If you have an hour to blow through today, check out the appearance that Eric Schmidt made this week at LeWeb 2011 in Paris. Within the first few minutes, you will see a full 8-minute walk-through of Ice Cream Sandwich by Google’s Hugo Barra. Included in his demo, is one of the first appearances of ICS on a tablet. The rest of the features he shows were seen in a variety of videos we have done over the last few weeks and at the Hong Kong unveiling event.
Schmidt also talks Android vs. Apple, Google+ vs. Facebook, and then fields questions from the crowd on hand. It’s a good watch just because it’s Eric – meaning, you never know what kind of random stuff he is going to spit out. Within the first 10 minutes, you may run out of fingers if you try to count the number of awkward pauses between Hugo, Schmidt and the show’s host.
At a recent conference, Eric Schmidt has declared that Android has now surpassed the iPhone. But, how? Schmidt goes on to explain that when measuring pure unit volume, OS, price, and availability that Android is a clear winner. What Android still lacks is a developer backing though. Many app vendors just don’t see the numbers yet and are sticking with just supplying iOS customers with their apps until the numbers are in Android’s favor. (more…)
A lot of things came out in Steve Jobs’ biography that was published after his passing last month. One of the things that was more prominent than others was that he really, really wanted Android to do poorly:
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Eric Schmidt, Google executive chairman, has claimed that even with this competition he and Jobs held a friendly relationship. And he recently pointed out that the Android project was started before the iPhone. Android Inc. was founded in 2003 and then acquired by Google in 2005 where work started under Andy Rubin. Granted, the first Android phone did not come out until after the original iPhone, so each side of this argument can say what they will. At this point it is just mincing words, but Schmidt – who has remained tight-lipped on most topics concerning Jobs since his death – felt enough that he needed to comment on the subject.
Should give Android addicts some added firepower when they meet up with their friendly Apple connections. Or does it even matter anymore? Are we beyond the Apple vs. Android stuff these days?
We already knew that Ice Cream Sandwich would be released some time in Q4 of this year after seeing it announced at Google I/O, but Eric Schmidt just helped narrow the time frame for us to salivate through. During a sit-down at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference, Schmidt was going through a brief history of Android and then let it slip that the current plan is for ICS (rumored to be Android 4.0) to debut in October/November:
We have a new operating system, internally known as Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason, which is being released in October/November, which everyone’s really excited about.
Fast forward to the 30:00 mark to catch his quick quote. (more…)
This is something like 99% non-Android related, but it’s not often that we get to mix celebrity and tech and just couldn’t help ourselves. Many of you have probably heard that Kim Kardashian is marrying Kris Humphries of the New Jersey Nets this weekend…maybe? Well, if you had not, just know that they will reportedly head to Google Executive Chair Eric Schmidt’s lovely Montecito estate to tie the knot. The former CEO won’t be one of the 500+ guests, so we’re doubting there will be any green robots running around or pictures of him with a Blackberry to be had (yes, that seems to be happening quite frequently).
Interesting note on how rich this man is – he purchased the home in 2007 from Ellen DeGeneres for $20 million. Back in January, his stock in Google was valued at over $300 million.
Check out the full spread of his digs after the break. (more…)
I’m sure that many of you have been following along with Apple’s insistant pursuit of innovation destruction through a series of patent lawsuits against companies like HTC and Samsung. Since they have clearly started falling behind the world that is Android in the innovation department (just look at iOS5), they have decided that they will take everyone to court. While they may have billions of dollars in the bank to do such a thing, Android and the phone manufacturers that use it now have Google on their side to help out.
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt told press in Tokyo today that they plan to aide HTC, so that they don’t “lose.”
“We have seen an explosion of Android devices entering the market and, because of our successes, competitors are responding with lawsuits as they cannot respond through innovations,” he said. “I’m not too worried about this.”
You’ve got to feel a little better about this situation now that Google has stepped up to the plate to help out its partners, right? There is no telling how long it could take for all of this to shake out, but from everything I’ve read over the last few days, there are a lot of torn opinions on the HTC-Apple situation. Most of the Apple analysts are assuring everyone that HTC is finished and that their products will be blocked from being imported, but there are plenty that would firmly disagree with that take.
Personally, I’d be embarrassed if I was an Apple employee. I fully understand that companies aren’t in the “but we need lots of good competitors!” business and are instead in the “we’d be better off without you so that we can rake in the cash” business. But taking every single one of them to court because it seems like you can no longer keep up is just pathetic. /fanboy.
During his keynote speech today at MWC, Eric Schmidt helped clarify what the future version of Android will end up being. There has been a lot of talk on whether or not Honeycomb would be available to phones or if the version to follow Gingerbread would simply pull certain parts out of its tablet brother. According to Schmidt, they will essentially be “combined”…
“We have OS called Gingerbread for phones, we have an OS being previewed now for tablets called Honeycomb. You can imagine the follow up will start with an I, be named after dessert, and will combine these two.”
We heard rumors back in January that this version of Android would be called “Ice Cream Sandwich“, but only the “i” part was confirmed today.
So what should we expect? The polish and feel of Honeycomb but on a smaller scale? Will this just mean that phones and tablets can use apps without error? Hopefully we find out at Google I/O in May. Oh, and did I mention we’ll be there covering the whole thing?
This is completely non-Android related, but stories like these are something to marvel at. As many of you know by now, Eric Schmidt stepped aside as Google CEO to take on a new roll with the company as Executive Chairman and to let co-founder Larry Page give head honcho status a shot. The man led the search engine giant through the last decade, making it one of the most recognizable names in the entire world in a variety of fields. He has done a hell of a job, which has now become even more obvious after hearing about his decision to sell off some of his stock.
This week, Schmidt filed for permission to sell about 5.9% of his Google stock which adds up to about 534,000 shares carrying a value of roughly $329 million. Talk about a chunk of change right? Except the mind-boggling part isn’t that number, but the fact that he still owns another 8.6 million shares which if you do the math on, makes him well, insanely wealthy. Actually, “insanely” doesn’t even do it justice.
Again, I know this isn’t Android-related, but when you see numbers like this that are so difficult to comprehend, it was tough to pass up on. And I apologize if that ruined your weekend. Anyone want to start up a search engine company?
Via: Bloomberg, TheDroidGuy