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.