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Schmidt Says Nokia Made Wrong Decision

David Gilbert


Google Failed to Persuade Nokia on Android

Google’s Eric Schmidt took what could be his final opportunity to give a keynote address at Mobile World Congress to talk about Nokia choosing unwisely, a Utopian smartphone/tablet future and the next version of Android beginning with an I.

Schmidt will step down as CEO in April as part of a reshuffle announced last month, and took the opportunity at MWC to outline how he sees the future of technology. Maybe because this was his final curtain call as CEO of one of the world’s largest companies, but his address had a rather whimsical air to it. He spoke about smartphones being able to “do things that we haven't even begun to think of" and that "pretty soon, in a year or two, with the phones many of you have already and the tablets, you will never forget anything. Starting soon it will be possible to remember the hotels you went to, the pictures you took, the friends you met, because computer memories last forever." All very interesting but lacking any sort of concrete news we would like to hear from Google.

Schmidt did however go on to speak about the major news of the past week, ie Nokia getting into bed with Microsoft, and outlined how Google had attempted to sway the Finnish company to join its ecosystem rather than the Windows Phone 7 world. "We would like them to adopt Android in the future," Schmidt said. "We're sorry that they made a different choice. We certainly tried {to persuade them}." When asked about another rumour doing the rounds that Google was about to buy Twitter, Schmidt ducked and dived by saying: “"We love Twitter and I love to tweet,"

Schmidt did however give us some information regarding the Android OS and where it is going in the future. With Honeycomb still to be officially released on a tablet, Android is currently in a state of flux with a smartphone and a tablet version currently co-existing. This is all about to change however. "As we know, Gingerbread is for mobiles, and Honeycomb, which we previewed today, is for tablets. So the next version will begin with an I and be named after a dessert, and it will combine the capabilities of the two. We're working on the basis of a current 6 month cycle roughly for each new release." Ice-cream anyone?

Other than that Schmidt showed off a video editing app for Honeycomb which will allow people to edit video on the move and upload it straight to YouTube. Speaking of the video sharing site, Schmidt revealed that it had doubled its revenue in 2010 and that 35 hours of video are uploaded to it every minute. He also revealed that smartphone sales had overtaken PC sales last week and that Chrome has 120 million active users.

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