Google’s Eric Schmidt says Apple is losing the smartphone war

Dec 13, 2012
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Modesty has its limits, especially when it comes to speaking the truth; or, at least, what one believes to be the truth. So it goes with Google's Eric Schmidt, who stated in an interview with Bloomberg that Apple is losing the smartphone war against Google. The numbers substantiate his claims, however, with Android snapping up most of the market in Q3 of this year.

As the Chairman points out, Android managed to get 72-percent of the market (or 75-percent, depending on whose numbers you trust most) in the third quarter of 2012 while Apple only held on to 14-percent. The number of Android smartphones and tablets being activated daily now exceed 1.3 million, as well, an astounding number. The Google mobile operating system has been rapidly gaining power, with no end in sight.

Schmidt stated this during the long interview with Bloomberg. "This is a huge platform change; this is of the scale of 20 years ago - Microsoft versus Apple. We're winning that war pretty clearly now ... The core strategy is to make a bigger pie. We will end up with a not perfectly controlled and not perfectly managed bigger pie by virtue of open systems."

This interview comes a day after Apple's Guy Kawasaki explained why he completely ditched Apple in favor of Android. This wouldn't be particularly noteworthy, except that Kawasaki was - at one point in history - one of Apple's biggest fans and most dedicated users. "To me the great irony is that Apple’s slogan was `Think Different,’ but today if you think different you’re looking at Android."

[via Android Community]


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