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Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Says Apple and Google Will Resolve Issues 'the Adult Way'

Google Executive Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt recently sat down for a wide-ranging interview (subscription required) with The Wall Street Journal and in addressing his company's relationship with Apple noted that the two companies would resolve their issues like adults. He said that while explaining Apple and Google's relationship over the past year, which has included Apple taking Google Maps and YouTube out of iOS.
It's always been on and off. Obviously, we would have preferred them to use our maps. They threw YouTube off the home screen [of iPhones and iPads]. I'm not quite sure why they did that.

The press would like to write the sort of teenage model of competition, which is, 'I have a gun, you have a gun, who shoots first?'

The adult way to run a business is to run it more like a country. They have disputes, yet they've actually been able to have huge trade with each other. They're not sending bombs at each other.

I think both Tim [Cook, Apple's CEO] and Larry [Page, Google's CEO], the sort of successors to Steve [Jobs] and me if you will, have an understanding of this state model. When they and their teams meet, they have just a long list of things to talk about.
Schmidt went on to note that Apple and Google talk about patent litigation and how Apple is currently embroiled in legal drama with Google's Android partners rather than Google itself. He also noted that the litigation would continue for "a while" and that the big loser is not Apple or Google, but a smaller company trying to get an operating system off the ground as they wouldn't have the necessary patent coverage.

Recently, Google updated its Search app to include its Siri competitor. Schmidt tells The Wall Street Journal that Google does, in fact, list Siri as an example of the future "non-conforming to the Web" competition. Google also has Safari-competitor Chrome available in the App Store and is reportedly moving closer to submitting Google Maps for iOS.

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24 months ago

Theft is still theft, Eric.


Saying that Google stole Apple's ideas for Android is like saying that the second car maker to come along stole the first one's ideas by using wheels and seats.

Things like touch scrolling, icons, etc. were the natural progression of cel phones in general. Not to mention, Apple has copied their share of features, too, like the notification center.
Rating: 35 Votes
24 months ago
Theft is still theft, Eric.
Rating: 34 Votes
24 months ago
The "adult way"? The "adult way" would have been to NOT STEAL from Apple when you were a mole on Apple's board, Eric.
Rating: 26 Votes
24 months ago
What he means by adult:


Rating: 21 Votes
24 months ago
Does this man have an ethical bone in his body?
Rating: 18 Votes
24 months ago
1, 2, 3, 4 - I declare a thumb war.
Rating: 15 Votes
24 months ago

Saying that Google stole Apple's ideas for Android is like saying that the second car maker to come along stole the first one's ideas by using wheels and seats.

Things like touch scrolling, icons, etc. were the natural progression of cel phones in general. Not to mention, Apple has copied their share of features, too, like the notification center.


Ok guys new Drinking game!

When someone mentions "Notification centre" when talking about iOS vs Android you have to take a chug.
Rating: 15 Votes
24 months ago

Ok guys new Drinking game!

When someone mentions "Notification centre" when talking about iOS vs Android you have to take a chug.


*chug*

Doesn't make it any less true though.
Rating: 13 Votes
24 months ago

Again, not going point by point. Pinch to zoom would be one. Rubber banding, another.


Both Pinch to Zoom and Rubber Banding are not Apple's inventions or owned by Apple though. So why do you think Google stole them from Apple exactly ?

Apple's Rubber banding patent was even discussed 2 months ago when it was declared invalid by the USPTO due to Prior art.

Anyway, anyone using "theft" to describe patent infringement doesn't have a clue as to what patents protect nor what infringement entails. No one has stolen anything from Apple. Infringing on patents is not theft. Apple is guilty of infringing many patents, you don't hear people screaming "Apple stole from Klausner! Apple stole from Creative Labs!" now do you ?
Rating: 12 Votes
24 months ago

Trying to equate himself to Steve Jobs.


If you read that quote properly, he's equating himself to Larry Page and Tim Cook to Steve Jobs.

IE, Eric was CEO of Google while Steve was CEO of Apple, and now Larry is CEO of Google while Tim is CEO of Apple

... sad that this has to be pointed out to you. Some of you guys really always want Google to be bad guys or something ? What did you think he meant ? I don't know why I bother reading the comments on these articles, it's always the same culprits trying to paint Google in a negative light.

I sure long for the days when Apple and Google were best pals. At least the forums weren't filled with such vitriol.
Rating: 12 Votes

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