Google and Motorola are on stage here in NYC to announce their new slew of Android smartphones but to start things off Google's own Eric Schmidt came out to steal the show and talk about the Motorola partnership and acquisition. First however, he shared some numbers on Android growth that is staggering.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has become the unofficial chief bearer of good news for his company at the LeWeb Conference in France this year, in his onstage interview just today. Known for lofty predictions (such as his anticipations for self-driving cars and semantic search engines) when he speaks at conferences, Schmidt spoke about his big plans for Google TV, which he believes will embedded in the majority of new television sets by the summer of 2012. That's quite a prediction to make, even for the Google Chairman, especially since not much ground has been broken by Google TV, at least at the moment.
You can usually rely on ex-CEO of Google (and current chairman) Eric Schmidt for a few good soundbites, but the exec's appearance at D9 was jam-packed with them. Schmidt opened by dismissing Microsoft as a player in the current platform war - which he says is now between a "gang of four" consisting Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook, with PayPal and Twitter potentially hovering outside - describing the software giant as no longer "driving the consumer revolution."
As for where Google fits with those three key rivals, Schmidt says the search company has "tried very hard to partner with Facebook" and that the social network has "done a number of things which I admire." He's particularly keen on how Facebook handles user-identity, with the imminent +1 for websites launch described as "not directly" chasing the social network but obviously an attempt to build Google's social strategy. Nonetheless, Schmidt says he takes the blame for Google's slow reaction to online identity, saying he recently dug out a four year old memo saying the company must address the issue but that "I failed to do it." "A CEO should take responsibility" he admits, "I screwed up."
Back before Google owned almost everything on the internet, in 2000, they were building the base of their Mountain View operation. Their venture capitalist backers decided that they needed "adult supervision". John Doerr came in and arranged a number of meetings for Google's co-founders Larry Page and Serge Brin. The goal? Google's new CEO. The pair met with Intel's Andry Grove, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and others. Page and Brin turned all of these guys down. Why? Because they had one person they wanted to lead their new company, Steve Jobs.
The White House has released photos of President Obama’s tech leader consortium at a dinner last night. The dinner was attended by most of Silicon Valley’s top CEO’s and people who generally manage and direct your digital lives.
We're here at the Google presentation speeches here at Mobile World Congress 2011, and the music is loud. After presenting a monumentally impressive moving infographic showing the increase of Android Activations worldwide since launch, Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google continued the statistics, everything leading up to "the world's fastest growing mobile platform," a powerful claim indeed. Schmidt notes that he believes that we will eventually grow to serve technology - that we are losing the battle against cold, lifeless contact between real humans. He goes on about how mobile is decimating PC, how connection speeds are increasing, and how the future is serendipity - gaining accomplishments, knowledge, and relationships you did not know about before you hopped on the computer (or here, the phone.) Eventually, after about 15 minutes of rather impressive statistics, the app was revealed in earnest.
Google has just poached the top payment executive from PayPal Osama Bedier, a man apparently key in moving the payment brand toward mobile payments. Does this have anything to do with Google's recent big moves toward NFC implementation in their Android OS? Paypal's CTO Scott Guilfoyle writes his goodbyes and thank yous to Bedier on the PayPal Blog, noting that his replacement will be a man by the name of Matthew Mengerink, a 10 year PayPal veteran who's led "PayPal architecture, infrastructure, payments development, core technologies, international development and customer quality and engineering services teams." Guilfoyle also notes that Mengerink "has 95 musical instruments at home and plays most of them."
Eric Schmidt has denied that his decision to step down as Google CEO was motivated by internal disagreements over the search giant's handling of Chinese censorship, also insisting that the management shake-up - which will see co-founder Larry Page take the CEO role - "has nothing to do with competitors." Instead, the move is intended to clarify Schmidt, Page and Sergey Brin's roles within Google.
As odd rumors go, Eric Schmidt leaving Google to take up a new role as a talk-show host is pretty out there, but that's just what the NYPost's sources are claiming. The Google CEO - who will step down on April 4 and be replaced by Larry Page - has reportedly "been looking for a TV job for over a year" according to sources at CNN, and in fact filmed a pilot for the network back in August 2010.