Today Google CEO Eric Schmidt announced that he will resign his position on Apple's board of directors. This is significant because many felt that Google and Apple's businesses were beginning to overlap in too many areas for Schmidt to remain an effective and impartial member of Apple's board. Google and Apple both offer Internet browsers, mobile phone operating systems and many other similar products. Many of Google's products have been integrated with Apple's, especially on devices such as the iPhone, which uses Google's Maps product. Schmidt joined Apple's board in 2006, and will remain the CEO of Google.
I think that was the tipping point for him but from what I read its because Google is now in direct competition with apple. They have Android competing with the iphone and their Chrome OS going to compete with OSX.
With Schmidt resigning, this will allow Google to focus hard on it's emerging OSes (Android and Chrome), that way they aren't limited to please Apple (e.g. lack of multi-touch in current versions of Android) and releasing key services on iPhone before Android (update Maps, Google Search w/ Voice, etc.). I was also wondering why Google said they weren't going to initially include Multi-Touch in 2.0 (leaving it to the manufacturer to support it) to multi-touch being in the current 2.0 developer builds, but now it makes sense.
It does make sense. This is a good move(no a great move). As you stated, Google is positioning themselves to go the next level and with Apple constraints, Google could not move fcrword. Apple will slowly fragment their standing if they stay the curren... (continues)