Eric Schmidt, Google‘s executive chairman, has recently had a discussion with Wall Street Journal about the relations between Android and Apple, the Google Play Store, and all other things related to Google products and competition. Their talk was quite long, so we will extract only the most important bits of the interview:
WSJ: How has Google‘s relationship with Apple changed in the past year?
Mr. 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 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.
WSJ: Are Apple and Google discussing a patent-related settlement?
Mr. 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: What’s the endgame of all of this patent litigation?
Mr. Schmidt: It’ll continue for a while. Google is doing fine. Apple is doing fine. Let me tell you the loser here. There’s a young [Android co-founder] Andy Rubin trying to form a new version of Danger [the smartphone company Mr. Rubin co-founded before Android]. How is he or she going to be able to get the patent coverage necessary to offer version one of their product? That’s the real consequence of this.
WSJ: Is Google looking at owning a wireless network?
Mr. Schmidt: I’m sure we will discuss this, but at the moment we’re busy working on wireline [Internet]. This Kansas City stuff [where Google is rolling out a high-speed fiber network] is extraordinarily exciting, and we’re focusing on that.
WSJ: Developers currently earn more from building Apple apps than Android apps.
Mr. Schmidt: Google Play [Google‘s app store] and the monetization just started working well in the last year, maybe the last six months. The volume is indisputable, and with the volume comes the opportunity and the luxury of time.
WSJ: What do you think of Microsoft‘s new operating system Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8?
Mr. Schmidt: I have not used it, but I think that Microsoft has not emerged as a trendsetter in this new model yet.
Source: Wall Street Journal