Google's Schmidt says relationship with Apple has improved

SUN VALLEY, Idaho Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:06pm EDT

1 of 5. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, talks on the new yet to be released Google produced Moto X phone at the annual Allen and Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho Resort July 11, 2013.

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SUN VALLEY, Idaho (Reuters) - The relationship between Google Inc and Apple Inc has improved over the past year with the rival technology companies and sometimes partners conducting "lots and lots" of meetings, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said.

Schmidt did not provide details about the nature of the meetings during comments to reporters at the annual Allen and Co media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on Thursday. He noted that Google Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora, who joined him at the press briefing, was leading many of the discussions.

The two companies are in "constant business discussions on a long list of issues," Schmidt said.

Schmidt once sat on Apple's board of directors, but the relationship between the two companies has frayed as competition has increased. Apple created the smartphone market with its iconic iPhone, but Google's Android mobile software is now featured on three of every four smartphones sold globally.

Apple has sought to lessen its reliance on Google's online services, most famously in 2012 when it dumped Google's Maps product in favor of its own mapping software. Apple's maps service however proved to be ridden with errors, and Google ended up updating its map application for the latest version of Apple's iPhone.

The world's No.1 Internet search company, Google has moved to extend its reach into new markets in recent years, acquiring mobile phone maker Motorola Mobility, offering high-speed Internet service in a few U.S. cities and developing wearable computers and technology for self-driving cars.

Schmidt said that Google's self-driving automobile technology was years, rather than decades away from commercial availability but that "the exact way in which it all plays out is not obvious to me."

"The technology has to be right. The regulation has to be right. The partnerships have to be right," he said, noting that Google has talked to "every single car company."

(With additional reporting by Alexei Oreskovic in San Francisco; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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Comments (7)
LaughingBoy48 wrote:
That’s nice that Schmidt is so happy after sitting in with Apple and then using Android to ruin Apple’s iPhone empire. Google is flying high in the clouds while Apple is struggling to maintain value due to the over-saturation in the smartphone market thanks to Android devices flooding the market. Google seems to be doing so much to improve its business but Apple is doing nothing or possibly moving in reverse. Google has branched out into different lines of business including hardware while Apple can only rely on selling iPhones to get its revenue. Now that the smartphone market has dried up, Apple is in a downward spiral and likely to never recover what it once had now that Steve Jobs is gone. Timid Cook is near useless as a CEO and should be taking lessons from Jeff Bezos and Larry Page on how to build up a company’s shareholder value. Apple’s high-flying days sure didn’t last very long after Android smartphones took over the smartphone industry.

Jul 11, 2013 9:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
John-Michael wrote:
I am so sick of people saying things like “Apple created the smartphone market with its iconic iPhone, but Google’s Android mobile software is now featured on three of every four smartphones sold globally.” First off, my blackberry that I owned before the ‘iconic iPhone’ allowed me to buy apps, play music, search the internet via a browser, had a touch screen, allowed me to check and respond to email and chat. I have had every iphone after the 3G, I didn’t see a point in replacing my 3G blackberry with a slower iphone. So do not think I am bashing Apple. I just see it for what it is, someone who came into the market at the right time with just the right deals. But sorry, Star Trek had tablets and communication devices that where all touch screen way before the iphone came out… So the idea is not ‘new’. It was just a matter of making it affordable.

Jul 11, 2013 10:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SanPa wrote:
Google’s autopilot system … it’s like that running the 777 landing procedure, only more grounded,

Jul 12, 2013 1:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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