CEOh'Snap: Google's Eric Schmidt to "Talk with Apple People" Over Continued Role on Board

When he's not borrowing CrackBerry Kevin's personal handset to snap quick pics and give Android Cassey conniptions, Google CEO Eric Schmidt is responding to reporters about his role as a member of Apple's Board of Directors in light of Google entering the operating system space -- again:

"I'll talk to the Apple people. At the moment, there's no issue,"

Since Google Chrome OS is little more than announce-ware at this point, that may be true, but it's hardly a tenable situation going forward. What this will mean to Apple/Google relations is unknown. Though right now the iPhone clearly benefits from Google data pipes, especially in the Maps app, how much do they benefit from Schmidt being on the board?

Our guess? Schmidt was using that BlackBerry camera to zoom on the unlicensed Mercedes -- and glaring Steve Jobs, that's been shadowing him since Tuesday...

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  • I welcome the Chrome OS with open arms.
    There was a time where I made fun of Mac's OS's and now I'm a religious fan of it.
    Also, Microsoft and Apple, although rivals have been "getting along" as in having Office available for Mac and such so I do not see why this would be a big problem. (Although I never use office anymore since I discovered Mac's equivalents for it)
  • I just love the picture you use. It's so cool. Back on topic. I don't think it will be much of a problem since Chrome OS is catered towards the netbook market, a market Apple claims it's not interested in.
  • No... they're not interested in the netbook market... they're going to leapfrog it and start the next big thing... the 'iTabbook'. or whatever.
  • I love how you basically say android is everything WebOS is, except WebOS is better. They are both solid smartphone OS's, and both have unique strengths and weaknesses. Nothing can match Android's notifications system (not even the iPhone, sorry), but WebOS definitely has eye candy and super awesome multitasking abilities (although both can be remedied for android using apps, this is something the average user wouldn't do...)
  • Yea, what he said . Lol