Woah, it’s Schmidt mania this week. Yesterday we heard the exec’s claim that Siri poses a real threat to Google’s 97% global net-search monopoly (ahem), and the former presidential advisor also stated that Motorola won’t receive preferential treatment.
Now Schmidt has responded to claims in the Jobs biography that Android ripped off iOS and the iPhone.
Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson: "Our lawsuit is saying, 'Google you f***ing ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off.’ I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong.
“I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
Schmidt told reporters in South Korea this week: "I've decided not to comment on what's been written on a book after his death. Steve is a fantastic human being and someone who I miss very dearly."
However, Schmidt couldn't resist adding: “As a general comment, I think most people would agree that Google is a great innovator and I would also point out that the Android effort started before the iPhone effort."
That’s technically true, in that Android Inc was founded in 2003, and sold to Google two years later. However the fact that Apple’s iPhone and iOS hit the market first doesn’t looks so great for Googs.