Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt took an hour this week at LeWeb 11 in Paris. And leading off his keynote was none other than Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There's not a lot there we haven't seen already -- though Hugo Berra did show off Ice Cream Sandwich on a Motorola Xoom -- but it's another great preview of what Europe's experiencing now on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and what those of us in the States will get to experience ... eventually.
Android is just a small sliver of the talk, and you should really watch the entire thing. Other highlights:
- On Google TV: "We took Chrome and Android and combined them, and stuffed it inside a television."
- On Motorola: "We will run them separately to make sure the Android ecosystem doesn't get changed. We like the way Android works now."
- On parity between iOS and Android apps: "With the ICS release, our core objective as a company is to get all of the hardware vendors onto that platform. .. Six months from now ... applications vendors ... will want to developer for that platform (Android), perhaps even first."
- On driverless cars: "In our lifetimes, it's a fair statement to say that the majority of cars will be driverless or driverless-assisted."
It's another fascinating talk by Schmidt. Check it out.