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.