Last night, Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt sat down for an AllThingsD talk with Walt Mossberg to discuss numerous topics. Among the many topics, Schmidt, in a not so surprising manner took to discussing his thoughts and opinion on Android, its future, and his thoughts on Apple.
The majority of the talk focused on Schmidt’s thoughts on the Android-Apple platform fight. According to Schmidt this ongoing war is “the defining fight in the industry today.” Schmidt went on to say that there is a “huge race specifically between Apple and the Android platform for additional features.” Certainly while no surprise, it has become obvious that both platforms have pushed themselves for continual innovation. Despite your thoughts on the matter, there is no doubt that both Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Apple’s iOS 6 certainly influence one another and directly push further versions to improve that much more.
Schmidt went on to say:
The Android-Apple platform fight is the defining contest. Here’s why: Apple has thousands of developers building for it. Google’s platform, Android, is even larger. Four times more Android phones than Apple phones. 500 million phones already in use. Doing 1.3 million activations a day. We’ll be at 1 billion mobile devices in a year.
Pertaining to Apple’s Maps situation Schmidt stated that “Apple should have kept with our maps…Apple decided a long time ago to do their own maps … (now they’ve) discovered that maps are really hard. Apple has done very well using our maps.”
When questioned by Mossberg if Google was planning on releasing an updated Maps app for iOS 6 Schmidt went on to say “(We) don’t want to pre-announce products, but if we made one, they would have to approve it. … They haven’t approved all of our apps in the past. There’s always negotiations going on.”
The whole conversation, however, was not all focused on negative comments towards Apple. Schmidt did go on to offer praise for the Cupertino, CA company. When asked by Mossberg, if he could be a CEO again, which company would he choose to reside over – Apple, Amazon, or Facebook, Schmidt replied:
I was on Apple’s board, and I’ll always have a soft spot for them. I was very good friends and very close to Steve Jobs, and we miss him dearly. Jeff Bezos has made remarkable moves. And again, Facebook has a billion users…. Which one has the most cash? That would be Apple.