Google CEO resigns from Apple's Board of Directors

Apple has just announced that Google CEO Eric Schmidt has resigned from his position on Apple's Board of Directors.

Apple's CEO Steve Jobs issued the following statement:

"Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple's core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric's effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple's Board."

It's hardly surprising that Schmidt has resigned from the board. With Google moving to create the Chrome OS and Android it is now directly competing with Apple rather than offering web based services for Apple to use. Speculation surrounding Schmidt's position began shortly after Google announced their Chrome OS. Schmidt already had to excuse himself from iPhone meetings with the board, as it conflicted with the Android division of Google, however, despite this, the FTC was investigating the link between the companies to ensure that there were no anti-trust violations. Schmidt was not sitting in on iPhone meetings, after the release of Google OS chances are the same would have happen with Mac OS meetings... so he would have been left with overseeing the iPod.

Schmidt has been on Apple's board since August 2006. The news follows reports that the FCC is investigating Apple's rejection of Google's Voice app for the iPhone.

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Well, this was only a matter of time... I find it very interesting that Google buddied up with Mozilla, then released a web browser, then buddied up with Apple and released a mobile phone / mobile OS, then announced a desktop OS in the works... I'll say it again, but I would be very worried if Google wanted to be my friend... LOL

Googles service ties to Apple aren't going to fall-out because of this. Apple licenses these services from Google, and Google's not going to pull the plug and lose revenue.

The rot has really begun to set in here.. I think the lines have been drawn!

I'll be astonished if Google Maps, etc feature as prominantly in the next version of iPhone.

This is interesting but it does make me curious.

What about Arthur Levinson? I believe he still serves as a corporate director for both Apple and Google.

Im honestly happy to see this all these large mega corps are competing in a way that has never been seen before in the computer industry. There are now many domanant players in the market place!

Just what I was thinking as I read this. Only good things will come out of this competition. I've been a bit afraid that companies would instead form in alliances to IT behemoths where competition is killed, but this is good to see.

good.. only thing that would suck if the map application is taken out of the iphone.. google by far has the best map app on phones and also the web.. Mapquest and Bing maps suck!

dimithrak said,
good.. only thing that would suck if the map application is taken out of the iphone.. google by far has the best map app on phones and also the web.. Mapquest and Bing maps suck!

I don't think that will happen. There is nothing stopping Google from contributing to the iPhone. They just can't be in the board meetings for it.

artfuldodga said,
should of never been there in the first place


Why? Until the release of the G1, Google and Apple were not competing in ANY market. When they did start marketing products in the same market (the G1), he stepped away from meetings about the competing product (the iPhone). Now that they are competing in more areas, he has done the correct thing by stepping down completely.

roadwarrior said,
Why? Until the release of the G1, Google and Apple were not competing in ANY market. When they did start marketing products in the same market (the G1), he stepped away from meetings about the competing product (the iPhone). Now that they are competing in more areas, he has done the correct thing by stepping down completely.


No, but there's more than "his" conflicts of interest going here. like the other FCC investigation about to tight integration/cooperation between Apple and google.

HawkMan said,
No, but there's more than "his" conflicts of interest going here. like the other FCC investigation about to tight integration/cooperation between Apple and google.


There is not "tight" between Apple and Google hence the current FCC investigation