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Google exec backpeddles on anti-Apple stance

updated 02:15 pm EDT, Wed May 26, 2010

Google's Gundotra says Apple rhetoric not hateful

Google engineering VP Vic Gundotra softened his approach to Apple today in a chat at the TCDisrupt conference (video below). He now claims that the warnings of a dystopic future and other clear references to Apple weren't attacks. The statements on openness and choice were conducted only in a "spirit of good fun," Gundotra said.

He was also cautious on the subject of what Apple would do in the future. The executive wouldn't predict whether Apple would become more open but did say he thought Apple would "adjust to market dynamics."

The remarks are a slight backtrack from Google's seemingly hostile stance at I/O and reflect a balance Google still has to strike in its approach. While it supports Adobe's Flash, it also embraces HTML5 and has a significant stake on the iPhone, where its maps and search are still important parts of the OS.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    June 7th, Vic. June 7th...

    Google's, Vic Gundotra, comeuppance will be here soon enough... Steve has had years of practice with the antics of Microsoft. But keep in mind Vic... it will be conducted only in a "spirit of good fun"!

  1. rjdude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They scared...

    With Google not on Apple's board anymore, they have no way of knowing in advance what Apple will be doing way out into the future (yes June 7 is almost here, but no one knows whats coming beyond that). They'll just resign to copy Apple after the fact, just like everyone else. Can't burn the bridge and later say it was just all fun!

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sounds like ..

    ... Someone had a 'come to jesus' meeting, after realizing they messed up.

  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969


    dude got spanked

    I'm making a meowing sound right now :P I still don't think anyone but we geeks and developers cared much about any of that, in which case you're just preaching to your respective choir.

  1. rbodgers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Terrible Interviewer

    Vic: predictable (but welcome) answers
    Interviewer: amateur

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Insult, then apologize?

    "You're all a bunch of whiny, moronic, fanboi idiots speaking out of your rear-ends and I'm sure your children are also non-contributing dead-weights in society all around. Your entire life's work and your vision for the future is a pipe dream and you're going about it all wrong, despite your perceived past success... people will revolt against you, and [insert some vague comparison to an Orwellian dystopic, micromanaged and walled ecosystem reminiscent of 1940s Germany] will be the death of you.

    "But, I say that in the spirit of good fun!"

  1. Johnny Niles

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Not "backpeddles". Come on, guys.

  1. tundaman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Rick James

    "In the spirit of good fun"

    That lame excuse sounded just like that time, when our beloved super freak Rick James punched Charlie Murphy in the head and later said: "I'm sorry Charlie Murphy, I was having too much fun" XD

  1. ludachrs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Vic 'monoplist' Gundotra

    I worked at Microsoft for years we used our power to keep our monopoly and skaroo our competitors, now Google has hired me to do the same with our search and web ad monopoly. Oh and sorry for the Just in fun comments! JK Hey Apple will you please let Eric back on the board we are running out of ideas.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @Johnny Niles

    Maybe the writer enjoys a good paddle spaanking? =p

    (Yes I know that's not pedal nor peddle).

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