Google's Eric Schmidt: 'Android is clearly winning against Apple'

Google's chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt has said that the company's Android OS is 'clearly winning' the mobile platform battle with Microsoft and Apple.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Schmidt said that customers are activating more than 1.3 million Android devices a day. Gartner recently revealed that Android's market share had increased to more than 72 per cent in the third quarter of 2012, compared with Apple's 14 per cent. That's about double the amount of Google Android sales from the same quarter of 2011.

"This is a huge platform change; this is of the scale of 20 years ago – Microsoft versus Apple," Schmidt said. "We're winning that pretty clearly now."

During the interview, Schmidt also addressed the recent accusations about tax avoidance. He said: "We pay lots of taxes; we pay them in the legally prescribed ways. I am very proud of the structure we set up. We did it based on the incentives that the governments offered us to operate."

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This year, Amazon and Google have been criticised for making substantial sales in the UK, but only paying a small amount of tax to the Treasury – as little as 1.5 per cent on hundreds of millions of pounds in some instances.

Schmidt also said that he sees the company's Google+ social networking service as a "viable competitor to Facebook."

Google today released its Google Maps app for iOS on Apple's App Store, much to the delight of iOS 6 users who were left disappointed by Apple's Maps offering, which was so flawed that CEO Tim Cook had to issue a public apology for the disaster.