Google exec Eric Schmidt has been partying hard (and presumably doing some work too) in Asia this week. We’ve had some great quotes, including the claim that Motorola won’t be favoured, the assertion that Android preceded the iPhone (technically sort of true), and some waffle about Siri affecting the way we searchonline.

Now, during a stint in Taiwan, Schmidt has been reiterating Google’s support for its Android partners in the war against Apple.

Of course, Taiwan is home to one of the most prolific Android handset manufacturers, namely HTC. It’s well into double figures this year alone. Encroyable.

“We tell our partners, including the ones here in Taiwan, we will support them,” Schmidt revealed. “For example, we have been supporting HTC in its dispute with Apple because we think that the Apple thing is not correct.”

Earlier this week, Schmidt responded to the late Steve Jobs’ claim (via his biography) that Google had “f**king ripped off the iPhone”, saying: “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.”

Yeah, it might’ve started before, but it’s a question of how Android evolved to compete with iOS. There’s no denying the similarities.

Anyway, that’s for a series of judges across the globe to decide; I’m merely a lowly commentator.

via: PC Pro


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