Google shareholders attending the annual stockholders meeting were treated to some information from CEO Eric Schmidt. The exec stated that every day, 65,000 Android handsets are shipped. That includes 34 different devices in 49 countries. Schmidt even had the time to fire a salvo at Apple. "[Google] is trying to build an entire ecosystem of openness, the
inverse of the other guys," the CEO quipped. And for those who worry about Android's failure to turn its success into cold, hard cash for Google, Schmidt and co-founder Larry Page said to concentrate on the synergies that the company gets from its open source operating system. The CEO said, "While it’s true that we’re very happy to give away Android, the
applications and the services that can be provided on a very large, very
broad framework can be enormously valuable over the next five or 10
years.” If that is true, Google has just taken its first steps as far as Android is concerned. Schmidt continues to have high hopes for the software. "It looks like Android is going to be either the number one or number
two player" in the cellphone market, he said.