Eric Schmidt reckons it's 'curious' that Apple hasn't tried to sue Google yet

News 12:29, 5 Dec 2012

Former Google CEO and current Chairman Eric Schmidt has revealed his thoughts on Apple's legal clashes with Android manufacturers

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has revealed his views regarding Apple’s ongoing legal campaign against manufacturers of hardware running the Android platform.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, when questioned about Apple’s spate of litigation Schmidt said he found it ‘extremely curious that Apple has chosen to sue Google's partners and not Google itself.’

Schmidt also indicated his belief that such lawsuits are set to be something of a fixture for the foreseeable future. ‘It’ll continue for a while,’ he said.

He also indicated that neither Apple nor Google were experiencing any kind of discomfort from the legal disputes, suggesting that the real damage is how they're effecting the efforts of new companies entering the space and attempting to offer a new product.

Some of Apple’s legal action is hitting closer to home than ever before, however, with a renewed patent assault on Motorola, now owned by Google.

More recently is the case being brought against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which rather than running a modified interface overlay (the usual source of Apple’s wrath), runs stock Android Jelly Bean.

Depending on how that case goes, it could set a precedent which will likely have a knock-on effect for all current and future Android devices.

Is this the warning shot of a direct confrontation over Android, a platform which Steve Jobs once described as a ‘stolen product’ and one which he would ‘destroy’ with a ‘thermonuclear war’?

Possibly, but likewise there is sense in Apple letting sleeping dogs lie. While there would be an advantage to an Apple win over Google it's by no means a certainty it would come off in the iPhone maker's favour - the big question there is: is it worth the risk? Probably not.

Certainly, from his tone in responses during the interview, Schmidt doesn’t seem to feel threatened by Apple’s patent war.

In the interview, Schmidt also commented on Microsoft's rival Windows Phone 8 operating system. While he admitted he had not used a device running the platform yet, he said: 'Microsoft has not emerged as a trendsetter in this new model yet.'

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