Android is 'ahead of the iPhone right now': Schmidt

Android is 'ahead of the iPhone right now': SchmidtYou know that feeling when you're an Android owner and you have some iPhone-borg gobbing off about how superior their device is? You know, the mood captured by Samsung so brilliantly recently?

Well, now none other than Google's Eric Schmidt has waded in and put his tuppence-worth down on the subject, shutting Apple fanboys up, at least for a few seconds.

When asked at the LeWeb conference about Android, he said, simply, that "Android is ahead of the iPhone now" and puts that down to a few factors: "unit volume, Ice Cream Sandwich, the price is lower and there are more vendors."

He was asked if Android was copying iOS but would only respond: "Android was founded before the iPhone was". Although, had we been him, we'd have obviously brought up the issue of a certain pull-down navigation bar *cough* rip off *cough*.

Which then, of course, opens the floodgates for iOwners to comment below on the various technologies borrowed (or "paid tribute to) by Android from Apple.

There's no doubt that Android is going great guns right now - with 10 billion downloads now having been recorded. And Schmidt sees the future being even brighter: "There are so many manufacturers working to deliver Android phones globally. Whether you like Android or not, you will support that platform, and maybe you'll even deliver it first."

The battle just got even muckier!

Via GSM Arena

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4 comments

mullerman  Dec. 9, 2011 at 02:24

A list of functions on paper may impress but how it works in the hand is an entirely different matter.

eddyday  Dec. 9, 2011 at 04:36

"Android was founded before the iPhone was."

Yes, and back in those days it was a Blackberry ripoff. Apple then announced the iPhone (which Tubby boy and his cronies had been helping to work on) and then a few months later Android had mysteriously warped into a virtual clone of iOS.

Google are a bunch of plagiarizing hacks, always have been, always will be.

Stelph  Dec. 9, 2011 at 06:33

Odd to compare android (an OS) and the iPhone (hardware), I assume he actially meant iOS?

With ICS id agree the gap has closed between the two, mostly due to ICS being more tablet friendly, however there is still the major balls up (IMO) the the majority of phones never get the update, where as iOS you get it instantly, major plus and a number 1 feature

ediot  Dec. 9, 2011 at 11:43

Apple don't make the hardware.

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