Google CEO (and Apple board member) Schmidt addresses delicate iPhone relationship

“Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt on Wednesday detailed the sensitive nature of his membership on the board of Apple Inc., as both companies seek to expand Internet use on mobile devices like Apple’s iPhone,” John Letzing reports for MarketWatch.

“Schmidt, addressing an event in San Francisco sponsored by Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, said ‘the vast majority’ of searches done through Google via mobile phones now come from the iPhone,” Letzing reports.

Although Schmidt explained that due to Gogle’s Android mobile device OS offering he must occasionally be excused from Apple board meetings, he noted it was very infrequent that he had to do so. As to whether he might ultimately be prompted to resign from Apple’s board. “It has not so far.”

Letzing reports, “Google’s CEO sought to draw a distinction between the iPhone and the devices expected some time in the fourth quarter that will use Google’s Android operating system. They ‘will likely be quite different,’ he said, though he did not offer details.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

18 Comments

  1. I can’t even begin to imagine how awkward that must have been…

    I still don’t need an iPhone – yet, so I’m kinda hoping google would come up with something useful for plain cellphones.

  2. Andriod is planned and is in line with killing Windows Mobile and is not aimed at the iPhone. As a cell phone makers that are making smart phones with Windows Mobile don’t have enough market mass to compete with the old iPhone let alone the iPhone G3. These small smart phone makers are already suffering from higher manufacturing cost and very low margins then with having to pay MS for Win Mobile on top of it many are going to come to one conclusion, Why pay MS when Android is free.
    Zip, Zap, Zoop as they say is the market for independent smart phones, and Win Mobile is left on the side of the Wireless highway, looking to hitch a ride back to Redmond.

  3. In other news, a Microsoft board member and manure saleswoman, Anita Crapper, has had to excuse herself from so many Microsoft meetings, sighting ‘conflicts of interest’ that she quit going altogether, so to speak….

  4. Imagine Eric Schmidt in an Apple board meeting, and his new Android phone rings. I’d love to see Steve Jobs’ face ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Google is targeting Microsoft, not Apple. The big issue for Google will be that it will have a very difficult time competing in the corporate market, because it won’t have Exchange support (Ballmer would grow hair on his head before he’d sign a licensing deal with Google, no matter the cash involved) and won’t be able to counter RIM’s Blackberry functions.

    Really, Android will be an alternative for consumers who don’t want Microsoft Mobile phones, who don’t have/need Exchange, but who would like to have their calendar, contacts, and email on their phones. It will also allow manufacturers to use Android on inexpensive mobile phones, something Microsoft can’t do (nor does Apple want to do it right now).

  6. @jubei

    Give him his walking papers. He’s like a double agent. LOL

    Maybe he can be turned.

    A Google phone paid for by advertising will cost you maybe three times as much as an Apple phone. First we’ll start with the premise that the Apple guys and the Google guys are equally skilled and productive and the cost or writing equally good software is the same. Apple is paid directly by the consumers, Google is paid for by the companies who pay for the advertising who all have boards and shareholders who want their cut. These companies pay advertising agencies who have boards and shareholders who want their cut. But this is only the software, the hardware is supplied by some other companies, each with a board and shareholders who want their cut. There are other costs/savings too, for example Apple sells about half of its product directly to customers whereas most of the others sales go through resellers, who also need to profit.

    Google will be subsumed by the peeps behind MS if it hasn’t been already ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    That’s the modus operandi, they aren’t bright enough to innovate anything but they are powerful enough to take over anything that looks big enough to be a thorn in their sides.

  7. Windows Mobile is not the enemy they are aiming at, nor is it RIM, but Nokia.

    If the iPhone takes the top end of the market, this leaves Android to take the free end of the market leaving Nokia no where to hide.

    I wish Apple had introduced a greater range of iPhones – Nano (4 Gb no GPS or camera for $99 PAYG) and a high end 32 Gb 5 megapixel camera version at $399.

  8. I’m looking forward to seeing an Android phone/pda/gadget.
    I love my Touch, and I am looking forward to getting an iPhone, but I also am interested in seeing what Android can do.
    If it has a good UI then maybe finally Apple will have some competition, which is not a bad thing.

    I already know it has a quite good development system. It will make things interesting.

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