Google Chairman Says Android is Already Beating iOS

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.

LeWeb 2011 Eric Schmidt

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  • Lmeow
    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
    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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  • dietcreamsoda
    More 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).
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  • ElMoIsEviL
    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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