The biggest names in the tech space, including the likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google chairman Eric Schmidt, are at the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Idaho this week. And when you have that many important figures in one place, you’re almost guaranteed to have some interesting news coming out of the event.
It appears that Schmidt has made the biggest splash in the headlines at this point, after photographs of him using the unreleased Moto X smartphone went viral. Now, according to Business Insider, the chairman has made some interesting remarks about the improving relationship between Apple and Google.
On Thursday, Google chairman Eric Schmidt revealed a surprising thing: Google’s relationship with Apple has improved after many meetings, he said.
He praised Apple alongside Google saying, “These are two proud, well-run, different companies.”
Schmidt served on Apple’s Board of Directors for several years, but stepped down in 2009 when Google stepped up the competition with its Android and Chrome OS platforms. Most recently, Apple removed both the native Maps and YouTube apps — both of which were powered by Google — from iOS 6.
Steve Jobs had long anguished Android before his passing, waging “thermonuclear war” against the platform because he believed it was a “stolen product.” But perhaps Schmidt’s comments are a signal that times are changing, and that Apple and Google can get along despite their differences.