While attending the annual Allen and Co media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt commented that relationships between his company and Apple are “improving.”
According to Reuters Schmidt did not offer any details beyond the one word sound byte, but he did say that “lots and lots” of meetings have been conducted between the two companies as of late and that those have mainly been handled by Google Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora. As to what is being discussed, he simply stated that there were “constant business discussions on a long list of issues.”
While Google and Apple have previously enjoyed a healthy working relationship, the strain between the two tech giants became rather obvious when Apple dumped Google Maps for its own mapping solution in 2012. There have been other signals that the relationship between the two companies is strained as lawsuits pop up around the world between Apple and numerous Android smartphone makers. While the lawsuits do not involve Google directly, it isn’t difficult to imagine that Google might view them as attacks on one of its banner products.
Hopefully the two companies will be able to work together again some day, and the fact the two companies are even talking is a good sign.