Google’s Explainer-in-Chief Eric Schmidt can’t explain Apple

“As Google Inc. battles rivals ranging from Apple Inc. to Internet companies that allege it fixes its search results, Eric Schmidt has become the search giant’s peacemaker and explainer-in-chief,” Jessica E. Lessin reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“The iPhone maker has pursued numerous lawsuits against hardware makers who use Android, claiming they rip off its own designs,” Lessin reports. “Mr. Schmidt, 57 years old, recently sat down to discuss a potential antitrust suit, the Google-Apple rivalry, and whether he would consider a government post.”

Some snippets:

WSJ: How has Google’s relationship with Apple changed in the past year?
Schmidt: It’s always been on and off. Obviously, we would have preferred them to use our maps. They threw YouTube off the home screen [of iPhones and iPads]. I’m not quite sure why they did that. The press would like to write the sort of teenage model of competition, which is, ‘I have a gun, you have a gun, who shoots first?’ The adult way to run a business is to run it more like a country. They have disputes, yet they’ve actually been able to have huge trade with each other. They’re not sending bombs at each other. I think both Tim [Cook, Apple’s CEO] and Larry [Page, Google’s CEO], the sort of successors to Steve [Jobs] and me if you will, have an understanding of this state model. When they and their teams meet, they have just a long list of things to talk about.

WSJ: Are Apple and Google discussing a patent-related settlement?
Schmidt: Apple and Google are well aware of the legal strategies of each other. Part of the conversations that are going on all the time is to talk about them. It’s extremely curious that Apple has chosen to sue Google’s partners and not Google itself.

WSJ: Do you see Apple’s Siri virtual assistant as a competitor to Google search?
Schmidt: Well, it’s competition. I mean, in the antitrust filings, we actually use Siri as an example of future “non-conforming to the Web” competition , which we do worry about.

Read more in the full article here.

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What’s up with Eric Schmidt’s revisionist history of his relationship with Steve Jobs? – October 14, 2011

So, Eric Schmidt, where are those iOS-slaying Android exclusive apps? – June 7, 2012
Why Eric Schmidt’s prediction about Android vs. iOS development is dead wrong – December 15, 2011
Eric Schmidt: Google’s Android to top Apple’s iOS among developers within 6 months – December 7, 2011

48 Comments

  1. What’s interesting about googs android is that it’s open source which means it’s easily reskinned ( example kindle os ) which is probably it’s major weekness.

    Maybe in the future well see

    Kindle os , facebook os, Twitter os, samsung os!!! , all Android ( reskinned ) but not really android.

    ANDROID WILL EAT ANDROID

  2. If Apple were run like a certain country it would not have $150 billion in the bak, but instead would be $16 trillion in the hole, headed to $30 trillion. If Apple were run like a certain country, it’s current prices would all expire December 31st, with no rational way of determining what next years prices will be. If Apple were run like a country, every shopper would pay a different price, depending on how much income they had.

    I am glad Apple is not run like a country. But rather, like a shining example of free market, Western capitalism.

          1. OK, ‘publicskool’… While it’s true that the rich and poor both take entitlements, there’s a crucial difference between the two: The rich PAID for all those entitlements – and then some. So, it’s not really an entitlement for them, is it? More like you pay for your iPhone, then get it a few decades later, huh.

            1. How are there “record subisides” of oil companies when the oil companies are the largest payers of taxes to the state and Federal Government. I am pretty sure the oil companies, and their customers, subsidize the government, not the other way around. Now, all of Obama’s energy subisides are true subsidies, as he only gives money to companies that make no profits and which generally go bankrupt after laundering about $500 million in taxpayer dollars per company. Now, that is subsidy to complain about. Oh, coincidentally, the Obama subsidies are all to companies that are run by big Obama donors, till they go bankrupt.

            2. Re: “largest payers of taxes”

              Bullshit. Do a search online for: oil companies dodge paying taxes
              You’ll find article after article about oil companies being allowed to pay little to no taxes, based on tax systems put in place by the politicians they bought and paid for (read: “all of them”).
              Seriously, all of you dopes who swear allegiance to the Democrat or Republican flavor of crony-capitalism (not democracy anymore!) make me sick. You are the problem. You are the reason the corporate powers-that-be have managed to distract us into these red-versus-blue games while they steal away our freedoms.
              Wake up and recognize who your real opponents are.

              Geez!

            3. Kent – you are of course correct.

              @krioni – Stupidity can be cured. You can look at the public filings of the Oil companies. They pay in excess of $1 billion per quarter in taxes. They are among the most heavily taxed industries in existence. If they didn’t pay, the current Marxist In Charge would certainly prosecute. Now, deal with the handouts Obama is doling out to his cronies who run fraudulent “green” companies that lose billions of taxpayer dollars before filing bankruptcy. Geez!! Public schooling doesn’t produce much anymore.

            4. Blue states = makers, Red states = takers. Look it up. The majority of makers voted for Obama. Look it up. It’s the Plutocrats, the Billionaires, the 1 percent of the 1 percent who paid for their tax code, paid for their congressmen, and they’ll be damned if they don’t follow directions. Look it up. Red states by and large enjoy the entitlements that blue states provide, yet, they vote against their best interests because of some deranged, ill-informed, Fox News-faith in Guns and Religion.

    1. On the other hand, if your “certain country” were run like Apple, we’d have legal gay marriages, women’s reproductive rights, equality everywhere, reasonable distribution of wealth, excellent health plans, substantial opportunity for investing your earnings in growth retirement funds, student loan assistance, oh the list goes on.

      But sadly countries are not and can not be run like businesses, just like businesses can not be run like countries.

      1. “Reproductive rights”?? Where do you come up with this. My mom had full reproductive rights when I was born 58 years ago. Now, she was not so infantile as to “demand” that her neighbor pay for her condoms, because my mom was not a useless idiot, like those who make these demands today are. Or, by reproductive rights, do you mean the right to “kill” your unborn child?

  3. I am an apple nut, love the products, own almost all of them – I also read this news site regularly – in the last few days AAPL has dropped roughly 5% in market cap, down more than 20 points in heavy volume today – over the last 3 days, there have been many reputable stories out there that report new margin requirements, a 6 to 1 android growth advantage, and other stories that explain this latest stock plunge — yet you have reported NONE of them – instead, you stick to snarky, empty, juvenile comments related to competitors’ perceived failures – if you wanted to be taken seriously, you need to inform your readers with fairness and truth — unless you’d like to be referred to as the Fox News of blogs, capable of little more than easy propaganda – your inability to remove your rose-colored blinders has unfortunately led to a little informed, and thus, poorer audience. My guess is you’ll have nothing but fluff as a response.

      1. And as a Mac enthusiast you are only interested in the stories that make you all warm and fuzzy, forget about living in the real world. You prefer a sheltered, filtered news source. I get it, you’re soft, no worries.

    1. You must be new here.

      Nobody comes here for the broad, balanced, objective news about issues related to Apple and AAPL. We are all fans. Just like Fox News attracts people who only want to hear one side of the news, MDN attracts Apple fans. We don’t go to Android Central, we don’t go to Paul Thurrot’s “Windows Supersite”; we instead come here, to read what we like.

      Those of us who need news about other issues related to Apple, AAPL, competitors and others, complement our news with information from other sources. I don’t think ANY MDN reader is dumb enough to make investment decisions related to AAPL based only on articles in MDN (although those who did make such decisions over the past year were apparently still rewarded quite well).

      1. Idiot. Potentially negative trends for apple IS news. And the mission here is to report MACDAILYNEWS. How many stories on here are printed simply to bash other products – all of it funny and true – albeit a touch junior high fanboy – I’m simply saying, report all the apple news – good and bad – because believe it or not, they have missed earnings – top and bottom lines – 2 quarters in a row – and a news-site dedicated to all things MAC should report “all things MAC” and less “only the things MAC that keep the propaganda circle jerk going.”

        1. Calling Pedrag an “idiot” only serves to demonstrate that YOU are vacuous.

          Let’s spell this out once again –
          The mission here is to report warm, fuzzy and positive news regarding Apple and to inveigh and denigrate Apple’s competitors (and slag off Democrats).

          Is that too hard to understand?

          It’s very simple.

          If you want in depth analysis of Apple, you will find the appropriate links down the left hand side of this window.

          Please don’t take your life failings out on the dear an gentle MDN reader.

          Now Fsck off.

            1. Also, “slag off democrats?” Are you fucking stupid? The entirety of Apple’s Executives – creative and otherwise, not to mention Steve jobs – not only vote democrat, but also donate heavily. Perhaps “democrat” means something else in the land where blokes use the words “slag off” in conversation.

            2. You’re obviously new here.

              MDN has consistently been heavily conservative (with respect to the American political discourse), and consistently “slagging off” the American liberal wing.

              And it has consistently been providing the kind of news Apple fans come here to read about. The other kind can be found elsewhere (as I had mentioned, and skylark specified.

    2. Oddly enough, Tjk, virtually all of the points you mention are posted as threads above and below this, and there have been many comments recently about Apple’s stock situation. I would suggest that you are being very selective about what you read and comment on.

    3. The “android growth advantage”, like the similar “market share advantage” is irrelevant when the iPhone leads in all the ways that count: profits, apps sales, and internet use. We all know Android makers are flooding the market with cheap sh*tty phones. That’s not changing anything, because the people buying these phones are barely using them for anything other than making calls and texts.

      The inability of fandroids to understand this simple fact explains why they remain so flabbergasted that the best apps continue to be developed for iPhone first.

      ——RM

  4. Mole’s usually burrow down, he may be soon be moving up, gaining and wielding greater powers….

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/treasury-secretary-google/article/2515054#.UL98KqXbW68

    “Treasury Secretary Google?

    December 4, 2012 | 3:07 pm | Modified: December 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Already a winner on the business front for his support and guidance to President Obama and his reelection campaign, there is growing speculation that Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is in line for an even bigger payoff: secretary of either Treasury or Commerce or a new “secretary of business” slot.

    Cabinet shakeup watchers have focused on Schmidt and his Yoda status in the Obama reelection campaign, Google’s massive $1.9 million to Democrats in the election, and the administration’s efforts to quiet a potential Federal Trade Commission investigation of Google as key signs that the president wants Schmidt in the cabinet.

    “Nobody’s better positioned for a Cabinet job, if he wants one,” said a Democratic strategist.

    Since Obama ran for national office, Google has been there with money and advice. Way back in 2007, Obama visited Google HQ and said, “What we shared is a belief in changing the world from the bottom up, not from the top down.”

    Ever since, it’s been a match made in heaven.

    Schmidt stood with Obama during his first 2008 post-election press conference.

    When Obama started to push for a new round of stimulus spending in 2011, Schmidt was a cheerleader. Google’s political action committee delivered $1.6 million to Democrats in 2008 and over $700,000 to Obama in the last election.

    At a recent Politico breakfast, Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina mentioned only Schmidt as his go-to guy. Schmidt was at Obama campaign headquarters on Election Day when Obamavisited.

    It’s potentially good for Google too: As the FTC looks to probe Google, Obama nominated for a Republican vacancy a GOP professor with a record of fighting anti-trust enforcement and whose work was backed by groups supported by Google. On Monday, the nominee, Joshua Wright, said he would recuse himself from Google cases.

    Now as speculation grows of Schmidt taking a cabinet post, critics are drawing attention to the closeness of the administration-Google relationship. “Support in 2008, plus support in 2012, plus personal counsel by Schmidt to Messina in 2012, may now equal a plum cabinet post,” said one.”

    1. We are doomed. Schmidt is no economist and as Sec of Treas he would be a disaster looking for a place to happen. This is a true nightmare and will do nothing to help our economy. They might as well ask Steve Schmidt to take the job as he has more policy experience that Eric T. Mole.

  5. so this guy schmidt cannot explain the reasonings of his compititor apple, and yet he is probably going to be Treasury Secretary. god bless the americans, and the world for that matter

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