Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt spoke at the LeWeb conference in Paris today. During the talks he had a lot of interesting things to say about Ice Cream Sandwich and Android in general. For the interesting ICS tidbits, we have included a video above. On a separate note, some of Schmidt's statements regarding Android were quite bold, and worth mentioning. He made the claim that, "Android is ahead of the iPhone now." Interestingly, he made this statement to a room full of techies with iPads and iPhones. He further qualified his statement by sharing that he was measuring that statement on, "unit volume, Ice Cream Sandwich, the price is lower, there are more vendors." He elaborated that he believes the high volume of Android shipments will win out and said,

"Ultimately, application vendors are driven by volume, and volume is favored by the open approach Google is taking. There are so many manufacturers working so hard to distribute Android phones globally that whether you like ICS or not--and again I like it a great deal--you will want to develop for that platform, and perhaps even first."
The video above is quite lengthy, running almost an hour, but interesting nonetheless. Schmidt doesn't just talk about ICS either, and goes into detail regarding Google TV and Motorola as well as other subjects. Schmidt believes that 2012 will be the really big year for Android, thanks in large part to the upcoming Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

Source: CNET and TalkAndroid