In an interview with Bloomberg, Schmidt said demand for Android phones is booming and helping Google seize more market share, at the expense of other market players. Schmidt said 1.3 million Android devices are being activated every day and the OS currently commands a 72 percent market share, while Apple has 14.
He went on to compare Google to Microsoft, referencing Apple’s fall from grace in the eighties. Schmidt noted that Google is giving away Android and ceding part of its revenue to hardware partners, all in an effort to drive demand for ads and other Google services.
In related news, Google CEO Larry Page told Fortune that it is still too early for a Motorola Nexus device. Page argued that not enough time had passed since the acquisition, and it seems the “firewall” set up between the two companies is still standing.