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CTIA: Big Three CEO’s Talk Innovation, Environment And Connection In Keynote Session

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega Keynoting at CTIA 2011 (photo: TDG LLC)

Here in San Diego at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show the setting was much more subdued for today’s power hour of CEO keynotes. Former Seattle Seahawk and CTIA President, Steve Largent, opened up the keynote this morning.

Largent talked about the wireless’ industry’s response to national catastrophes and of course the catastrophe that is the “Spectrum Crunch” insuring attendees that our country is indeed in the need of more spectrum.  At one point Largent suggested there weren’t many industry’s ready to give the government billions of dollars, except of course the wireless industry to free up more spectrum.

At last years opening day Keynotes the CEO’s of all four tier 1 carriers, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile were to square off, moderated by Mad Money’s, Jim Cramer. After the AT&T/T-Mobile announcement T-Mobile’s CEO pulled out leaving an interesting showdown between Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse, Verizon Wireless CEO, Dan Mead and AT&T Mobility CEO, Ralph de la Vega.  Each CEO threw punches last year about the other’s carrier.

More after the break

Eric Schmidt On Android Releases: Gingerbread & Honeycomb Are Current..

Although we’ve already heard that the next release of Android will be called Ice Cream Sandwich, Eric Schmidt clarified the Google Android releases today in the Q&A portion of his keynote address.

Schmidt said that there are two very distinct current versions of Android, Gingerbread which is for phones and Honeycomb which is for tablets.  He then made the connection between Gingerbread, the letter G, and desert and also Honeycomb, the letter H and desert. Of course we all knew this already. He however went on to say that the next version of Android would combine the best of both Gingerbread and Honeycomb, be a desert and start with the letter “I”.

What really bothers us about these being the “current” releases is that Google should stop allowing manufacturers to release phones with lesser versions once they say the new version is current. So yes the Motorola Atrix 4G, HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Galaxy S 4g, all these phones which will launch in the coming weeks are, according to Schmidt, not running the current version of Android and therefore outdated.

Schmidt also said they would release on 6 month cycles. You may remember last year under pressure it was reported that Google was slowing down to annual releases.

Here’s the thing though. In the press materials for at this mornings HTC press conference it said the new HTC Facebook phones the Cha-Cha (Slide) and (the chips and) Salsa would be running Android 2.4, Gingerbread.

Hopefully there will be more clarity on this later.

TDG Live: Google’s Eric Schmidt Keynote #mwc11-

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6:51PM Schmidt thanks everyone

6:51PM “with your permission” gives the user choice

6:50PM “we are not trying to violate peoples privacy”

6:50PM David Goldman CNN Money asks Schmidt about privacy

6:50PM Last Question next

6:49PM Eric Schmidt: “Chrome OS can’t get a virus”

6:48PM <editorial> not too sure why there was no picture taking

6:46PM We have not yet come up with the “killer ed app”

6:44PM Schmidt: We are very very proud of Wael and that group were able to do an Egypt: They were able to use Facebook and twitter. Schmidt has talked to Wael Ghonim and expressed his gratitude

6:43PM Question about Nokia: Schmidt: we would like them to consider Android in the future

6:42PM Facebook is an addative and Facebook users use Google more. Facebook

6:42PM Our main competitor today is Microsoft.. made joke about stealing results

6:42PM: Do you believe Facebook is your main competitor

6:41PM Schmidt just addressed his medical comments basic understanding is a detailed medalert bracelet with your histories and diagnosis at your fingertips

6:39PM Eric seems really upbeat throughout today.. This is a little different then previous times anyone else agree

6:36PM question about Ipv6

6:35PM Leanback system of youtube which if you tell it who your friends are it will suggest more videos for you. Making it more social

6:34PM “Ive been very impressed with the monetization of the apps in the Apple ecosystem” -Eric Schmidt

6:33PM “We work as a triumvrate”

6:33PM Larry told Eric “You get to fly more”

6:33PM: Question about WAC and “Do you think larry should be here instead of you”

6:32PM: The next release of Android will be “I” and combine the releases of Gingerbread and Honeycomb

6:31PM: Question: When will we see devices for Chrome OS

6:28PM: Schmidt replied: We like Twitter I like to tweet

6:27PM: Journalist just asked Eric about Twitter rumor

6:26pm Schmidt just said Larry thinks we should offer something called Google Bucks and Schmidt said this probably won’t happen now talking security of NFC

Continue reading more of our Liveblog from Eric Schmidt’s keynote at MWC11 after the break