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Google's Pichai on Xiaomi, Cyanogen and the Apple Watch

Martyn Williams | March 3, 2015
The Google executive offered his views on a wide range of issues, including Android Pay.

On the Apple Watch
Apple showed off prototypes of its first wearable device last year and the company is widely expected to announce launch plans at an event in San Francisco next week.

Pichai said wearables are exciting, and was immediately challenged as to why he wasn't wearing an Android watch. He came up with a great excuse: the watch he's been trying is not yet released so he took it off for the event.

Specifically on the Apple Watch, "I, just like everyone else, am keen to see what they come up with," he said.

On Google retail stores
Google has been rumored to be considering a chain of retail stores where it can present its products and services.

The company is always trying to figure out how to best present its products, but it will do that through existing retail partners, said Pichai.

If the company does open stores, it will be something like its efforts for the Nexus hardware -- a smaller effort intended to push the Google vision and not a mass market retail effort, he added.

On Android in India and other developing markets
Google's Android One project has produced a $100 smartphone in India and since been expanded to six countries. The phones are intended to offer a full smartphone experience at a low cost.

Pichai said he sees the project as representing a great vision of what's possible with hardware at lower price points and that he hopes prices could fall by half in a few years.

 

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