:'s executive chairman has defended his company by saying that Android was in development long before 's iPhone was unveiled, and that it is not 'a ripoff' of iPhone/iOS as earlier claimed by the technological giant's visionary leader .
"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," thequoted Schmidt, as saying.
Schmidt's comments were contrary to Jobs' claims, mentioned in his autobiography, that the internet search giant stole from Apple's iPhone to build many of the features in Google's Android software for rival phones.
Jobs also belittled the quality of Android and Google's other non-search products, which he described in vulgar terms.
Schmidt said that he is still "very sad and recovering from the sense of loss" from Jobs' death.
He declined to specifically address irate criticism of Google in Jobs' biography that drew upon dozens of interviews with the book's author, Walter Isaacson.
"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, describing Jobs as a "fantastic human being" who he "dearly" misses. (ANI)