Google's Schmidt: Android adoption 'about to explode'

"Android adoption is about to explode," said Google CEO Eric Schmidt during the web services giant's Q3 earnings call last week, contending all the "necessary conditions" are now in place to galvanize global growth of the mobile operating system. According to Schmidt, there are now 12 Android devices across 32 mobile operators in 26 countries. Over the weekend, new Google partner Verizon Wireless began airing a television commercial touting the forthcoming release of its first Android smartphone, the Droid, presumably manufactured by Motorola.

Google also used the earnings call to promote the growth of its mobile search services. "On a quarter over quarter basis, mobile searches grew 30 percent on Google," CFO Patrick Pichette said. "It tells you something about the mobile space, the smartphones, and how they are transformative. They are basically transforming how people live on a mobile basis. If we move forward the adoption of these mobile phones by lowering the cost because it is open source, think of how many searches [will follow]."

For more on Google's Android boasts:
- read this TechCrunch article

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