Google's chairman has denied tensions exist between itself and Samsung and claimed there will be one billion devices running Android by the end of 2013.
Eric Schmidt was speaking during a wide ranging interview at the AllThingsDigital Mobile conference in New York. He made pains to answer rumours that Google is concerned about Samsung's dominance of Android sales. It is seen as the only company making money off the Android operating system and is also working on its own Tizen OS, in a bid to wean itself off Android.
Schmidt said: 'We've spent lots of time with Samsung, and I can confirm to you that the press coverage of tension has not been correct. I've been to South Korea many times to talk to them. They have literally hundreds of millions of phones coming out on the Android platform. The Samsung relationship has turned out to be the defining one, and I appreciated their decision [to help Android from its early days].'
Schmidt said Android activations have now hit 1.5m each day, up from the 1.4m it announced last month. He said it should hit one billion activations by the end of 2013, and will be 'nearing 2 billion in a year or two'.
He also teased details of the forthcoming Motorola devices as 'very impressive' and 'phones plus'. Its long-rumored X-Phone is expected to be revealed in the coming months.
Author: Graeme Neill