Eric Schmidt said that Google is being run like a country and that although it may have disputes, it's still able to trade with other countries -- or at least Apple.
"I think both Tim [Cook] and Larry [Page,] the sort of successors to Steven Jobs and me if you will, have an understanding of this state model, " Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal. "When they and their teams meet, they have just a long list of things to talk about."
Schmidt said that Apple and Google's relationship has always been "on and off" and that Google wished Apple would have kept Google Maps and YouTube on the iOS. But he remained pragmatic when questioned about patent litigation. "It'll continue for a while, " he said. "Google is doing fine. Apple is doing fine."