Former Apple board member Eric Schmidt has stepped down and Google co-founder Larry page will be replacing him as Google CEO. The announcement came during Google's earnings call today.

  • Starting from April 4, Larry Page, Google Co-Founder, will take charge of Google's day-to-day operations as Chief Executive Officer.
  • Sergey Brin, Google Co-Founder, will devote his energy to strategic projects, in particular working on new products.
  • Eric Schmidt will assume the role of Executive Chairman, focusing externally on deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership--all of which are increasingly important given Google's global reach. Internally, he will continue to act as an advisor to Larry and Sergey.

Under Schmidt Google achieved amazing technological and financial results but at the same time became heavily competitive in Apple's key businesses and became embroiled in several controversies that cast significant doubt on their once widely hailed "don't be evil" motto, including backing down on net neutrality with Verizon, allowing carriers to mutilate the open Android experience, and privacy concerns involving Buzz and Wi-Fi data collection, among others. Could Larry Page bring back a kinder, more customer and product-centric Google? Or is it exactly as @EricSchmidt tweeted following the announcement?

Day-to-day adult supervision no longer needed!

Love or hate Google they're responsible for tons of good stuff on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad including the data feed for Maps and YouTube, and services and apps like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Mobile, Latitude, Google Earth, and Google Voice. How, if at all, will this change in leadership effect their relationship with Apple and Apple users?