“The fight between Google and Apple over mobile devices is great for consumers, but the patent wars that have resulted are awful, said Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, in conversation tonight with our own Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher,” Liz Gannes reports for AllThingsD. “‘The Android-Apple platform fight is the defining fight in the industry today,’ he said.”
“As for patent battles, Schmidt said he couldn’t talk about them for two reasons. First, he said, he doesn’t understand all the details; and second, the topic makes him too upset,” Gannes reports. ““These patent wars are death,” Schmidt said, noting that software is always overlapping and there are an estimated 200,000 patents covering the software industry.”
Gannes reports, “Will Google make a new maps app for Apple devices? Schmidt gave the same non-answer he has given before. ‘I don’t want to pre-announce products, but I can tell you that were we to do that Apple would have to approve it,’ he said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Delusional mole. One of Steve Jobs’ biggest mistakes was trusting you. You can take your maps and put them where the sun doesn’t shine.
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