Google’s Eric Schmidt Tells Senate About Apple’s Siri Threat
Google’s Andy Rubin has made his opinion sound public when he stated that your phone shouldn’t be an assistant, talking about Apple’s new voice-enabled digital assistant, Siri. Now Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman and former CEO, tells the U.S. Senate that Siri might actually be a “competitive threat”.
Following up on a September’s hearing, Schmidt told the U.S. Senate antitrust subcommittee that Apple’s Siri is a “significant development”, one which might actually be a threat to the Google search business. To sustain his point of view, Schmidt even quoted two publications that referred to Siri as a “Google killer” as well as Apple’s “entry point” into the search engine business.
Trying to paint Google as “just another competitor”, the Chairman of Mountain View quoted a comScore report where “Android operates on only 34.1 percent while Apple’s iOS runs on 43.1 percent”. Clearly, the report places Android comfortably on the first sport with a market share of 44.8% in September.
“Google has many strong competitors and we sometimes fail to anticipate the competitive threat posed by new methods of accessing information,” Schmidt said. Senators still consider Google’s 65% market share of all U.S. Internet searches, 94% share of the European market, and 97% share of all smartphone searches being fairly close to a monopoly.