Eric Schmidt Speaks at Mobile World Congress, Sheds Light on Android Successes and Future

Current Google CEO Eric Schmidt was just speaking in Barcelona today at Mobile World Congress where he laid out a bit of news on the Android front.  First, we’ll get to some cold, hard numbers such as activations and applications.

As of today, February 15th, there are 350,000 new Android phones being activated on a daily basis.  That equates to more than 127 million Android devices a year at the current rate.  Bananas, right?  These activations come from 170 compatible devices, 27 OEMs, and 169 carriers spread across 69 countries.  How about the apps and games for users to download on all of these new handsets?  The official tally now sits at 150,000 applications, more than three times what it was just nine months ago.  

We also learned for the first time that Google has rolled out a movie editing application for Android (Honeycomb) called Movie Studio.  The premise is simple – let users edit videos directly from an Android device much like they would from a PC.  We can’t wait to see more of this from the official Android developers blog or Google Mobile.

Engadget has a great play-by-play of Schmidt’s speech today where he discussed Honeycomb, Gingerbread, Chrome, NFC, LTE, and all the other stuff in between.  It’s fun to think about where we could be a year or more from today with the possibilities of NFC payments and other mobile/cloud connectivity.

  • acupunc

    I don’t know but I think if Google doesn’t start pushing Android to the desktop that it will ultimately fail. Thinking that they should develop two operating systems instead of one that scales to all devices seems to be a mistake. That will just fracture the OS experience and what user wants that–that’s why HP is bringing webOS to all devices and Nokia originally designed MeeGo to do the same thing–people want a unified experience, and MS is planning that in Windows 8 so Google had better get with it.

    • adv

      well, android cannot be pushed hard on desktop due to limitations whitin arm cpu’s.
      allthough, I think 2013 will be the year when we will see this comming.

      2012 will bring quadcores, but we need PCI-e busses, and chipsets compatible with arm that can bring popular network chips, audio, and so on to ARM.

      I am against X86 since its a monopoly business by intel, current players in X86, or more X87 for experts, is via, intel and AMD.

      While in ARM we have… alot, and anyone can basicly join in! for a fee, since ARM doesnt manufacture chips, they doesnt gain on holding others out of the market, while intel does!

      Chip manufactures want arm, we want android, its all set!