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Nyah nyah nyah

November 9, 2011

That is the translation of Google Chariman, Eric Schmidt’s response when asked on Steve Jobs’ remark about Android as a stolen product, during his visit to South Korea:

“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. 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.”

First he said not to comment, praised Steve a little, but then he said a comment anyway, even trying to defend himself (and Google) in the process. Someone should give him the Emmy of the year.

I’m tired telling the same story again, thank goodness John Paczkowski at All Things D explains it nicely:

Which is likely true. Android was founded in 2003 and acquired by Google in 2005, years before Apple debuted the first iPhone in 2007. Perhaps Apple began work on the iPhone prior to 2003. Who knows? That’s not the question here. The real question is whether Jobs’s accusation that Google ripped off Apple’s vision of a mobile device is supported. And Schmidt, by deferring to the historical timeline, dodges it entirely.

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