Google Chairman uses a BlackBerry and hates the Nexus 7's size

Without a doubt, Google is still on the rise. After climbing to #1 with its search engine and taking 70% of the global smartphone OS market with its Android operating system, the company have soared to over $260 billion in market capitalisation. With Glass on its way and a rumoured smartwatch to compete with an unannounced 'iWatch' from Apple and a similar contender from Samsung, you'd expect Google's chairman, Eric Schmidt, to have never been more enthusiastic about the company.

It has, however, been revealed in an interview conducted by Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger at the Big Tent Activate Summit in New Delhi on Thursday, that Schmidt's material allegiances lie outside the company. He admitted to using a BlackBerry smartphone, noting the physical keyboard as his favourite feature. What's more, he went on to comment how Apple's iPad mini was "too small" as compared to the full size iPad. The form factor the mini adopts, however, was made popular by tablets such as the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire - tablets his company provides software for.

Competitors funding competitors?

Revelations such as this aren't unheard of on the Google board of executives, with ex-senior executive Marissa Mayer famously tweeting from an iPhone on numerous occasions. Schmidt himself has also been pictured using a BlackBerry in 2009 and again in 2011 - he has tried to hide his shame, however, by applying a nice "Google" sticker to the back of the competing device.

As the Guardian notes, images taken from within Google's campuses frequently show employees working on Apple MacBooks, even after the release of their own 'Chromebook' devices. The question remains then, is it really a sign of weakness to use competitors' devices? Or is it just a sign that Google's employees are that little bit more 'open' than those of Apple, BlackBerry and Microsoft?

Everyone's on the defensive

Just a day before Samsung's Galaxy S4 announcement, Apple's Phil Schiller took to the Wall Street Journal to slam the company on their alleged lack of innovation. Heck, the Californian tech giant have even created an entire page dedicated to justifying the superiority of their products.

BlackBerry's CEO, Thorsten Heins, couldn't resist to get in on the action, claiming Windows Phone and Android are 'not mobile computing platforms'. A bold claim, for sure, given the previous company 'RIM' hitting the rocks and completely changing its focus with the release of the Z10. Although, at least he doesn't ban his children from using competitors' products. Probably.

The only party not taking pot shots at other is led by Schmidt himself, illustrated when the Google chairman commented they "talk to Apple every day". With Glass upcoming and Android refusing to give in to its own success, we could see the company overtake Apple in value in the near future.

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He admitted to using a BlackBerry smartphone, noting the physical keyboard as his favourite feature.

THEN TELL YOUR ****ING TEAM TO MAKE WHAT YOU AND THE REST OF THE WORLD WANTS: A QWERTY PHYSICAL KEYBOARD NEXUS

Google cant really have it any simplier: The chairman wants a physical QWERTY keyboard smartphone. ****ing make one......

Anyone who is saying that this is no big deal has to be smoking something!

It is a HUGE deal that the Chairman/Founder of Google uses a Blackberry as his personal device. It would be like Bill Gates using an iPhone, or Steve Jobs using a Galaxy Nexus. (Well not Steve; that would be the biggest news ever... but Tim Cook then.) The technosphere would absolutely explode if Gates was seen using an iPhone or Android.

Here, we have (one of) the top dog(s) at Google essentially making the statement that Blackberry is the superior product for the executive class. After knowing this, why would any Fortune 500 CEO outfit his workforce with Androids over Blackberries? Hell, the CEO of Google uses a Blackberry!

So he likes Blackberry's phisical keyboard... does that mean that Google should be releasing a Nexus phone with a keyboard to please the chairman? Or that he should be using a touch device despite his personal preferences just to make some sort of statement?

Gates and Jobs would be a bigger deal not because they would be using a competing product, but because they've always been very vocal about the inferiority of pretty much every product that didn't came from their respective companies. They played their share of an evangelist role.

Schmidt on the other hand looks more like a pragmatic businessman without such of an ideological attachment to Google.

ichi said,
does that mean that Google should be releasing a Nexus phone with a keyboard to please the chairman?

Yes, it ****ing does. It is a about time a Nexus came out with a physical keyboard, just like the G1.

Aside from marketing and physical keyboards, forcing employees to only use your own products may encourage them to improve the product to their liking. On paper that seems like it could be a good idea...on paper...

Hahaiah said,
Aside from marketing and physical keyboards, forcing employees to only use your own products may encourage them to improve the product to their liking. On paper that seems like it could be a good idea...on paper...

So you're saying dogfooding is not a workable strategy in practice?

It's actually a proven and common one.

If the person at the top only released products he/she personally liked, despite consumer feedback indicating it would be a popular product, that would be even worse surely?

Unprofessional sensationalism. The guy did say he hates the Nexus 7. Anyway's who cares if he uses a Blackberry. Microsoft is the only compnay that says you can't bring a competig device to the office or be seen with one I guess. No different than Coke firing an employee because he was seen in uniform drinking a Pepsi product. He doesnt have to use the product he makes, though it does send a bad signal to customers who would thing - why sell us a product you yourself isnt using?

But hey, if I worked at Apple, I still wouldnt use an iPhone. They would just have to fire me. If I worked at Google I would surely be using my GN2.

TechieXP said,
Microsoft is the only compnay that says you can't bring a competig device to the office or be seen with one I guess.

and you got this from where? cos it's not true, i personally know MS employees with plenty of other stuff than MS

its rather silly to limit your employees to only devices your company makes, never learn never see whats going on.

I thought it was equally stupid when i heard that Bill Gates doesn't have anything but Microsoft stuff in his home.

REM2000 said,
its rather silly to limit your employees to only devices your company makes, never learn never see whats going on.

I thought it was equally stupid when i heard that Bill Gates doesn't have anything but Microsoft stuff in his home.

But what he does at home is his business. His daughter was seen along with mom carrying an iPod or some Apple device. I wouldnt force emplyees or family members to just use my products even if they are given for free.

If I was Gates son, I'd sell any WIndows device he gave me if I didnt want it.

lomas said,
To be fair, Blackberry is not as bad as most people think here....


has a blackberry for a long time was a good phone

echostorm said,
It isn't great for the product or image when any company won't eat their own dogfood.

Please, this happens in every organization.

echostorm said,
It isn't great for the product or image when any company won't eat their own dogfood.

He is the Chairman, as in not CEO anymore, as in he holds stock and is on some board or another just like a lot of other people and companies that might have a stake in Google as a public traded company. I would bet very few people on that board have any other phone than an iphone or a blackberry (possibly a few generations old even), because they don't care at all about any trends except the stock kind.

LauRoman said,

He is the Chairman, as in not CEO anymore, as in he holds stock and is on some board or another just like a lot of other people and companies that might have a stake in Google as a public traded company. I would bet very few people on that board have any other phone than an iphone or a blackberry (possibly a few generations old even), because they don't care at all about any trends except the stock kind.

I dunno man. That sounds too realistic and logical. Must be false.

techbeck said,
Hates the Nexus 7 size? Where does it say that?

I think the article infers(poorly) that since he is not a fan of the iPad Mini by saying that it is too small that ine would assume the Nexus 7 would also be "too small".

mrmomoman said,

I think the article infers(poorly) that since he is not a fan of the iPad Mini by saying that it is too small that ine would assume the Nexus 7 would also be "too small".

Thats what I figured. I HATE it when the topic is made like this.

Schmidt said he doesn't like the smaller size of the iPad, the same form factor the Nexus 7 adopts. It's not about devices, it's about form factor.

He doesn't like iPad mini size = He doesn't like Nexus 7 size.

benbuffone said,

He doesn't like iPad mini size = He doesn't like Nexus 7 size.

Still though where does he use the word "Hate"?

Headlines like this shouldn't be used here, I know its "unprofessional journalism", but I do come here for news....A headline like this seems like something a troll in a forum would post, right before it got deleted by mods....If its too sensationalistic for a forum then it certainly does not belong in a news feed