Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android is extending its lead over Apple Inc. (AAPL) in the mobile-software market at a rate that compares with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s expansion in desktop software in the 1990s, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said.
Booming demand for Android-based smartphones is helping Google add share at the expense of other software providers, Schmidt said yesterday in an interview at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York. Android snared 72 percent of the market in the third quarter, while Apple had 14 percent, according to Gartner Inc. Customers are activating more than 1.3 million Android devices a day, Schmidt said. Eric Schmidt: Google Winning The Mobile Platform War [bloomberg.com]
“This is a huge platform change; this is of the scale of 20 years ago -- Microsoft versus Apple,” he said. “We’re winning that war pretty clearly now.”
I guess if it's accurate then the Android may soon become the platform of choice for exploits, malware, and spyware by hackers just like Windows was/is for desktops/laptops. I wonder if there is more profit potential to hack mobile devices than there is in hacking hard wired devices.
I don't think there's any question of that. It's going to be a battle they'll have to fight. I don't doubt it's a problem already as there have been some reports here at WebmasterWorld over some scams.
I think Android came along at the right time, and that's what's given it such a commanding lead. Nokia seemed to be, well, asleep, and as for Microsoft, they missed the early boat and have a lot of catching up to do, imho.
And electronista today says Eric is deluded or making stuff up. This according to a Goldman-Sachs study that projects the android platform to be at 21% of market share by 2013, down from current 33% this year. Still not as low as MS though.