#eric schmidt

Eric Schmidt, speaking with Alan Rusbridger of The Guardian:

"There’s a lot of discussion in the world about the two billion that are connected," he says. "We spend all day talking about the issues of e-commerce and start-ups and globalisation and so forth, and we forget that the majority of people are not online and that they will come online, the majority of them in the next five years.

It’s going to happen very fast. It’s going to happen in countries which don’t have the same principles that we in America have from the British legal system – around law and privacy and those sorts of things. All sorts of crazy stuff is going to happen. Human societies can’t change that fast without both good and negative implications.”

5 days before the WWDC keynote where Apple will boot Google Maps from the iPhone and unveil their own cool new 3D mapping technology, Google Maps is holding an event to discuss “the next dimension of Google Maps”. Coincidence, I’m sure.
Note that Google is saying they will “provide a sneak peek at upcoming features” — in other words, they aren’t done yet, but they wanted to get them out there before the blowback from WWDC. 
Also worth noting, I have June 6 marked down as the day of Eric Schmidt’s “six months from now” prediction. That is, on this day, Schmidt promised that more developers would be working on Android apps first instead of iOS ones. Obviously, this event isn’t related, but a nice distraction from the complete and utter lack of reality.

5 days before the WWDC keynote where Apple will boot Google Maps from the iPhone and unveil their own cool new 3D mapping technology, Google Maps is holding an event to discuss “the next dimension of Google Maps”. Coincidence, I’m sure.

Note that Google is saying they will “provide a sneak peek at upcoming features” — in other words, they aren’t done yet, but they wanted to get them out there before the blowback from WWDC. 

Also worth noting, I have June 6 marked down as the day of Eric Schmidt’s “six months from now” prediction. That is, on this day, Schmidt promised that more developers would be working on Android apps first instead of iOS ones. Obviously, this event isn’t related, but a nice distraction from the complete and utter lack of reality.

"In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality."

That was Google Chairman Eric Schmidt speaking to reporters in Italy yesterday.

For those keeping score at home, that’s now three major things Schmidt has promised in the next 6 months.

At LeWeb a couple weeks ago, he promised that third-party developers would start writing the best apps for Android first instead of iOS in 6 months.

Later at the same conference, he said that “the majority" all televisions in stores in 6 months would run Google TV.

Now Google’s “iPad killer” is coming in 6 months.

It’s either going to be an extremely busy June for Google — or an extremely busy June for Google’s PR department when Google fulfills none of Schmidt’s promises. 

I happen to be in Paris at LeWeb where Eric Schmidt spoke today. I missed the talk, though several blogs summarized the more interesting bits. Namely, Schmidt seems to really believe that Android development will overtake iOS development in the next 6 months.

This is, of course, crazy talk.

John Gruber hits on the first key point that Google doesn’t seem to comprehend:

I think maybe the biggest reason iOS has such strong developer support is that developers like iOS. They use and prefer iPhones and iPads personally, they like Cocoa, and they like the App Store.

For 99% of developers I’ve ever spoken to, this is the case. And that makes the following quote by Schmidt all the more interesting:

Whether you like Android or not, you will support that platform, and maybe you’ll even deliver it first.

Marco Arment wonders if this is “a prediction or a threat?”

While it certainly reads like a threat, I can’t believe Schmidt’s intention is to be openly hostile here. Instead, thinking about his probable intention, it reads more along the lines of a parent telling a child: “you will eat all your vegetables!” Or, more succinctly, “I’m the boss!” Schmidt may just think is is good parenting, so to speak. 

No matter how you read it though, it doesn’t come across well. It sounds arrogant and worse, as Gruber follows up with, it sure sounds like Google is missing the bigger picture: it’s not just Android these developers are overlooking, it’s Windows.

That’s an extremely powerful thought. If all developers cared about was scale, they’d go with Windows. But they don’t. And Google would be wise to at least try to understand why this is the case.

Anyway, let’s mark down June 6, 2012, shall we?

Update: CNet’s Stephen Shankland misquoted Schmidt, which led to other publications subsequently misquoting him. He actually said the following:

Whether you like ICS or not, and again I like it a great deal, you will want to develop for that platform, and perhaps even first.

But that doesn’t really change anything above. I never read it as a threat (even when it was translated to be more like one). It’s simply a fundamental misunderstanding of what the next 6 months will be like.