Open source their search engine?
Open source their search engine? You couldn't possibly be that daft, could you?
Yeah! Google isn't open unless they give their product away for free for their competition to copy! Yeah!
While we're at it, Intel should be forced to share their R&D with AMD or else they aren't "open". Music companies won't be "open" until they endorse file sharing.
Open hasn't lost it's meaning, there are just a lot of people out there using it who aren't all there in the head. Open means freedom and open means choices. It means that for any given application type or purpose, there are at least two options. The example Schmidt gave is a good one. On Google's platforms you can choose between HTML5 or Flash or write your own as far as they care. On Apple's platform you can use one and only one, HTML5. If you don't like it, too bad. That is the opposite of freedom, the opposite of choice, the opposite of open.
Yes, standardization of protocols is a good thing, but only if done (semi) willingly. That's what "do no evil" means. It means they want to prod us in the right direction, but they won't stop you from making bad choices.
They'll try to give you the best choices for search results, but won't force you to choose them and click the links. They'll give you a good platform for mobile computing, but won't force you into a hardware configuration or brand/model. They'll even let you hold the phones in any way you'd like.