iPhone important to Google
PARIS--Apple's much-vaunted iPhone received a ringing endorsement from Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who said the handset is a perfect platform for the search specialist's hosted applications.
Speaking at an event in Paris on Tuesday, Schmidt was asked whether, as Google's boss and an Apple board member, he had any insights into future collaboration between the two companies.
"What you are really asking is to see my iPhone," he quipped before producing a handset from his pocket. "iPhone is a powerful new device and is going to be particularly good for the apps that Google is building. You should expect other announcements from the two companies over time," he said.
Schmidt made no attempt to hide his belief that mobile handsets will be increasingly important to Google, and he even used some ringtone sound effects in his speech to illustrate the point.