Eric Schmidt: Apple and Google relationship improving

By , Jul 12, 2013

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Last year, the war between Apple and Google reached epic proportions. Not only were the two squaring off in the mobile platform space, and in the courtroom, but Apple actually booted Google’s YouTube and Maps apps off the pre-installed list in iOS.

But things are calming down between the two tech titans, according to Google’s Eric Schmidt. The executive chairman had nothing but nice things to say about the iPad-maker, telling reporters at the Sun Valley retreat that he “has a lot of respect for Apple…”

Bloomberg reports:

“Eric Schmidt, the search provider’s executive chairman, said the companies are getting along better after they clashed over mobile software on the iPhone last year. Schmidt, who left Apple’s board in 2009, said he has “a lot of respect for Apple,” while speaking to a group of reporters today at Allen & Co.’s annual conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.”

Tim Cook and his SVP of Internet software and services Eddy Cue are also attending the Sun Valley conference this week, alongside nearly 300 other executives. And apparently the CEO crossed paths with Google’s chief business officer Nikesh Arora at one point.

“Moments later, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook walked by, prompting Nikesh Arora, Google’s chief business officer, to shout out: “Tim, everybody here wants to take your picture!” Cook complied, without saying anything.

“We got Tim to smile,” Schmidt said. “Always a good thing.”

As for the future of Apple and Google’s relationship, Schmidt says that the two sides are in “constant, constant business discussions” over a number of various issues. And he finishes the interview by noting they’re just “two proud, well-run, different companies.”

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  • chiraagnt

    LOL Awesome haha! Google has killer internet services and apple has kickass phones!

    • Jackson Grong

      …And tablets and computers and music players!
      …And then your money is gone.

      • isdonfoisdnofi

        Try one Apple device. Your money will be gone before you can pay it in full.

  • TuNuT

    C’mon, Apple! Bring us back Google Maps/Youtube & make them native iOS apps. Thank you…

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Youtube, perhaps. Maps, no way. Apple spent a lot on their own maps.

    • Franck Kamayou

      They are better off as App Store apps, because they can be updated more frequently.

      • RarestName

        The older Maps app was smoother :(

      • ze_rusty

        time to upgrade your 3gs.

      • RarestName

        I’m on a 4S.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Yeah, it’s the typical Apple. Just like with iOS 4 on the 3G, it’s some magic bit Apple has added as of iOS 6 to ensure iPhone 5 are “twice as fast” as the previous gen…it’s just software intentionally slowing down the device for greedy/business reasons.

    • Kartik Dhawan

      Doesnt make a doesn’t make a difference…

      At least they r on the AppStore :D

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        When some body sends you there location on whatsapp or any other app, the location opens in apple maps which does not provide directions or anything in india. How can they force these useless maps on us.

      • Kartik Dhawan

        I support you.

        Actually I myself am from India :P
        I suffer from the same disease xD
        By the way if u want you can open the it in Google Maps if u want..
        It’s a jailbrak Tweak.

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        Ya, but i kind of got stuck on 6.1.4 so i updated to ios 7

    • Liam Mulcahy

      If apple did those apps have to be better than in iOS 5. Back at iOS 5 those where the worst apps.

  • Barry

    I actually don’t miss Apple’s Youtube app. When I upgraded to iOS 6 though.. I was at first, but I’ve really grown to the Youtube App by Google.

    • Pankaj Rana

      ProTuber……..

  • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

    Just like the relationship between the US and China is improving, the relationship between Apple and Google is doing better too. Right…

    If they keep repeating that to themselves, maybe it will actually happen.

    The two companies can’t stand each other, but they obviously can’t say that in an interview. Let’s just pretend to be friends in the eyes of everybody, but let’s go back to court asap, shall we?

    • Raul Henriquez

      I don’t think you understand Apple and Google Culture and what it is to run an protect a fortune 500. This is the bottom line and I quote Eric Schimidt from the above article saying that the two sides are in “constant, constant business discussions” over a number of various issues. And he finishes the interview by noting they’re just “two proud, well-run, different companies.”

  • MarcPhilippeB

    So basically, Tim didn’t say anything and squeezed out a forced smile. The relations seem to be pretty good though!

  • pauleebe

    The war was really Steve Jobs vs. Google …

  • felixtaf

    Modern Cold War!

  • Anthony Antunez

    I hope this means Siri will eventually switch to Google for search. Having Bing for Siri search was the one underwhelming part of the iOS 7 reveal for me.