“The media speculation about why Eric Schmidt is ceding the Google chief executive role to Larry Page is ‘completely false,’ Schmidt told a group of reporters Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,” Adam Lashinsky reports for Fortune.
Lashinsky reports, “Schmidt also challenged the assertion that Google is locked in a competitive battle with Facebook. ‘We have a competitor called Microsoft,” he said. “Microsoft has more cash, more engineers, more global reach. We see competition from Microsoft every day.'”
“Schmidt also took on Google’s competition with Apple. Google partners with Apple, he said, on search, maps and YouTube. It competes, of course, on phones. Google also might in theory compete with Apple’s Macintosh computer business with its Chrome OS hardware that Google hopes ‘to announce later this year,’ Schmidt said,” Lashinsky reports. “‘Steve is absolutely brilliant,’ said Schmidt, referring to Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, where Schmidt was a longtime board member. ‘(He’s) the most successful CEO in the world anywhere.’ Comparing Apple’s iPhone and iPad platform to Android, he said: ‘They managed to build an elegant, scalable, closed system. Google is attempting to do something with a completely different approach.'”
MacDailyNews Take: Yes, completely different: Android is messy, not very scalable (note the long and continuing wait for a true pretend iPad base don Android), and fragmented.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lydell C.” for the heads up.]