Could you imagine if the suits in charge at Google one day decided that enough was enough, and pulled the plug on all of the company's services, like Gmail and search? While it wouldn't be the end of the Internet, it would certainly be a major inconvenience for many. However, that's not what Google's Eric Schmidt meant when he recently predicted that that the Internet would disappear. So, what was he talking about?
Android co-founder Andy Rubin recently revealed at an economic summit in Tokyo that the world's most popular mobile operating system (OS) was originally conceived to power smart cameras. From those humble beginnings, Android has grown into something bigger, impacting the mobile market in ways that a simple camera platform would never have been able to. Fast forward to today and Google is seeing 1.5 million Android activations per day.
Google's Eric Schmidt talked about keeping the search giant's two popular OSes separate from each other.
When Google announced that Android boss Andy Rubin was stepping aside and handing the reins over to Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for Chrome and Apps, it was only natural to wonder if, going forward, Android and Chrome would end up merging. Maybe someday they will, but for the time being, Google is adamant that both with remain independent operating systems serving two different markets.
Don't try telling Google's Eric Schmidt that his company's open source Android platform suffers from fragmentation. No seriously, don't try telling him. The Google executive made it very clear at CES 2012 that Android suffers no such affliction, chalking up the many different Android models and builds to "differentiation," not fragmentation. Is he just playing with words?
Google’s ex-CEO turned executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, was on Capital Hill recently to defend his company against anti-competitive allegations, and the details are finally beginning to trickle out. We wouldn’t begin to consider ourselves qualified to pass judgment on the charges, though we can say that some of the statements made in his company’s defense might be a bit of a stretch.
Mimes and hilarious videos mocking Google turned out the be the least of Eric Schmidt's concerns during his visit to Washington, D.C. That's to be expected when you're called upon to testify in an antitrust hearing, and if the Google chairman had any disillusions of this being a friendly process, they were quickly tossed overboard when Republican Senator Mike Lee accused Google of cooking search results.
It's all fun and games until a mime gets cold clocked for being obnoxious, and we'd be tempted ourselves to land a right hook if a street performer followed us around all day. Government workers will have to fight the urge as Google's Eric Schmidt heads to Washington to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee over Google's dominance in Web search. The non-profit consumer advocacy group known as the Consumer Watchdog has hired mimes to follow government workers around while wearing track suits that read "Google Track Team."
It’s a fact: Justin’s Long’s smarmy “I’m a Mac” jackassery doesn’t sit well with the PC crowd. As it turns out, the patronizing hipster persona worn so well by Long in those commercials might not have been an entirely fictional creation. Could he have been the personification of the members of Apple’s board? Probably not, but Google Chairman Eric Schmidt doesn’t paint a pretty picture of his stint as an Apple director.
It's not often that you end up being paid more for being demoted or stepping down from your position as a high level exec. But for Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google who was recently replaced by Larry Page, his new position as Executive Chairman is a much more lucrative one. To be fair, even a gig flipping burgers at a fast food joint would have been more lucrative than the $1 annual salary he received as CEO, but there's not a fast food chain in the world that would have paid him $1.25 million a year, and that's before bonuses.
Today is the day. As of April 4, 2011 Eric Schmidt has stepped down as Google's CEO. Co-founder Larry page is taking the reins of the search giant, but Schmidt isn't leaving the company at this time. He will be taking on the role of Executive Chairman. What does this mean for Google?