Understandably inclined to take Android's side, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt declared at the LeWeb conference in Paris "Android is ahead of the iPhone now".
After making the remark, which raised a few eyebrows in the MacBook, iPad and iPhone wielding audience, Schmidt later explained the reasons that led him to this conclusion "unit volume, Ice Cream Sandwich, the price is lower, there are more vendors."
It is true that Android is an open platform, meant to attract app developers, however many (or even most) are still focused on working for iOS. Eric Schmidt believes that in the end though, high volume of Android shipments will convince programmers to consider Android a top priority, ZDNet reports.
"Ultimately, application vendors are driven by volume, and volume is favored by the open approach Google is taking. There are so many manufacturers working to deliver Android phones globally," Schmidt declared.
A member of the audience voiced his frustration that interesting new apps often seem to come to iOS before arriving on Android. Schmidt remarked that with the advent of Android Ice Cream Sandwich that state of affairs would be reversed in just six months.
Android is key to Google's overall strategy, and the fact that it is completely free enables Google to lure users to its other services such as Gmail, Google Apps, Google+, Google Music, and Google Maps.