Schmidt expects Apple and Google to resolve disputes ‘the adult way’

by Kenny Hemphill on December 5, 2012

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has said that while Apple and Google have their differences, he expects them to resolve them like adults, and not send ‘bombs at each other.’

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Schmidt acknowledged that the relationship between the companies was strained.

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.

Schmidt also told the Journal that Microsoft was no longer among the most influential companies in the industry, and agreed that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google were the ‘gang of four’ companies who mattered most.

We had never in our industry seen four network platforms of that scale. We had seen IBM, and we had seen Microsoft. But now we have four, and the resultant competition is a huge change in the industry.

Asked about Windows 8, Schmidt responded that he hadn’t used it. ‘I think that Microsoft has not emerged as a trendsetter in this new model yet.’

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