Full Text of Google’s September Press Event 2015…
Sundar Pichai – CEO, Google
Dave Burke – VP Engineering (Android), Google
Sabrina Ellis – Director of Product Management, Google
Eunice Kim – Senior Product Manager, Google Play
Anil Sabharwal – Director, Google Photos
Mario Queiroz – VP, Product Management (Chromecast)
Rishi Chandra – Product Manager, Google
Andrew Bowers – Product Manager, Google
Chelsea Maughan – Global Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Google
Sundar Pichai – CEO, Google
Good morning. Good to see all of you. It’s been a crazy few days. I’ve been spending time receiving the Indian Prime Minister after great excitement in the valley, celebrating the moon festival with family and friends. I was trying to catch the blood moon a couple of nights ago. All I saw was the regular white moon. But thanks to YouTube, I think I saw the real deal. Hopefully you all had better luck.
Being here this morning to talk about products, especially around computing, which is near and dear to my heart. Computing is the foundation of a lot of things we do. It’s how users interface with technology, and for us, the way we do it is by investing in large open ecosystems, platforms which we build with everyone, and that helps us do this at scale. And the scale at which everything is working is pretty breathtaking to see.
Just over a year ago, at Google I/O, we announced Android had 1 billion 30-day active devices across the world. Fast forward to today we now have 1.4 billion 30-day active devices which we see in Android around the world. So we’ve added 400 million active devices, and the momentum is happening around the world, especially in emerging economies. In many, many places, in countries like Indonesia and Vietnam, Android has literally doubled in the last year. And what’s exciting about this is in most of these cases, these are people who are adopting a smartphone for the first time. So we are well on our way to bringing the next billion users on line. We care about making sure there is entry-level high-quality affordable smartphones for these users as well., which is why we do Android One. We’ve expanded the program to many countries. We recently launched it in Turkey about a month ago and General Mobile’s Android One phone has been the best-selling phone in Turkey since then.
We see the same momentum here in the U.S. as well. If you look at education, by the end of this year, there will be more Chromebooks than every other device combined in U.S. schools. And we are beginning to see the same momentum outside of the U.S. as well. In fact, in the U.S., we were looking at data in September, every single day, there are 30,000 new Chromebooks which get activated, so 30,000 new kids for the first time — many of them for the first time — get access to computing in their schools.
We want to serve companies as well. We announced Android for Work about a year ago and already in the U.S. there are over 10,000 companies which have either — which are either testing, partially deployed or fully deploying Android for Work. These include important institutions like the World Bank, U.S. Army, Guardian Life, et cetera.
This brings us to today. What we do every year is we try to push the state of the art and push the next generation of computing forward. And to do that, we build hardware. And the reason we build hardware is so that we can work together as we build the next version of the operating system, we build the hardware along with our ecosystem partners so that we can guide the ecosystem forward. And we do that with our Nexus devices. You will hear from the team about it today. This year, we’ve gone a step further. You know, we have a more comprehensive lineup. We have thought about the range of what’s possible. And more importantly, we’ve thought about how do we take it to market. We have thought about not just the purchase of these devices, but the post-purchase experience and you’ll hear about that from the team.
In addition, we’ve had a Pixel team whose goal has been slightly different. Their goal has been to build aspirational devices so that they can guide the ecosystem into newer areas. We did Pixel for the Chromebook to show what’s possible for the Chromebook model with a touch screen, new touchpads and more recently even USB feed. The same team has been hard at work for their first Android device focused on productivity and we call it the Pixel C and you’ll hear about it from the team today.
We are, of course, thinking beyond phones and tablets. We have spoken before about the multiscreen world. Users have access to computing in several contexts throughout their day to day lives, including in their living room. We have taken a very different approach to computing in the living room. We do it using Chromecast and it bets on the phone as the center of your experience. And the Chromecast team has a set of exciting updates for you as well.