Booming demand for Android-based smartphones is helping Google add share at the expense of other software providers, Schmidt said yesterday in an interview at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York. Android snared 72 percent of the market in the third quarter, while Apple had 14 percent, according to Gartner Inc. Customers are activating more than 1.3 million Android devices a day, Schmidt said.
“This is a huge platform change; this is of the scale of 20 years ago — Microsoft versus Apple,” he said. “We’re winning that war pretty clearly now.”
Except for the slight detail that Google makes no profits from those Android activations, yeah. it’s exactly the same as Microsoft versus Apple in the 1990s.
Ironically, most of those companies building Android devices are paying Microsoft for the privilege, thanks to patent agreements, with two more signing up this week.
But … winning!