Google CEO Says 2009 A Good Year For Android
CEO Eric Schmidt was quoted as saying that "overall, it looks like Android is going to have a very strong year." Said statement was proudly made during Google's first-quarter investors' conference, and he also teased listeners by admitting that "new announcements of Android-related products and partnerships with mobile phone service providers and device makers will be 'quite significant' this year."
Unlike Apple's mobile OS X, which isn't likely to spread from the iPhone in the near future, Android is actually aiming at devices other than the cellphone. We've already heard that it could soon be seen on UMPCs, MIDs, and all manners of other handheld devices. Heck, an Android-based netbook isn't even beyond the realm of feasibility. Google would do itself a huge favor by enabling any system maker out there to use Android, and given its history, we figure it'll do just that. Windows XP nabbed a vast majority of the netbook OS market share in 2008 -- surely Google figures it can steal away a few percent in 2009-2010.