February 15, 2010
Google and Apple are Close, Valuable Partners at Mobile World Congress
By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor
In private, Google (News
) and Apple might be fierce rivals that use smartphones in lieu of lightsabers to fight for market dominance in the mobile arena.
But at the Mobile World Congress (News
) event in Barcelona, a Google exec told news media
they’re close collaborators.
Vic Gundotra, who leads Google’s mobile engineering, reportedly told journalists on Monday – amid rumors that Microsoft’s Bing search engine will replace Google on the iPhone (News
) – that Apple is a close and valuable partner, “and we’re very excited about the relationship we have with them today. We have no reason to believe that’s going to change.”
The comments came during an industry roundtable event in the early hours of the event’s first day.
“We don’t want to comment on those rumors,” he said when pressed by reporters on the issue of the iPhone at a roundtable at industry trade fair. “We think that relationship is stable.”
Asked about the Nexus Two, a second Google-branded phone aimed at enterprise customers that Google is expected to launch soon, Gundotra said decisions had been made yet about how many Google phones there would be or who would manufacture them.
“We just haven’t made those decisions yet,” Gundotra said when asked whether HTC (News
) would also make the Nexus Two. “We decided to take the flagship phones, the best phones that were available, and those would have Google branding.”
Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri