Google chairman Eric Schmidt took everyone by surprise at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho by making a statement on Google’s relationship with Apple, which has improved after many meetings.
He further quoted, praising Apple saying, “These are two proud, well-run, different companies”. Google and Apple had been close friends, until Google released both the Android and Chrome OS operating systems to compete head-on with Apple’s iPhone and its Mac PCs.
In same timeframe, Schmidt left Apple’s board. And then the lawsuits began, things were really bad between these two as its shown as grand betrayal in Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs. In the book, Jobs reportedly declared, “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.”
The news of bad relations between Jobs and Schmidt were always denied in public, by him earlier.
Apple’s current CEO Tim Cook was also at the event while Schmidt making friendly talks, he was busy sipping coffee merrily outside.