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Google's Schmidt insists relationship with Apple is improving

Google's relationship with Apple has "improved over the past year" with the rival technology firms conducting "lots and lots" of meetings, Google chairman Eric Schmidt (opens in new tab)has told reporters.

At a media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho this week, Schmidt said Google chief business officer Nikesh Arora, who was at the conference, was leading many of the discussions.

The two companies are in "constant business discussions on a long list of issues," Schmidt said. Reuters (opens in new tab) reports Schmidt did not provide any details about the nature of those meetings though.

Apple has previously tried to distance itself from Google as competition between the two companies has intensified, particularly in the mobile space. Apple is in a ding dong smartphone battle with Samsung, which uses the Android operating system developed by Google, and which is used on the majority of smartphones currently shipped.

Apple also tried to avoid using Google Maps on its iPhones by developing its own app, which initially famously failed to work properly. Google later updated its mapping application for the latest iPhone on the market.

Google is also set to launch its first mobile devices as a result of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, and seems to have stolen a march on Apple in wearable technology with Google Glass (opens in new tab).

However, Schmidt will know better than anybody that no technology company can sit in isolation forever. He was once the CEO of Novell, the leading corporate server networking software company of its time, which now only just clings on to any sort of market relevance thanks to a dwindling rump of users.

And Motorola Mobility, which was the leader in mobile technology in the 1970s and 1980s, and even only a few years ago the world's number three mobile phone maker by shipments, was reduced to being a patent holder with no new exciting products, allowing it to be snapped up by Google.