By spreading Android, which is growing at a rate of 160,000 new handset activations per day, the company ensures that its Internet search, maps and other ad-supported services will endure as users shift to mobile devices.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Schmidt asked rhetorically, "If we have a billion people using Android, you think we can't make money from that?"
All it would take, he said, is US$10 per user per year.
At 160,000 activations per day, a target of 1 billion smartphones is almost impossible to achieve, but the fast rising popularity of smartphones suggests that the target could be achieved within three to four years.
On the web: The Wall Street Journal
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