"Android is ahead of the iPhone now," says Google’s Eric Schmidt

In the battle for the smartphone king currently there are only two big players - Android and the iPhone with iOS, but it was hard for Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to announce one of the two a clear winner of the race.

Schmidt, however, who went on stage today at the LeWeb conference, did say that “Android is ahead of the iPhone now.”

Speaking in front of a techie audience reportedly mostly equipped with Apple gear, that statement was greeted mostly with silence. The Google chairman explained what was his basis for such a conclusion with the following words: “Unit volume, Ice Cream Sandwich, the price is lower, there are more vendors."

The platform however is still struggling to win the hearts of developers. Many apps are still iOS-only, while others get their Android versions updated later than the iOS ones and only a fraction of the apps are made exclusively for the platform. With Ice Cream Sandwich, Schmidt expects that this will change soon:

 "My prediction is that six months from now you'll say the opposite," he said.

Interestingly, Schmidt also shared how Google has looked at the platform in the past and what has changed now. Initially, it seems that the mobile platform was seen as one similar to computers, while only later the company realized how important the stress on mobile is.

"We started off thinking phones were computers. We forgot that they were about communication," Schmidt concluded.

Is Android really ahead of iOS? What do you think and why?

source: CNET

FEATURED VIDEO

90 Comments

1. seanjohnusa91

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Comments should be disabled from this post. With that said, and without further ado, let the wars begin!!

29. c1985

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

The real question is what six 'omens' are needed before Android app development takes the lead.

52. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Lol, Android will NEVER be ahead.

53. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

definitely not in features, sales, hardware, and soon to be.. apps.. oh wait.. thats exactly what they ARE ahead in. your so silly mizzy.

2. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I think Android COULD be "ahead" of iOS in the future... but at this point I believe they are different enough that they aren't even in the same race. For me, Android has been ahead of iOS since the D1... but everyone is different. I think of it like I think of cars. I would never drive an automatic. I have driven a stick shift since I was sixteen and will continue to do so until they stop making them (which I hope never happens). I like the control. When i'm on the highway and I want to pass someone, I don't want to press the gas pedal and wait for the car to realize I want to accelerate and downshift. I want to throw that bitch in third and gas it!

17. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

If your down shifting to third then I know you have a 4 banger lol. I'm the same haha. Stick all the way.

21. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Actually the 5cyl Jetta but close enough!

81. JC557

Posts: 1914; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Ahh, I use those to race rally from time to time (rented from a racing school) only because I haven't enough points to progress to another class. For many stages it's the only power I need. Back on topic, all the apps I need are already on Android Market. Many apps are repeats or just trivial that I don't find myself longing for them on the Android platform.

85. TheSeph

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I love seeing people argue over brands and equipment. "My Corvette Z-R1 is better than your Nissan GT-R!!!!". "My LG Blu-Ray player is sooo much better than your Samsung Blu-Ray player!!!". Laughable. What's funny is that most people who trash other platforms have never even owned or used the other platform for a single day.

54. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol. ive never owned an automatic in my life. even had a stick shift Xterra (that was bad-ass :) ) Funny, now that I'm looking at a sports car for a graduation present to myself next year, im thinking about getting an automatic. I think its a "getting old" thing.. lol. I'll probably get a stick though.. lol

56. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

When I bought my Jetta I test drove an R32 with paddle shifting. I made it a 1/4 mile down the street and turned around, no way!

62. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you didnt like paddle shifters? Ive been wanting to try them... all F1 and stuff.. lol

66. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I need a clutch. I felt like I was playing Forza. It was fun for 5 seconds but you just don't have the same control obviously.

3. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

i think they are far ahead in functionality, multitasking, good apps, everything, processors, OS everything absolutely everything

5. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Blind sheep is blind, did you really say better processors, and apps? I mean I can understand mostly everything else but really?

25. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

This comment could have been made by schmitt in 2010 and even back then it would have been true

32. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

yes i said better processors and apps mostly cause the processors would handle everything on ios so much better than the 800mhz dual core they use in iphone does. and yes the apps are better because they are rapidly approaching ios in amount and quality of apps can your POS iphone have at least 50 apps open? no because there is no multitasking and only 512mb of RAM my samsung galaxy s2 has more power than your s*!tty iphone could ever imagine. the iphone is nothing more than a glorified app launcher and that is all there is to it

35. 1701nino unregistered

What,hahahahaha your s**tty plastickey phone will never be better than my super qualitty iphone.Don't you know its not all in Mhz.Have you ever heard about the Mhz myth,and by the way check the stats iphone beats the scmalaxy s in almost every test. Punk;)

38. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

have you ever even used the galaxy s2? and will plastic shatter when it hits the ground like the iphone? no it wont because its bendable and much more shock absorbent. look up galaxys2 vs iphone4s drop test galaxy wins in the durability department. the iphone is smoother for one reason IT DOES NOT MULTITASK. it is an app launcher that is it asshole

82. JC557

Posts: 1914; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The international version of the GS2 (played with at an Engadget meet) was like butter and I would hope that the Verizon Nexus would be the same in that respect.

39. SleepingOz unregistered

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elKxgsrJFhw super quality iphone FTW!!!!

43. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

i have better things to do with my time then argue with idiots who are to stubborn to acknowledge that the iphone is being over run by the galaxy line slowly but surely

60. SleepingOz unregistered

It was sarcasm actually. Have you even seen the video?

61. kemjus

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

actually Android is over running iOS... to be factual. Currently iOS is in the lead although Androids growth is increasing exponentially (which iOS is not...) so in time Android will be number 1.

64. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

enjoy your iphone as new faults are being reported by the week and your so highly boasted glass screen breaks if you drop it from anywhere above ankle height! Make sure you have insurance to cover this and also cover you if you are in a 24 month contract as apple iphones from my mobile retail years of experience have thought me somehow have the knack of breaking,freezing or generally going faulty after the 12 month warranty has expired.

69. deadma44

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Yea, I've heard of the Mhz myth but not the Ghz myth, which is what were talking about with the current incarnations of Android. As far as quality goes, I doubt your iPhone could take some of the lumps my super light and plasticky, original Epic has taken. I do have a decent case on it but I can remember three separate occasions when it went down hard on concrete. Expelling the battery at least two of those times. It's never flinched. The recent Gingerbread update to it sends it blowing by an iPhone in speed, screen resolution and, let's not forget, the best physical keyboard ever made. I'm not getting rid of it anytime soon and I've played with a few dual-core Android models.

86. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

that is unless samsung releases an upgraded OG epic with a dual core processor but same look :D n upgraded camera lol my epic 4g touch would be on ebay instantly :)

4. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

The problem is there are way too many crap Android phones out there, much more than the Premium handsets that are awesome (like the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Nexus etc). Until Android get's their overall phone value up (ie stop building really cheap crap phones, and focus and making the awesome phones cheaper) then they'll trully be ahead of Apple. Frankly, currently Android is ugly, but with Ice Cream Sandwich, it looks amazing, so it's good to see visual development there in looks and guts. Android needs more Quality over quantity. Is it better than Apple overall now? Hard to tell, but based on performance and overall phones probably not yet, maybe 2012 though.

6. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

agreed i have the s2 and the iphone the apps on iphone are definitely better. However when i want to do some custom s**t go to the s2. I think its up to who wants what from a phone.

9. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

well i think not everyone can afford those high end monsters. thats why android is different than everything out there and thats why its open sourced so everyone can taste a piece of the pie.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.