Speaking on Tuesday at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Google CEO Eric Schmidt answered an audience member’s question by rhetorically asking, “When will smartphone cost what feature phones cost? The answer is next year. It’s Moore's Law."
"Schmidt's expectation that Android smartphones will be available between $100-$150 by next year already looks inevitable and will begin to redefine the handset market as a whole,” Ovum principal analyst Tony Cripps in a statement. “The eventual goal of seeing the price of Android devices brought down into the $70 range also looks realistic to us with the advancement of technology and huge economies of scale that are starting to drive the Android economy. Android's astonishing growth so far may well look modest in coming years”.