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Eric Schmidt finds it odd Apple hasn’t sued Google yet

By Devindra Hardawar | VentureBeat.com,

Eric Schmidt seems perplexed by some of Apple’s recent decisions, like the recent patent lawsuits against Android partners, and Apple’s sudden removal of the YouTube app from iOS devices.

Perhaps most frightening of all, Schmidt expects the recent spat of patent litigation between Apple and Android makers to continue for a while, according to an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

When asked if Apple and Google are working on a patent settlement, Schmidt noted, “It’s extremely curious that Apple has chosen to sue Google’s partners and not Google itself.”

Indeed, Apple’s litigation against Samsung, HTC, and others has often hinged on features that are core to Android. It never really made much sense that Apple targeted Android makers, instead of Google itself.

Schmidt pointed out that the biggest loser from all of this litigation are future innovaters.

He was also “not quite sure” why Apple decided to drop YouTube iOS apps, which was included with the iPhone from the beginning. (That move likely worked out in Google’s favor though, as it was able to provide its own YouTube apps that offered more content and supported advertising.) Schmidt notes he “would have preferred” if Apple continue using Google Maps, but he didn’t seem too surprised by Apple’s choice to go with its own map application.

When asked about Windows Phone 8, Schmidt admitted he hasn’t tried it out yet, but added that Microsoft “has not emerged as a trendsetter” in the modern smartphone arena. (Tell us something we don’t know, Eric.)

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