Google's Eric Schmidt: 'It's extremely curious that Apple chooses not to sue Google directly'

05.12.2012, von Ashleigh Allsopp

Google's former CEO and current Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said in an with the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that it is "extremely curious" that Apple has chosen to sue Google partners rather than Google itself, and that patent litigation will continue between the two companies "for a while."

Schmidt said that Google's relationship with Apple has "always been a bit on and off". "Obviously, we would have preferred them to use our maps. They threw YouTube off the home screen [in iOS 6]. I'm not quite sure why they did that," he admitted.

Many iOS users would also have preferred Apple to keep Google's maps, and, following major criticism, Apple CEO Time Cook was forced to apologise for the poor mapping service that's littered with inaccuracies and mistakes.

Schmidt believes that Apple and Google battle like countries, not kids with guns. "The press would like to write the sort of teenage model of competitions, which is, 'I have a gun, you have a gun, who shoots first" Schmidt continued. "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] and Larry [Page, Google CEO], the sort of successors to Steve [Jobs] and me if you will, have an understanding of this state model," Schmidt explained. "When they and their teams meet, they have just a long list of things to talk about."