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October 11, 2013

Google’s Eric Schmidt ‘surprised’ by tablet boom in enterprise (video)

Speaking for the second time in a week at the Gartner Symposium in Orlando, Schmidt expressed surprised at how tablets have stormed the enterprise and said that he expected most employees to bounce between their PC and mobile phone.

"I was actually surprised by this. I didn't call this”, he said in comments reported by Business Insider.

“Would the phone replace the PC? I figured employees would be using PCs and a phone. But it was the tablet revolution. It looks to us like the majority of enterprise computing is being done on mobile devices, in particular on tablets. That broke the old model.”

(See also: Why tablets are just [...]

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October 8, 2013

Google chairman Eric Schmidt thinks Android is ‘more secure than iPhone’

When speaking to analyst David Willis at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando on Tuesday, Schmidt followed up on previous claims of Android superiority on apps, developers and device sales by claiming that the OS is also better on security too.

The claim came about after Willis implied that most people in the audience swerved Android devices because of security fears.

 “Not secure? It’s more secure than the iPhone,” said Schmidt, in comments first reported by ZDNet. The Google chairman didn’t however give a detailed reason for this assumption, choosing instead to point to over one billion Android device activations and Google's own [...]

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May 10, 2013

This might be the biggest payoff from an iPad sales pitch ever

A group from the San Francisco Bay Area decided to package its bid to host the 50th Superbowl in 2016 in a white iPad, pre-loaded with the video pitch. 

“We're excited to show you what the Bay Area has to offer," San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says on the screen, according to a report in the Mercury News.

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt also makes an appearance on the video, committing to a broad partnership with Silicon Valley megacompanies like Apple and Yahoo to io create "the most innovative Super Bowl ever."

Schmidt alludes to undisclosed technology and teases in the video that local tech companies "are finally capable [...]

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April 16, 2013

Google chairman Eric Schmidt hints at Motorola phablet

Schmidt was speaking at the D: Dive into Mobile event in New York today, where he hinted that a Motorola phablet could be in the offing sooner rather than later.

“They have a new set of products, which are phenomenal,” Schmidt told AllThingsD writers Ina Fried and Liz Gannes. “Very, very impressive.”

Prompted further on what these devices could be, Schmidt wasn’t giving much away, although his answer would perhaps suggest Motorola is working on a phablet to challenge Samsung’s Galaxy Note.

“Think of it as phones-plus,” replied the Google chairman.

Prior to Google’s $12.5 billion takeover in May last [...]

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February 18, 2013

Microsoft could be losing $2.5 billion by not releasing Office for iPad

In a research note to investors, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt spelled out just how big Office could be on iPad by saying that Microsoft can expect to generate $2.5 billion in lost revenues if it released the iOS app.

To offer some context to that figure, that amount is close to half what the Office suite pulls in today and – if recent reports are to be believed – would be enough for Microsoft to buy social networking site Pinterest or Eric Schmidt's stake in Google.

All of this would however be reliant on Microsoft getting the price right, but Holt believes that $60 would be attractive enough for almost a third of all [...]

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December 13, 2012

Google’s Eric Schmidt says Android winning big over Apple in mobile

Schmidt told Bloomberg that booming demand for Android-based smartphones is helping Google grab a greater share of the market at its competitor's expense.

Recent figures from Gartner, showing Android gained 72% of the market in the third quarter, back that claim. Gartner said Apple’s share had dropped to 14%. Schmidt said that worldwide, over 1.3 million Android devices are activated daily.

“This is a huge platform change; this is of the scale of 20 years ago — Microsoft versus Apple,” Schmidt told Bloomberg. “We’re winning that war pretty clearly now.”

However, the interview didn’t touch on tablet sales, where [...]

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December 6, 2012

Google chairman Eric Schmidt talks Apple, Android fragmentation and more

Although the variety and quantity of different Android-based devices continues to grow rapidly, fragmentation has been an issue for app developers who can’t be sure their apps will work across all the devices.

Google’s own stats show that less than 7% of all Android devices run the most recent “Jelly Bean” version of Android (v4.1 and 4.2 combined) while another 27.5% run the Ice Cream Sandwich version released late last year (v4.03 and 4.04 combined)

The relatively ancient Gingerbread version of Android is still present on the majority (50.8%) of Android devices.

Schmidt told the WSJ (subscription required) that compatibility [...]

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October 31, 2012

Google closes on Apple with 700,000 Android apps, continues drive for better tablet apps

At the last time of counting, Google said that there were some 675,000 Android apps on Google Play, but that figure seems to have risen again in recent times with Bloomberg now reporting the number to be ‘about’ 700,000.

This puts Google (and Android) much closer to Apple, which reported last month that it has 750,000 iOS apps on iTunes (including 250,000 iPad specific apps).

And while many will be surprised by this news, Google chairman Eric Schmidt certainly won’t have been, having predicted back at LeWeb 2011 that Android apps will eventually overtake iOS in sheer quantity.

Meanwhile, just as this news went live, Google maintained its push [...]

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October 10, 2012

Q&A: The author of ‘Shipping Greatness’ talks about how to build and launch great apps

These are some of the key questions author Chris Vander Mey (a veteran of both Google & Amazon who’s now running his own startup) addresses in his new book Shipping Greatness. He discussed these topics and more with TabTimes. 

What gave you the idea for the book? The short answer is that when I got started in the tech industry, there were a whole bunch of things I didn’t know I had to learn. Some things I adjusted for and found processes that worked for me. I also inherited a lot of lessons from others that I wanted to share in this book.

There are a lot of people and startups trying to hit it big in Apple’s App Store and Google Play. Part of [...]

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September 1, 2012

This Week in Tablets: PC makers hedge their bets on touch with new Windows 8 tablets

Over the next three months, we're going to hear a lot of hot air spouting from technology guys about specs and speeds and feeds and form-factors for the upcoming crop of tablets–Windows, Google, iOS included. 

Increasingly, however, the fourth quarter of 2012 and the success of companies like Toshiba, Lenovo, HP, ASUS, and Dell appears to be boiling down to one important question: Do consumers and/or businesses really truly want a keyboard with their tablet? Is this second wave of tablet purchasing regressive in its desires and attempts?  

If so, the newest batch fo Windows 8 and Android tablets will succeed, perhaps even at the [...]

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