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Apple vs. Google Turning Into Jobs vs. Schmidt?

With Apple and Google competing on more and more levels, it would be silly to expect the relationship between CEOs Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt to be what it was when the iPhone first launched. However, not a lot of people expected the relationship to fall so far into disrepair that sources would later say, "Steve Jobs simply hates Eric Schmidt."

Over the weekend, the New York Times ran a lengthy story about the relationship between Apple and Google. Examining things right from the beginning, when Schmidt and Jobs worked together to bring Google Maps and search to the iPhone and Schmidt openly complimented Steve on his new product, to the current back and forth of sniping remarks made about each other's company while talking to the press.

The Times reports that when Apple announced the iPad in January, Schmidt was asked what he thought of the device. Schmidt responded, "You might want to tell me the difference between a large phone and a tablet."

When Apple filed its lawsuit against HTC, alleging that the Google-built Android OS was infringing on its patents, many speculated that it was only targeting HTC because it was an easier target than the search giant. In a statement at the time the suit was filed, Steve Jobs is quoted by the NYT piece as saying, "We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We've decided to do something about it."

The report goes on to say that Schmidt and Jobs were never close friends but states they dined together on several occasions and Jobs never hesitated to call Eric directly to voice his opinions. NYT also cites several friends of Schmidt who say he relished his position on Apple’s board while he had it.

CNBC yesterday spoke about the relationship between the two CEOs during it's Power Lunch news show and according to Jim Goldberg, many sources say "Steve Jobs simply hates Eric Schmidt right now." While speaking with anchor Dennis Kneale, Goldman, the network's Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, said that the two companies have been at "diametric opposites" for sometime and Steve's "hate" for Eric shows just how bitter the rivalry has become. With regards to the ongoing patent suit, analyst Andy Hargreaves says that HTC was probably a good company to go after because they have the Google tie without the Google funding or recognition.

Read the full New York Times article here and watch the CNBC segment on the Power Lunch website (via Engadget).

  • Abrahm
    Every time I read a comment from Jobs, he just sounds like a whiny little baby with sour grapes in his mouth. It's astounding that he gets the praise that he does.
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  • polly the parrot
    I'm rooting for Schmidt.

    Go Schmidt!
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  • nawat
    Is there anyone that Jobs does not hate? I've never seen Jobs complimenting anyone.
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  • gayan
    I am for the lesser of the two evils.....
    Go Goog Go...
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  • danish_2828
    I've got your back HTC. I've had your back since the Audiovox SMT5600 and it's metal faceplate goodness.
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  • danish_2828
    AbrahmEvery time I read a comment from Jobs, he just sounds like a whiny little baby with sour grapes in his mouth. It's astounding that he gets the praise that he does.
    Just think about the people that praise him. I think they travel in packs.
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  • gekko668
    Google and Apple is like water and oil. Google flooded the market with free services while Apple clogged up the consumer' artery with half-baked, expensive product.

    I'll use Google service anytime, anyday.

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  • phantomtrooper
    HEHE perfect. I see what Google is doing. Got themselves on the Apple board a while back so they could learn their ins and outs. Now its time to stab them in the back. GO GOOGLE!
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  • polly the parrot
    Don't say the words "GO GOOGLE", it reminds me of the go.google.com virus I had.

    *shudders*
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  • dman3k
    danish_2828Just think about the people that praise him. I think they travel in packs.Well, Steve Jobs did thank a dead girl before, after abusing the organ donor queue system.

    "As some of you know, about five months ago I had a liver transplant. I now have the liver of a mid-20s person who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs, and I wouldn't be here without such generosity."

    Does that sound like gratitude?
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