Well, that’s a big number. In an annual stockholder’s meeting, Google CEO Eric Schmidt reported that Android partners were now shipping about 65,000 handsets per day which includes 34 mobile devices in 49 countries. Interestingly enough, Schmidt also took a subtle jab at Apple, saying that “[Google] is trying to build an entire ecosystem of openness, the inverse of the other guys.”
Google co-founder Larry Page was also on hand, perhaps throwing out some damage control to those who might be worried about Android’s lack of earning potential. He stated that having Android synergized well with the rest of Google “through more searches and other things that we do.”
Schmidt agreed with him, explaining that “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.”
It is interesting that Schmidt is taking shots at Apple, considering he sat on their board of directors from 2006-2009, resigning after a supposed “conflict of interest.” I really wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some bad blood there, but maybe today’s comments were more of a “looking good for investors” kind of thing.
“Our partners are shipping about 65,000 Android handsets per day but if you check the blogosphere you’ll discover there are some reports that that number might be quite low. Our strategy is very different from everybody else’s. We license our code for free, so that’s really pretty revolutionary.”Eric SchmidtCEO Google