Eric Schmidt had a lot to say in yesterday's news conference in Korea. The CEO of Google played it up for the Korean audience and slammed Apple at every turn. In other news, the Japanese site Macotakara is back with another apparent scoop with a supposed video of the iPad Mini and it's worth a look for sure
Macotakara's iPad Mini Video
Here's a photo from Macotakara showing this supposed "iPad mini" in view of a MacBook Pro screen to give you perspective.
What are your thoughts on this iPad mini mock-up - Is it the real thing? Send in your comments.
If you can't innovate then Complain Loudly about the Innovators
The Korean Times is reporting that Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt made it clear yesterday that he is against patent wars in the mobile phone industry, expressing his frustration with Apple's recent move to file a myriad of legal attacks against users of the Android operating system (OS), including Samsung Electronics.
He stressed that companies should compete in the market place with products, saying that patent disputes are hurting consumer choice and preventing innovation.
"Literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad. We are obviously working through that and trying to make sure we stay on the right side of these issues. So ultimately Google stands for innovation as opposed to patent wars," Schmidt said in a launching event for the company's Nexus 7 tablet at the Grand Intercontinental Seoul.
He said Google feels very strongly that ultimately companies must vie in the market place with better products. Similar statements, such as "innovation and choice" have been used by Samsung Electronic as jabs against Apple after it lost a patent case in San Jose, California.
"I think one of the worst things that happened in the last few years has been the belief that somehow there are so many patents in the mobile phone world, an estimated 200,000 that are overlapping and complicated and so forth, that one vendor can stop the sale of another vendor's phones or devices.
"With respect to Apple patents, the best thing we can tell there are plenty of prior arts and I don't want to go beyond that," he added.
Many speculate that Apple's real target is Google. Answering questions on whether Google will assist vendors, Schmidt said: "all I want to say publicly (is that) we fully intend to support the ecosystem as it evolves. The Android ecosystem is really central, in my view, to the successful moving forward of the market."
To finish it all off, Schmidt said that Apple "is actually a very good partner. Our two companies are literally talking all the time about everything." Get real Schmidt. Apple is dumping everything Google as fast as humanly possible. Once again, Judas speaks on both sides of his mouth.
Schmidt was in Korea to visit vice chairman Choi Ji-sung and president of Samsung Shin Jong-kyun.
On a final note, The Korean Times reports that Samsung is being sued by LG Display over infringement of its patents for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens and will seek injunctions on Samsung smart-phones and tablets using the disputed technologies.