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Google CEO Schmidt Resigns From Apple Board

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Google CEO Schmidt Resigns From Apple Board

This really isn't surprising at all...

Apple has announced that Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt is resigning from the Apple Board of Directors, a position he has held since August 2006.

"Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful," said Apple uber-guru Steve Jobs. "Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple's core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric's effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple's Board."

In fact Steve actually missed out that Google recently dismissed app stores, currently one of Apple's biggest successes of recent years. So yes, all-in-all it isn't really surprising. Whether the move severs the close ties between the two companies in a real world sense: iPhone Google Maps, YouTube and Google Search integration remains to be seen. The two probably won't go on holding hands forever but I can't see anything disrupting this mutually beneficial arrangement in the near future...

Links:

Apple Press Release

Google Management Page

AlmostDone

August 4, 2009, 11:01 am

http://www.engadget.com/2009/0...





It's just a matter of time before Google pulls the plug on Apple. They weren't too happy about Google's voice app being rejected. If Google was to withdraw all their apps from the iPhone which I think they should Apple would be in a lot of trouble. Many of their users expect youtube, google maps etc. It's their own fault really for being such greedy bums. Apple has rejected so many decent apps being released on the appstore that's why 99% are useless programs or games. They are stealing developers ideas and innovations which they can implement themselves... iWorks cough cough Google Docs. They certainly won't approve of anything that can harm iTunes sales. Mark my words Spotify will never be approved.





Apple needs Google and not the other way round. People will just buy different phones/smartphones. Google maps, youtube, earth etc has far more user base than the tiny fractions on the iPhones. Let&#8217s not forgot they only have about 2% market share. As I mentioned people will just use other handsets where Google will be available so won't affect them at all.

ilovethemonkeyhead

August 4, 2009, 1:48 pm

android on iphone please

BobaFett

August 4, 2009, 3:29 pm

I thought this was more about the FTC investigation into Google and Apple?





@ilovethemonkeyhead, while Apple's hardware design is nice there are plenty of other, higher specified lookalikes that could easily host Android. What distinguishes the iPhone from the competition, for now at least, is its software. Likewise the same can be said of Macs. I haven't heard of many people buying Mac computers to use as a Windows PC just because they love the hardware design.

Chris

August 4, 2009, 4:10 pm

Multi-touch on Android please.





And don't say 'HTC Hero', that's an HTC special and it doesn't use multi-touch to its full potential.

Tony Walker

August 4, 2009, 4:50 pm

@Andy H





I've seen a few postings where people have bought both Macbooks and iMacs for Windows usage.

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