Eric Schmidt may not be the CEO of Google any longer, but that doesn’t stop him from giving his two cents about the company. He recently took a shot at Apple, one of the search companies main competitors. He claims that their business practices are childish, and that Google is handling thing the “adult” way. Here’s a clip from the interview:
Obviously, we would have preferred them to use our maps. They threw YouTube off the home screen [of iPhones and iPads]. I’m not quite sure why they did that. The press would like to write the sort of teenage model of competition, which is, ‘I have a gun, you have a gun, who shoots first?’
The adult way to run a business is to run it more like a country. They have disputes, yet they’ve actually been able to have huge trade with each other. They’re not sending bombs at each other. I think both Tim [Cook, Apple's CEO] and Larry [Page, Google's CEO], the sort of successors to Steve [Jobs] and me if you will, have an understanding of this state model. When they and their teams meet, they have just a long list of things to talk about.
Schmidt hit some touchy subjects, including the recent controversy surrounding Apple’s new Maps application. We’ll be keeping our eyes out over the next few days for a response from Apple, but let us know, what do you think? Do you think that the two companies should just play nice for a better world? Or am I just a little too optimistic? Let it loose in the comments below, ladies and gents.