Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt laid to rest speculations of him quitting the multinational corporation on Thursday (March 21st).
Reports of his selling of 42 percent of his Google stakes gave birth to rumours that Schmidt was leaving the world's No.1 search engine.
During an interview at the Big Summit in New Delhi, the visiting Google chief joked about his job being much easier than holding a post in the government.
"Google is my home, I have been doing a series of diversification sales over the years and this is just another one. We told the press this but they didn't believe us and yet they didn't bother to check that it was just an extension of the previous years," said Schmidt during the one day conference.
Schmidt also said Google Chrome and Android operating systems would remain separate products but could have more overlap, a week after the two came under a single boss.
"We don't make decisions, some companies do this but we don't make decisions based on who the leader is? We make the decisions at Google based on where the technology takes us. Chrome and Chromium are the world's best HTML file authoring and developing systems, if you are not using Chrome as in advertisement for example right now, you should be using Chrome, it's faster, it's safer, it's more secure than any of your browser choices. In Android which is primarily a job alike development environment it solves a different problem. There will be more commonality for sure but certainly there are going to remain separate for a very long time because they solve different problems," he said.
Schmidt, Google's chief executive from 2001 to 2011, is becoming more outspoken on issues involving technology and world affairs, and was in India as part of a multi-country Asian tour to promote Internet access.
Earlier on Wednesday (March 20th) Schmidt spoke about the around 600 million Indians who are yet to join the World Wide Web.
Schmidt further picked India over China as he faced questions over which country he would be keen to watch.
Less than a tenth of India's 1.2 billion population have access to Internet although its 100-odd million users make it the third biggest Internet market after China and the United States. Internet users in India are seen nearly tripling to 300 million over the next three years.
Despite the new rules to block offensive content, India's Internet access is still largely free unlike the tight controls in neighbouring China.
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