Walt Mossberg of AllThingD and Kara Swisher had gathered together with Schmidt for a period of more than an hour, investigating the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) executive about his opinions on Google’s presence as a platform firm, some specific queries related to the relationship of the search engine giant with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and the smartphone industry.
When it comes to broad terms, Schmidt has reiterated his theory of ‘gang of four’ that states there are presently four network platform firms that have exceptional sway in dictating how the world communicates with consumer electronics and, to a great degree, with each other. These firms are namely, Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook.
Schmidt said that there is a very tough competition right now, especially between Android and Apple platforms. Google will argue that if users use Chrome platform, he has the most powerful web browser in the world. Chrome is the #1 browser at the moment.
He also said that the extensive adoption of Chrome and Google’s reach online has let the firm to offer an superior set of applications that are based on cloud technology that are only available on Android platform.
The discussion turned to Apple’s replacement of the Google Maps on iOS app with the latest iOS 6 Maps. When the service has been launched apart from the iPhone 5 in September, consumers had bemoaned the app for its apparently bogus mapping information and lack of features and other essential details.
Schmidt also commented on the ongoing patent battles, plenty of which involve Google and Apple technology. He said that patent litigation has reached a level where smaller firms cannot protect their inventions anymore.