Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt believes Android's war with Apple's iOS has seen the former come out on top.
Speaking to Bloomberg in an interview, Schmidt said Android's battle with iOS "is of the scale of 20 years ago -- Microsoft versus Apple." In his opinion, Google is "winning that war pretty clearly now."
Statistically, Android has outpaced iOS for several consecutive quarters. With the emergence of several budget-priced smartphones that boast a variety of screen sizes, Q3 shipments saw Android accounting for 72.4 percent of the worldwide market, while iOS settled for a distant second place with a 14.9 percent share. It's also a similar outline for the former's tablets lineup.
Commenting briefly about Facebook, the Google chairman stressed that he believes Google+ is a "viable competitor to Facebook." That statement was echoed by the latter's VP of product, albeit through a more direct approach, who stated that the former is a "social network of the past".
Current Google CEO, Larry Page, lately discussed the search engine giant's relationship with its rival, with the two companies discussing regularly due to their search ties. As for Apple, meanwhile, the firm recently suffered its largest share price drop in four years due to Android's continued dominance.