By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015
Google’s former CEO and Chairman, Eric Schmidt, has a penchant for exaggeration. Not just infamous for telling bad jokes, Eric is known for going into a sputter when pressed on Google’s privacy practices and making platitudinous statements on Android and rivalry with Apple that earn him headlines.
The iPhone 6, for example, he dissed by stating that “Samsung had these products a year ago”. Sometimes, he can’t control himself to the point of risking public ridicule over claims like “Android is more secure than the iPhone”.
No doubt a talented technology executive, he’s such a multi-layered personality and it’s therefore perfectly fine to ask ourselves what principles guide Schmidt’s thinking. Does he have a personal hero he looks up to, both in tech and outside of the technology industry? Read More
By Jake Smith on Sep 24, 2014
Google chairman Eric Schmidt didn’t have positive things to say about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus released to much fanfare last week, as you may expect. Schmidt, who is often credited with speaking loosely, had a bold response when a Bloomberg interviewer asked how he felt about people lined up around the block for the new iPhone. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2013
Google chairman Erich Schmidt is definitely on a roll these days. He first posted a guide on how to convert from iPhone to Android which draw much ridicule in suggesting that the latest high-end phones from Samsung, Motorola and Google represent “a great Christmas present to an iPhone user” because these devices have “better screens, are faster and have a much more intuitive interface”.
Now, Schmidt’s attention turns to Amazon‘s conceptual sci-fi Prime Air service that will use miniature everyday drones to deliver packages at customers’ doorsteps. This, according to Schmidt, constitutes a serious violation of privacy because the drone technology can be used to spy on neighbors and record your private activities… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 25, 2013
In an odd move, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt posted a step-by-step guide on his Google+ page yesterday, detailing how he recommends users go about switching from iPhone to Android. The guide is both lengthy and detailed.
Schmidt says his reason for posting the guide is that many of his “iPhone friends are converting to Android.” And he claims that like the folks who moved from PC to Mac and never looked back, Android users will never switch back… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 8, 2013
Back in August, an unclassified US government report on mobile security surfaced with data showing the various malware threats discovered on different platforms. And Android took the top spot, accounting for nearly 80% of all threats.
With that in mind, it’s not surprising that Eric Schmidt garnered some laughs yesterday during a question-and-answer session at the Gartner Symposium, when he said that the Android platform was more secure than Apple’s iPhone… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 12, 2013
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…” Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2013
An alleged promo video thought to show off an unreleased build of Google Now for the iPhone and iPad has piqued our interest, as you could imagine. It was pulled from YouTube soon after, posing questions about the state of the official Google Now software for Apple’s mobile platform.
Speaking at the Google Big Tent Summit in India, Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt hints Google Now has been submitted to Apple for approval. He suggested the ball is now in Apple’s court. If approved, Google Now features are likely to be added to the Internet giant’s native Search iOS app.
Update: Apple confirmed to CNET that Google never submitted Google Now to the App Store in the first place… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 12, 2012
Google chairman Eric Schmidt thinks his company is clearly winning the smartphone war with Apple and he goes on the record to say it in no ambiguous terms. The numbers certainly support Android’s position as the world’s most popular smartphone platform in terms of volume.
According to Gartner, both Samsung and Apple controlled nearly half the world’s smartphone market in the third quarter, or 46.5 percent. When it comes to mobile operating system share for smartphones, Android is in the clear lead with nearly three-quarters the market, or 72.4 percent, up from 52 percent in the year-ago quarter. Apple’s iOS held 13.9 percent. However, when it comes to the profits, Apple leads smart device profits and by a large margin, too… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 5, 2012
Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and now executive board member, recently sat down to talk with Jessica E. Lessin of The Wall Street Journal. During the interview, he fielded several interesting questions about a variety of things including Google’s current relationship status with Apple, their continuous run-ins with patent litigation, and more… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2012
Google chairman Eric Schmidt sat down with The Wall Street Journal tech columnists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher last night to talk Maps, Apple and Android. “Apple should have kept our maps”, he remarked. “Apple decided a long time ago to do their own maps”, he revealed, suggesting Google very well knew way in advance that the iPhone maker would nuke Google Maps from orbit on iOS devices.
He also talks about the epic iOS versus Android fight and comments what it would take to persuade him to become an Apple CEO. A couple more highlights and a nice video right after the break… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2012
Google chairman Eric Schmidt is in South Korea to help with the launch of Nexus 7 in the country. As always, the outspoken executive defended Google’s position on patents and addressed Apple’s legal victory in the high-profile patent infringement case against South Korea-based Samsung.
Long story short, Schmidt is dissatisfied with Apple’s efforts to fight Android backers in the courtroom, insisting that companies should compete with products. Of course patent disputes are hurting consumer choice and preventing innovation, Schmidt underscored. According to one patent expert, Android has infringed upon a total of 17 valid Apple and Microsoft patents. Plus, don’t miss out on Schmidt dancing in Korea, Gangnam style… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2012
Google chairman Eric Schmidt offered some candid remarks when venture capitalist Peter Thiel asserted the search company has no creativity as to what to do with its $50+ billion cash hoard. Google is like a bank that generates an enormous cash flow, but it’s no longer a technology company, that’s Thiel’s challenge to Schmidt. Watch him destroy Google’s chairman in a video embedded right after the break and feel free to opine down in the comments… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2012
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, an annual retreat Apple CEO Tim Cook also attended, that it was always Google’s intention to make its own hardware though he didn’t go as far as to call the search giant a hardware company. But in reality, Google more than just dipped its toes in hardware.. Read More