In an event in South Korea held on Thursday to officially launch Nexus 7 tablets in the country, Google chief executive officer Eric Schmidt openly criticized Apple for relentlessly pursuing the war against Android operating system and Android smartphone manufacturers. He said Apple’s move was hurting the industry, limiting consumer choices and restricting innovation. Very similar to what Samsung had said in its statement after losing the battle against Apple earlier.
Korea Times reports:
““Literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad. We are obviously working through that and trying to make sure we stay on the right side of these issues. So ultimately Google stands for innovation as opposed to patent wars,” Schmidt said in a launching event for the company’s Nexus 7 tablet at the Grand Intercontinental Seoul. “
Schmidt said that in the long term, every company has to survive in the market by bringing out new and better products and he also spoke about the growing number of patents, which has led to overlapping.
“I think one of the worst things that happened in the last few years has been the belief that somehow there are so many patents in the mobile phone world, an estimated 200,000 that are overlapping and complicated and so forth, that one vendor can stop the sale of another vendor’s phones or devices.” Schmidt said. “With respect to Apple patents, the best thing we can tell there are plenty of prior arts and I don’t want to go beyond that,” he added.
Interestingly, while it is known that Google and its OEM partner Samsung are particularly close, Schmidt also said that Apple and Google are friends and that the two companies “are literally talking all the time about everything.”
As for the Nexus 7 itself, the 16GB model will be available in South Korea for 299,000 won ($ 267.16) and will go on sale from mid-October, with pre-orders having already begun.
Source: Korea Times