Eric Schmidt

Schmidt Expects Another 10 Years at Google

When Google's Chief Executive Eric Schmidt stepped down last week the entire internet went into a frenzy. Questions arose if he would be leaving the company and what it means for the powerhouse that is Google. Well in his final keynote today at the DLD Media Conference in Munich, Schmidt said: "I'm very personally excited about my next decade at Google."

Eric Schmidt Nexus S video now online

Eric Schmidt bringing along the Samsung Nexus S to Web 2.0 was only a semi-surprise, but it's still the first official outing for the Android handset. If you want to relive the moment, O'Reilly Media has thrown the footage up on their YouTube event page. It's actually the full 45 minute sit-down with Schmidt, and is worth a watch if you're curious about the Google CEO's attitudes to mobile and open-source. Alternatively, the Nexus S shows up in the first few minutes of the clip. [youtube AKOWK2dR4Dg] [Thanks Paul!]

Gingerbread Confirmed Today, working on Nexus S, as Presented by Google CEO Eric Schmidt at Web 2.0

So if you were watching a live stream of (or were AT) the Web 2.0 Conference 2010 listening to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, you saw him whip out not only the new legendary super secret phone, but Android 2.3 Gingerbread as well. Amongst the new features included in the Gingerbread update are support for NFC enhanced device interaction and RFID tags. Buying things with your phone, attempting (without saying it,) to get to that point before Apple fully arrives. Schmidt noted that this technology (using NFC and RFID to pay for everything) will eventually replace the credit card. Gingerbread, Schmidt says, will be rolling out in the next few weeks.

Google: Requiring Stock Android would violate the “Principle of Open Source”

A lot of the popularity of Google’s Android OS comes from the fact that it is open source, developers, manufactures can do what they want with it. This leads many of them to customize it to their own liking for any specific device (e.g. HTC Sense UI, MOTOBLUR). Some of these builds do not exactly fit everyone’s liking, so some believe the end user should have the option to revert back to a clean, stock version of the Android OS if they so desire. Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, was presented with this concept at a press release last week.

Schmidt: no Google Nexus Two plans

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has confirmed that there will be no Google Nexus Two device, telling The Telegraph that "the idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one."  While previous rumors have suggested that Google might follow up the Nexus One with a hardware QWERTY model, Schmidt said of the decision not to continue with own-brand devices that they "like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale." As for criticism regarding sales of the Nexus One, Schmidt says that of the decision not to make a sequel "[Google] would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: 'Ok, it worked. Congratulations - we're stopping'."  The CEO also touched on data security, saying "the reality is we make decisions based on what the average user tells us and we do check. And the reason that you should trust us is that if we were to violate that trust people would move immediately to someone else. We're very non-sticky so we have a very high interest in maintaining the trust of those users." [via Neowin]

Android Shipping 60,000 Units A Day

Its no secret that Android is picking up steam and is quickly becoming the fastest growing market among smart-phone and handsets in general. The versatility of the platform as well as the different hardware variations are really helping to aid in the growth of the OS. But 60,000 units shipped a day? This is an awesome feat and shows the popularity of Android around the world.
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