Tagged: 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!]
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.
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]
Google CEO Eric Schmidt is predicting good times ahead for Android. The statement coming as part of the company's first quarter investors' conference.