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Android is not fragmented, it's merely differentiated, says Eric Schmidt

According to Schmidt about 3.7 million Android devices are activated and the Android OS can be termed as differentiating rather than fragmenting

During a recent panel discussion at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Eric Schmidt defined ecosystem as a scalable network platform that delivers the best customer value. While expressing his view of the panel, he warmed up by turning the talks towards Google’s Android Operating system.

He expresses that Android platform are also running refrigerators now. He also believes that peoples have made most of the use with their Open Source Operating systems.

The term fragmentation was used by the panel moderator, CNET’s Molly Wood, for Android when Schmidt cut her speech and said it would be more appropriate to use the term differentiation rather than fragmentation as it seems quite negative.

With that he also revealed that Google has activated around 3.7 million Android phones on the Christmas Day as well as on the Christmas Eve. Later he also added that they want everybody to get under Ice Cream Sandwich. They also offer the developers to add or change anything as long as they are not breaking anything.

With Wood pushing him to say something about Microsoft’s Kinect and the Xbox not getting together, he replied that Microsoft is trapped in an architectural problem which might not get through.

Schmidt also mentioned about the Amazon’s Kindle Fire Tablet that runs on a highly altered version of Android. Schmidt said Google welcomed the customization but the tablet has some limitations which have been well documented.

Toward the end of the panel discussion, which was on the theme of the most important ecosystem among Hardware, content, service or software, Schmidt mentioned that they work together. He also said the significance of the ecosystems are realized by consumers only when experiences them as in the case of Apple, Amazon, and also Facebook.

So according to him everyone can be a winner as the open ecosystem allows multiple types of players to work together.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-01-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)