Android phones to top 1B
One billion people will be using Android smartphones within the next six to nine months, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt predicted today, noting the operating system continues gaining traction across the globe.
Schmidt, speaking during the AllThingsD mobile conference in New York, also said there will be nearly 2 billion Android phones within a year or two. Currently, there are more than 750 million Android phones in use across 320 carriers and 160 countries, Schmidt said, and there are 1.5 million sales or activations of Android every day.
“Android is by far the primary vehicle by which people are going to see smartphones,” Schmidt said. “Our goal is to reach everybody.”
He noted that falling prices will help boost Android in the market, with devices expected to touch$75 to $100. Most of those devices will come from Asian manufacturers, including Samsung, Schmidt said.