The relationship between Google Inc and Apple Inc has improved over the
past year with the rival technology companies and sometimes partners
conducting "lots and lots" of meetings, Google Executive Chairman Eric
Schmidt did not provide details about the nature of the
meetings during comments to reporters at the annual Allen and Co media
conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on Thursday. He noted that Google Chief
Business Officer Nikesh Arora, who joined him at the press briefing, was
leading many of the discussions.
The two companies are in "constant business discussions on a long list of issues," Schmidt said.
once sat on Apple's board of directors, but the relationship between
the two companies has frayed as competition has increased. Apple created
the smartphone market with its iconic iPhone, but Google's Android
mobile software is now featured on three of every four smartphones sold
Apple has sought to lessen its reliance on Google's
online services, most famously in 2012 when it dumped Google's Maps
product in favor of its own mapping software. Apple's maps service
however proved to be ridden with errors, and Google ended up updating
its map application for the latest version of Apple's iPhone.
world's No.1 Internet search company, Google has moved to extend its
reach into new markets in recent years, acquiring mobile phone maker
Motorola Mobility, offering high-speed Internet service in a few U.S.
cities and developing wearable computers and technology for self-driving
Schmidt said that Google's self-driving automobile
technology was years, rather than decades away from commercial
availability but that "the exact way in which it all plays out is not
obvious to me."
"The technology has to be right. The regulation
has to be right. The partnerships have to be right," he said, noting
that Google has talked to "every single car company."
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