Despite's Android's growth, app developers complain that they have to build different versions for different Android devices.Mr. Schmidt:
Because some of the phones are down the road. But if everybody's at [version] 4.0 or 4.1, it is in fact compatible.WSJ:
Developers currently earn more from building Apple apps than Android apps.Mr. Schmidt:
[Google's app store] and the monetization just started working well in the last year, maybe the last six months. The volume is indisputable, and with the volume comes the opportunity and the luxury of time.WSJ:
Do you see Apple's Siri virtual assistant as a competitor to Google search?Mr. Schmidt:
Well, it's competition. I mean, in the antitrust filings, we actually use Siri as an example of future "non-conforming to the Web" competition , which we do worry about.WSJ:
How does Google respond to hardware partners wondering whether you are now competing with them?Mr. Schmidt:
We are and we're not. When we bought Motorola, I personally flew to Samsung, who's the number-one partner of Android by volume.
I told them that the [Android] ecosystem has to be favored at all costs...the Motorola products can't be unduly favored, unless you're also unduly favoring Samsung. If it looks unfair, and then the ecosystem unravels, then it's a terrible mistake.WSJ:
What do you think of Microsoft's new operating system Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8?Mr. Schmidt:
I have not used it, but I think that Microsoft has not emerged as a trendsetter in this new model yet.WSJ:
There is regular speculation that you might be tapped for a government post. Are you interested?Mr. Schmidt:
I said last time and I've said again that Google is my home. I have no interest in working for the federal government.