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(MWC 2010) Google geared toward mobiles over desktops: CEO

All Headlines 08:03 February 17, 2010

By Lee Youkyung

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 16 (Yonhap) -- The chief of Google Inc. said Tuesday that the Web search engine giant saw its resources deployed more toward the mobile sector, which has become the "high-volume endpoint" to reach consumers.

"Now our programmers are doing more work on mobiles first. That is in fact the change," Google CEO Eric Schmidt told an audience at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, speaking for the first time at the event.

Because the mobile devices are "more specific, more human, more location aware, more interactive, more dynamic, more personal" than computers, they are more satisfying to programmers, he said.

Google, which became an important player in the mobile industry with the launch of Linux-based open platform Android in 2008 and last month's release of the first Google phone, the Nexus One, denied that it is competing against mobile carriers.

During the question and answer session, audience members voiced "fears" coming from telecom companies that Google may steal their revenue streams. Another questioned if Google is turning mobile carriers into "dumb pipes" that simply transfers bytes between the customer's device and the Internet.

"I feel very strongly that we depend on successful business of the operators globally," Schmidt said, urging Google and mobile carriers to come together to help each other make money.

Despite those concerns, handset device makers and carriers warmly received Google's operating system for smartphones, he said.

"There are 26 devices with 59 operators, in 48 countries, in 19 languages so far and it is just the beginning," he said, adding that 60,000 Android devices are shipped every day.

Schmidt said the explosion of mobile data usage is an opportunity for mobile operators, which will bring them benefits.

"I can assure you that you will get that money back in many, many ways," he said.

The head of the world's largest search engine, however, emphasized that revenues should be shared with application developers.

"An application ecosystem is not fundamentally going to happen without a way for application developers to make money," Schmidt said.

ylee@yna.co.kr
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