Google vs Apple the industry's "defining fight" -Schmidt

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Google IncExecutive Chairman Eric Schmidt expects more than a billionmobile devices around the world to be running its Androidsoftware within a year, intensifying a battle with Apple Inc

that he called a "defining fight" of the industry.

Schmidt said there were already four times as many Androidmobile gadgets - smartphones and tablets made by the likes ofSamsung Electronics - and that the scale of theirbattle was unprecedented.

"We've not seen ... competitive fights on this scale," hesaid during an interview with tech blog AllThingsDigitalbroadcast from New York.

(Reporting By Alexei Oreskovic and Edwin Chan; Editing byMichael Urquhart)

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