safe restoring, constant updates (Kies does not keep my Galaxy S II up to date), but it's designed exclusively for iOS)

    Android's community < iOS community (you basically get more apps and games in the app store of iOS, and the jailbreak community is what makes iOS competitive against Android, Android app developers are not bad, but they are lacking in the gaming industry in the mobile devices which is a factor)

    Android fanboys > iPhone fanboys (iPhone or rather Apple fanboys is ignorant of competing products)

    I'm not an Apple fanboy, in fact, I own a Samsung Galaxy S II and an iPod Touch, and these are how I see the competition between iOS and Android.
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    ElMoIsEviL , December 9, 2011 1:13 AM
    dietcreamsodaMore and more articles keep citing numbers about how there are more Android units out there than iOS units. Interestingly, there has not been a corresponding presence of user comments calling Android users "sheep". When Apple dominates the market, anyone that owns their phone is a "sheep". Now that Android has taken the lead, I'm anxious to see these same people call themselves and others sheep for owning an Android handset.This article talks about Android being a volume thing. I couldn't agree more. When I had an Android phone, the OS felt cheap, unfinished, boring, amateurish, rushed, etc. It was functional, but quite a yawner to use. To this day, I don't see what the Android hype is about. Android updates and devices are cranked out at such a break-neck speed that the latest and greatest is irrelevant (if not obsolete) within months.Then I got an iPhone 4S. Call me a sheep ALL you want. I don't care. The device and the OS are both marvels that I actually enjoy using. It's no longer just a functional thing, it's quite enjoyable to use. A few minutes with the device made me feel like the Android phone I just dumped was a decade old (seriously). Now I DO see what the hype is about with the iPhone.As to the chairman's remark about developers being "driven by volume", that's nice, but iPhone owners tend to be more educated and affluent, and thus more likely to actually purchase apps instead of only downloading free ones. I'm not saying that nobody purchases Android apps, but Apple leads with paid app purchases. In part, because the iPhone is actually enjoyable to use.But anyway. I look forward to reading the "sheep" comments by those suffering a massive inferiority complex about their...cell phone...(of all things).


    Your post does not apply in reality. Apple fanboys are sheep because they will buy anything with an Apple logo on it and simultaneously remain ignorant of any competing product (thinking they have the best product because it is made by Apple).

    Android fans don't care about such things. Android fans was access to the entirety of the Android OS. They want to be free to customize and tweak at their hearts desire.

    The odd part is that it is the Android fans who are the "creative" ones and the Apple fans who support "Big Brother". Oh the irony.
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    Lmeow , December 9, 2011 1:17 AM
    dietcreamsodaCall me a sheep ALL you want.


    You're not a sheep if you buy the iPhone for the right reasons.

    dietcreamsodabut iPhone owners tend to be more educated and affluent.


    You also forgot to mention that they're more likely to be 'creative' and more likely to be baristas.

    You see, the reason why many iPhone users are called sheep is not because they are the majority, but because, like sheep, they buy Apple products mindlessly without ever considering the other many valid choices available. The Galaxy S II is a good 4S competitor, yet people choose the 4S simply because it is an Apple product, and partially because of the prestige that comes along with it. By prestige, they think that simply because it is Apple, it is the best.

    I have an old 3GS and compared to my father's Galaxy S II, I also find iOS a bit easier to use, yet, Android, despite what you may consider to be a quite cheap operating system, it's more than functional for the majority of users.
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    ElMoIsEviL , December 9, 2011 1:20 AM
    ElMoIsEviLYour post does not apply in reality. Apple fanboys are sheep because they will buy anything with an Apple logo on it and simultaneously remain ignorant of any competing product (thinking they have the best product because it is made by Apple).Android fans don't care about such things. Android fans was access to the entirety of the Android OS. They want to be free to customize and tweak at their hearts desire.The odd part is that it is the Android fans who are the "creative" ones and the Apple fans who support "Big Brother". Oh the irony.


    I'd like evidence for all the BS claims you've made. What makes you think Apple users are more Affluent and Educated? Please share your links because last I checked Apple users tend to be the idiots who don't even know how to troubleshoot even the most novice/easy of issues.

    I'm not sure what you mean by all these "updates" being cranked out. I've updated to two different distro's since I obtained my Galaxy S and my Galaxy S II is now running a highly optimized variant of the Ice Cream Sandwich distro. How is that "cranked out at such a break-neck speed"?

    If you mean that new phones are being released... yeah... many competitors running Android. This means more competition which results in better products that suit a larger variety of tasks and customer needs/wants.

    If you think the Android OS is "cheap, unfinished, boring, amateurish, rushed, etc. It was functional, but quite a yawner to use"... really... and you're using iOS? Yeah man nobody will believe you after that line. That's like saying (all these designer bright and flashy cloths are boring, dull and mundane instead I'll just wear a Gray Sports Jacket with gray pants, a gray shirt, gray shoes, gray shoe laces etc...).
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    xxsk8er101xx , December 9, 2011 1:34 AM
    I think google android users understand the Android vs iOS debate. It's kind of like a war of ideals.

    - Google believes in openness and transparency with freedom. The Democratic way.
    - Apple believes in a closed environment where they have complete control (opposite of freedom) the way of Soviet Russia. You don't control the phone the phone controls you.

    @dietcreamsoda You do realize that every single apple product is white. it's the most racist company on the planet. The most unoriginal of any company. None of apple's products have any kind of personality to it. It's just a white square. If you don't think apple isn't racist then why is their store completely white? They are clearly saying something.
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    Pyree , December 9, 2011 2:06 AM
    ElMoIsEviLWhat makes you think Apple users are more Affluent and Educated?

    Agree. My sister has a Ph.D and I am about to get my Master degree and we both use Samsung Android and my supervisors and colleagues (from post-grad to full professorship) use Window mobile, Android, Symbian more than iOS.
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    Pyree , December 9, 2011 2:15 AM
    dietcreamsodaiPhone owners tend to be more educated and affluen.


    dietcreamsodaI look forward to reading the "sheep" comments by those suffering a massive inferiority complex about their...cell phone...(of all things)

    Please stop. You are embarrassing yourself.
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    sceen311 , December 9, 2011 2:16 AM
    Android and iOS aren't in a competition so I don't see how Android can be beating Apple.

    One is an open ended OS meant for anyone to grab up and use on their own hardware; the other is software meant for a specific device.

    It's like someone sleeping around with a bunch of women and having like 100 kids saying he beat the married guy with 3 kids with the same woman.

    Sure the guy with 100 kids propagated more but the married man is way less likely to have syphilis or herpes or many other kinds of nasty diseases.
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    Pyree , December 9, 2011 2:17 AM
    Any discussion about Apple product with other products is futile as it will eventually tun into a war.
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    jryan388 , December 9, 2011 2:24 AM
    I thought google tv already peaked, no?
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    jryan388 , December 9, 2011 2:29 AM
    Bout the flame war... Maybe all of you like android because the hardware is better and you can mod and tinker and whatnot, but some less tech-savvy people either have used iPhones before and don't want to learn a new OS or simply don't know what android has to offer. They're not stupid. Personally, there are a couple apps that aren't available for android yet that made the decision for me.
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    Pyree , December 9, 2011 2:35 AM
    sceen311Android and iOS aren't in a competition so I don't see how Android can be beating Apple.One is an open ended OS meant for anyone to grab up and use on their own hardware; the other is software meant for a specific device.It's like someone sleeping around with a bunch of women and having like 100 kids saying he beat the married guy with 3 kids with the same woman.Sure the guy with 100 kids propagated more but the married man is way less likely to have syphilis or herpes or many other kinds of nasty diseases.

    Funny analogy and many people prefer sleeping with a bunch of women.
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    de5_Roy , December 9, 2011 2:58 AM
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    kdw75 , December 9, 2011 3:28 AM
    I am an iPhone user but I would be open to any other OS that worked better. I really dislike Googles views on privacy and the way they don't respect peoples privacy.

    I bought my father a Galaxy S 2 for his birthday and he had a Samsung Moment before that. I have the iPhone 4S. From what little I have used the two I really don't see much difference other than the fact that IOS seems a little more polished and intuitive. Seems like on Android you have to spend more time setting it up and making it efficient to use.

    I hear people rave about widgets but honestly I can't stand them. They are the first thing I get rid off whether it be on a computer or a phone.

    I also think that his Samsung phones feel cheap and flimsy compared to the iPhone.

    A phone is a tool and I don't want something fast and efficient. For me the iPhone currently fits the bill. If that changed then I would be the first to switch platforms.

    A must for me is a system like iMessage that is encrypted integrated on the phone. I don't want some third party crap.

    Going back to my original concern though is Googles past statements about privacy. They simply scare me sometimes.
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    kdw75 , December 9, 2011 3:31 AM
    jryan388Bout the flame war... Maybe all of you like android because the hardware is better and you can mod and tinker and whatnot, but some less tech-savvy people either have used iPhones before and don't want to learn a new OS or simply don't know what android has to offer. They're not stupid. Personally, there are a couple apps that aren't available for android yet that made the decision for me.



    It is pretty damned sad if your going to waste your time tinkering with a phone. It is a tool to get stuff done for 95% of the people. If you want to tinker then why not do it on a computer where it's actually kind of fun.
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    Anonymous , December 9, 2011 3:36 AM
    The "In Soviet Russia" joke?

    In Android, you break the phone.
    In iOS, the phone breaks you.

    Nay that doesn't sound right.

    You do have to have a very good reason to get iPhone, plus Apple itself is so stereotypical they don't care to release any budget-priced phone, normal iPhone price is no where sub-$100 full non-subsidized Android phone price. And that "educated" comment is deadly wrong 100%. iOS is of same design philosophy of Mac OS, mainly "users are ___ (your own colourful words) dumb" this I in fact witnessed myself.
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    Pyree , December 9, 2011 3:41 AM
    kdw75It is pretty damned sad if your going to waste your time tinkering with a phone. It is a tool to get stuff done for 95% of the people. If you want to tinker then why not do it on a computer where it's actually kind of fun.

    Well, people, especially from the male gender like to tinker with technology/engineering stuff whether it is a cars, bikes, remote control vehicles, computers, phones, electronics, legos, etc. They are practitioner of their a hobby art and should be respected.
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    ojas , December 9, 2011 6:19 AM
    For the basic purpose of a phone, i found Symbian to be the best :p 
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    del35 , December 9, 2011 11:20 AM
    Quote:
    Interestingly, there has not been a corresponding presence of user comments calling Android users "sheep"


    Ummm, lets think why that is the case.

    1) Apple produce DRM infested locked down devices at an exorbitant price for their hardware content.
    2) The Apple fanbase usually comes across as being clueless as to why they chose to pay
    such a premium for what is often rather ordinary hardware, except for being housed in a shiny case with little user replaceability and limited connectivity.

    3) Apple users usually parade around thinking that they are cool for having been hoodwinked into a locked-down platform that limits greatly their expandability. Imagine a phone without an sd slot. Imagine laptops without user replaceable batteries or user replaceable ram. This is what Apple stands for.

    Need I go on?

    Android does not stand for that. It stand for an open platform. Were Apple an open platform genuinely interested in the user, not making Apple richer, I would also be using Apple. As Apple stands now it is an insult to a self-respecting user.

    Perhaps this is why technologically literate people look at Apple as some kind of joke for the mentally challenged.

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