Eric Schmidt

Google Executive Chairman provides a public guide for 'his friends' on switching from iPhone to Android

Eric Schmidt, former Apple board member and current Google executive chairman, has taken a few moments to write up a Google+ guide for "his friends" on switching from iPhone to Android. It's actually not bad, especially if you run the steps in reverse order. (Google, of course, would still have all your data, either way...)

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Android is 'more secure than the iPhone' claims - wait for it - Google's chairman

Eric Schmidt, former Apple board member, former CEO of Google, and one of the all-around wackiest public speakers in modern technology has reportedly once again taken stage to flabbergast and confuse proponents of logic, reason, and truthiness everywhere. John Fontana, ZDNet:

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WTF does Eric Schmidt want us to "ask Apple" about Google Now for iOS?

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, when asked about the prospects of their predictive digital assistant, Google Now, coming to iOS, reportedly lobbed the ball back into Apple's court. Mahendra Palsule of TechMeme, who was on hand at the Big Tent Conference in India, tweeted the remark:

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Eric Schmidt talks Apple, Maps, patents, and says the Android-iOS platform fight is "defining"

Eric Schmidt, the former Apple board member, Google CEO, and current Google Executive Chairman, has once again given his thoughts on the current relationship between Google and Apple, including patents Apple’s current mapping woes.

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Steve Jobs considered Android "grand theft" of iPhone ideas

According to the latest excerpt from Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Steve Jobs, HTC's introduction of what Apple considered iPhone-live made Jobs "livid" and were equated with "grand theft".

"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs said. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

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Google says Apple sues rather than innovates. Google's problem is Apple does both.

Former Google CEO, current Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, had this to say about Apple patent infringement suits against Android manufacturers.

"We have seen an explosion of Android devices entering the market and, because of our successes, competitors are responding with lawsuits as they cannot respond through innovations. I’m not too worried about this.”

Because a) he's not the one being sued and b) it's nonsense.

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Apple hid iPad from Google's Eric Schmidt?

Nilay Patel, formerly of Engadget writes on his personal blog that, according to Steven Levy's new book, The Plex, after believing Google copied the iPhone with Android, they hid iPad development from Google CEO and former Apple board member Eric Schmidt.

The acrimony was so deep, we’re told, that Jobs kept the iPad a secret from Eric Schmidt even though Schmidt was still on Apple’s board of directors while it was being developed. (Schmidt would later step down, of course.) It’s juicy stuff, and it nicely feeds right into the current iOS vs. Android narrative of the day.

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Eric Schmidt steps down, co-founder Larry Page takes over as Google CEO

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.

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Google CEO: We don't have a plan to beat Apple

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in a recent interview that they're not in competition with Apple, even while taking a little shot at the company on whose board of directors he sat during the iPhone's development.

We don't have a plan to beat Apple, that's not how we operate," Schmidt says. "We're trying to do something different than Apple and the good news is that Apple is making that very easy."

"The difference between the Apple model and the Google model is easy to understand - they're completely different. The Google model is completely open. You can basically take the software - it's free - you can modify whatever you want, you can add any kind of app, you can build any kind of business model on top of it and you can add any kind of hardware. The Apple model is the inverse."

Which is poppycock, really.

I'm as invested in Google's services as I am Apple's products, but come on. Completely open? Like any company, Google is open in what doesn't make them money and proprietary as heck in what does. Android is open (under the Apache license, not GPL -- which should give the philosophical FOSSies pause) but Google certainly hasn't opened their search or AdWords platforms. Likewise Apple open sources WebKit (which Google uses for their browser) and OpenCL and Grand Central and FaceTime, but keeps their crown jewels equally closed. So enough already with the open stuff. You give me free services so you can mine my data, I sell my soul to you to use them. Deal. Just don't insult my intelligence while doing it.

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