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Google's Eric Schmidt on the relationship with Apple: the adults are talking now

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Google's Eric Schmidt on the relationship with Apple: the adults are talking now

Google's Eric Schmidt sat down with the Wall Street Journal for an interview, mainly focused on the strained relationship with Apple, involving patent lawsuits, and Google's services disappearing from iOS devices. Here are some notable excerpts from the discussion:

WSJ: How has Google's relationship with Apple changed in the past year?

Mr. Schmidt: 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...

WSJ: What's the endgame of all of this patent litigation?

Mr. Schmidt: It'll continue for a while. Google is doing fine. Apple is doing fine. Let me tell you the loser here.

There's a young [Android co-founder] Andy Rubin trying to form a new version of Danger [the smartphone company Mr. Rubin co-founded before Android]. How is he or she going to be able to get the patent coverage necessary to offer version one of their product? That's the real consequence of this...

WSJ: Despite's Android's growth, app developers complain that they have to build different versions for different Android devices.

Mr. Schmidt: Because some of the phones are down the road. But if everybody's at [version] 4.0 or 4.1, it is in fact compatible.

WSJ: Developers currently earn more from building Apple apps than Android apps.

Mr. Schmidt: Google Play [Google's app store] and the monetization just started working well in the last year, maybe the last six months. The volume is indisputable, and with the volume comes the opportunity and the luxury of time.

WSJ: Do you see Apple's Siri virtual assistant as a competitor to Google search?

Mr. Schmidt: Well, it's competition. I mean, in the antitrust filings, we actually use Siri as an example of future "non-conforming to the Web" competition , which we do worry about.

WSJ: How does Google respond to hardware partners wondering whether you are now competing with them?

Mr. Schmidt: We are and we're not. When we bought Motorola, I personally flew to Samsung, who's the number-one partner of Android by volume.

I told them that the [Android] ecosystem has to be favored at all costs...the Motorola products can't be unduly favored, unless you're also unduly favoring Samsung. If it looks unfair, and then the ecosystem unravels, then it's a terrible mistake.

WSJ: What do you think of Microsoft's new operating system Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8?

Mr. Schmidt: I have not used it, but I think that Microsoft has not emerged as a trendsetter in this new model yet.

WSJ: There is regular speculation that you might be tapped for a government post. Are you interested?

Mr. Schmidt: I said last time and I've said again that Google is my home. I have no interest in working for the federal government.

source: WSJ (subscription req'd)

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posted on 05 Dec 2012, 05:27 31

1. GUNDAM (Posts: 63; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

like a boss

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 22:22 5

19. ScottSchneider (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

I got Goosebumps when I read it... He's the Real Boss... Bullseye...

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 05:34 19

2. Cyan3boN (Posts: 446; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

this guy should be the next president of US.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 05:53 2

3. wendygarett (unregistered)

But he says Google is his home and he never work for the government...

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 06:33 5

5. GUNDAM (Posts: 63; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


posted on 05 Dec 2012, 08:09 3

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

LOOOL @mareep!...........O and yea the tone of this convo says that hes definitely BOSS!

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 18:56

16. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


posted on 05 Dec 2012, 05:55 10

4. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

Like him lot.....

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:07 12

6. mayur007 (Posts: 577; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

blunt and sharp ...
Right on the spot ..

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:14 9

7. Danre (Posts: 85; Member since: 02 Sep 2012)

Mature guy...

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 18:57 3

17. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:41 8

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 24941; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

That was one fine interview. Very interesting.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:08 2

10. xtplnet (Posts: 61; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

Nokia Should Fire stephen elop and hire Eric Schmidt as CEO and we will get Best of all ecosystem.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:39 2

11. easymomo (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

No Way !
We, Android fans would never let that happen :-)

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 10:28 2

12. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

That's a great idea, Nokia would have Android running on their phones... That's a great plus.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 13:51 2

14. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

A Nokia Android phone would be awesome.

Their cameras are out of this world, and the screens are pretty decent. Throw Android on the Lumia 920, and I'd probably buy it. At the very least, I'd consider it.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 10:40

13. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Honest interview. Kinda curious what does he think on the specific patents Apple is suing Samsung for, yet they are part of the Android ecosystem, icon arrangement, two finger zoom, double tap, bouncing menu etc.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 18:55 1

15. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

That's exactly my question. why bother going after GOOGLE's partners they share their sales from phones and the apps purchase download goes to Googles pocket. But what bugs me the most they file injunction against HTC WHICH REALLY TICKS everyone off now they won a huge dumb a$$ settlement against the #1 phone maker but they won't go after GOOGLE when they created the ANDROID OS. WTF is going on. and Eric is a SMART CEO. Unlike some CEO's out their.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 19:25 1

18. Amiya (Posts: 11; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

He is a nice person....

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