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Schmidt Defends Google as An Innovator, Mourns Steve Jobs

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has defended the search engine giant against the comments made by late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs.

Speaking during a conference in South Korea, Schmidt refused to make any comments on the things said by Steve Jobs in his biography after his death but he claimed that Google was just as innovative at Apple and had not stolen any of Apple's ideas.

Schmidt also claimed that he was extremely ‘sad' over the death of Steve Jobs and was still recovering from the loss of his death.

"I decided not to comment on comments that are written in the book after his death. I don't think it's right," Schmidt said during the conference, adding that Steve Jobs was a "fantastic human being" who he "dearly" misses reports TechRadar (opens in new tab).

In his biography, written by Walter Isaacson, Jobs viciously claims that Google stole ideas from the iPhone to develop Android and also spoke not so nicely about Google products other than search.

"Most people would agree that Google is a great innovator, and I would also point out that the Android efforts started before the iPhone efforts. And that's all I have to say," Schmidt said.

Schmidt had served on Apple's board for three years after which he resigned as Google's smartphone war with Apple heated up.

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