"Unit volume, Ice Cream Sandwich, the price is lower, there are more vendors."
Currently there are some 200 million Android devices in circulation with some 550,000 being added daily, but Schmidt thinks that Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) will give Android an extra boost, both in terms of sales and developer interest.
"Ultimately, application vendors are driven by volume, and volume is favored by the open approach Google is taking. There are so many manufacturers working to deliver Android phones globally," Schmidt said. "Whether you like Android or not, you will support that platform, and maybe you'll even deliver it first."
[UPDATE: Here's what Schmidt actually said: '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.']
But is size everything? Getting Ice Cream Sandwich out of the door and onto handsets is only part of the equation. Let's take a look at some of the challenges facing Android that Google doesn't seem willing to address:
I'd like to see Google put a little effort into addressing these issue. I know that the size of market share is important, but I think that these issues are also important for both Android users and handset makers.
If you're an Android user, what issues matter to you?