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Google’s Schmidt claims Android ‘ahead’ of iPhone

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, December 8, 2011
News Categories: iPhone

Speaking at the LeWeb conference in Paris, Google Executive Chairman and former Apple board member Eric Schmidt touted his company’s Android operating system as being “ahead” of the iPhone and iOS. Cnet reports that Schimdt’s claim that “Android is ahead of the iPhone now” was met with silence from a crowd filled with iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Schmidt responded by explaining, “Ultimately, application vendors are driven by volume, and volume is favored by the open approach Google is taking. There are so many manufacturers working so hard to distribute Android phones globally that whether you like ICS or not—and again I like it a great deal—you will want to develop for that platform, and perhaps even first”. In addition, Schmidt responded to a complaint from an Android user frustrated that many apps launch on iOS first by predicting that “six months from now you’ll say the opposite”.

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1

Android may be ahead in raw device numbers, but indie devs know where their money is, and that, for now, is iOS by a wide margin.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on December 8, 2011 at 9:17 AM (PDT)

2

Yeah! And the Ford Focus is “Ahead” of any BMW, Audi or Mercedes cars, just because Ford sells more focuses than BMW, Audi or Mercedes and they are cheper too!!!

Posted by Hal 9000 on December 8, 2011 at 12:01 PM (PDT)

3

I think that Android is nice but iOS runs smoother with less resources.  Many people from my work had android devices at first but then switched to iOS and all of them are amazed.  They claim that the iOS runs smoother and more seamless.  For me personally; I’m a Apple guy and love the few apple products I have.  However, I would like to see Apple to push a little bit more aggressive into the future.  Siri is very nice but the next iPhone and iPad need more than just a higher resolution camera.  Why not implement Siri for navigation purposes like “scroll down/up”, callup applications.  Things like that are useful

Posted by dennis on December 9, 2011 at 6:20 AM (PDT)

4

I know many people who got droids and said Android was the bomb, that lasted less then a week before problems and within a 6 month period got rid of Android and are now using iPhones!  Every one of them now tout how much better iOS and iPhone works!  That is what I’ve seen and heard is a trend in general.  iOS is so superior in all aspects and the iPhone & iPad will continue to be the Rolls Royce of computing!

Posted by KURT on December 11, 2011 at 11:15 AM (PDT)

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