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LeWeb 2011: Eric Schmidt talks the future of computing, thinks Android will beat iOS

by Doug Drinkwater

December 7 2011

Google's Eric Schmidt is adamant that Android will prevail over iOS
Google's Eric Schmidt is adamant that Android will prevail over iOS

Paris, France -- Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt says everyone could have a mobile phone in the future, and claims that Android is well on the way to beating Apple’s iOS.

Schmidt was the headline speaker at LeWeb conference in Paris, France today, and chose to cast an eye into the future of computing.

“I think it’s been clear for years, that you will have lots of IPS addresses attached to you. There will be one for your phone, one for your watch, and so on. Users will have lots of devices, highly personalized to them and all powered by the cloud.

“I think eventually we’ll see phones making a suggestion, predicting traffic jams and recommending friends.”

Schmidt went on to talk about how mobile is changing political revolution, and confidently claimed that Android will soon overtake Apple’s iOS as the leading operating system in the phone market.

He also commented that the Silicon Valley needs competition from other cities; hence Google’s recent involvement with technology centers in the UK and France.

The Google chairman said that phones are bringing a new form of political pressure, what with the uprising in Egypt and Syria attributed to mobiles. However, Schmidt warned that it is “much easier to start a revolution than to finish it”, and said that the rise of mobile does not instantly replace the leader, or pave a straight-forward way for democracy.

Schmidt was more boisterous on Android and claimed that the platform is now ahead of iPhone on unit volume, the number of vendors and low prices.

He conceded that developers still primary focus on iOS, and said that it has “taken a while for us to get the software to promise.”

Despite this, Schmidt expects developers to migrate towards Android over the next six months, as he says that developers will ultimately be driven by number of vendors and open-source nature.

Schmidt expects the deal for Motorola Mobility to be completed in early 2012, and stressed that the deal will not obstruct the firm from continuing to offer Android as a free, open source platform.

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