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Mates again? Apple and Google are talking, says Schmidt

Not only are Apple and Google are back on speaking terms, but they’re in “constant” discussions about various issues, according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt.

The relationship between the two tech titans has become notoriously strained in recent years, as Android and iOS do battle for the hearts and minds of mobile users around the world.

The frosty relationship saw key Google apps like Maps and YouTube apps cut from the core iOS experience, while legal battles around the world have seen Apple aggressively go after Android manufacturing partners like Samsung its own Motorola company.

However, Schmidt, who was today caught wielding what could be the Moto X phone, says there are currently “lots and lots” of meetings taking place between the two companies.

Reuters quotes Big Eric as saying Apple and Google as in “constant business discussions on a long list of issues,” but didn’t reveal exactly what those issues might be.

Once close pals, the relationship between Apple and Google began to deteriorate when Google began its Android assault.

Steve Jobs claimed Google has “wholesale ripped off” iOS. A fuming Jobs called Schmidt to register his grievances and things were never quite the same between the pair.

Does this mean two of the biggest companies are likely to be spending Christmas and birthdays together? Probably not, but it may mean you’ll be reading less about boring lawsuits in the future.


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