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Google's Larry Page
In short, he said their products could be better

It's not uncommon for rivals to bash one another, so Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page took a couple of jabs at Facebook and Apple in a recent interview.

In an interview with Wired, Page discussed how he wants Google to come up with some "moon shots," or far-out ideas such as the company's self-driving vehicles that recently achieved 30,000 accident-free miles.

However, Page also took the opportunity to throw a few insults at rivals Facebook and Apple. Google's social network, Google+, has been working to gain the amount of users that Facebook has while Google's Android operating system competes with Apple's iOS.

While Page recognizes that Facebook is a heavyweight in the social arena, he said, "They're also doing a really bad job on their products … we're actually doing something different [from Facebook]. I think it's outrageous to say that there's only space for one company in these areas."

Page may be a little sore that Google, which launched in 2011, hasn't quite lived up to the hype of it potentially being a Facebook rival. There are currently 500 million registered users on Google+ and only about 125 million are active monthly (compared to Facebook's one billion monthly active users as of October 2012).

Rather than become a Facebook rival, though, it looks more like Google+ has become a product incorporated into Google's search.

In November of last year, Google's Vice President of Product Bradley Horowitz spoke with Business Insider about Google+, also taking a jab at Facebook. Specifically, he targeted the social network's use of advertisements, where they're forced into people's news feeds. He even went as far as comparing Facebook ads to a guy with a sandwich board popping in between a father and his daughter during an important conversation. 

"We don't have to make next week's payroll by jamming ads at users," said Horowitz.

In the recent Wired interview, Page also had something to say about Apple's product practices. While Apple is another huge player in the mobile space, Page thinks its products are limited. 

"You know, we always have these debates: we have all this money, we have all these people, why aren't we doing more stuff?" said Page. "You may say that Apple only does a very, very small number of things, and that's working pretty well for them. But I find that unsatisfying."

Earlier this week, it was reported that Google's Nexus 7 tablet market share was greater in Japan than Apple's iPad. Market research firm BCN conducted a survey in Japan last December, and out of 2,400 consumer electronics stores in Japan, the iPad had 40.1 percent of the market while Google's Nexus 7 claimed 44.4 percent.

Source: Wired

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RE: A whole lot of hoopla
By Tony Swash on 1/19/2013 2:20:46 PM , Rating: 0
I don't give a crap about Google, or any other company for that matter. I care about what products I can buy and what prices they are available at.

Fine. Don't read stuff that doesn't interest you, better yet don't comment on it. Some of us are interested in broader issues, what are the dynamics and trends at play in the tech markets, what sort of different business strategies are the big tech players pursuing and which of those different strategies are successful and why?

You think Android is best for meeting your needs - fine. Other people prefer RIM or Windows Phone, or iOS that's also fine. Personally I find people reporting which products they like or dislike and why the least interesting and informative aspect of tech discussions, not least because the people who participate in tech discussions are so completely unrepresentative of the broader community of consumers but also because such comments and debates result in almost no one changing their minds.

Personally places like these forums are the last place I would go for advice about which tech product to use. What I am interested in, as I have been interested for over forty years, is how is technology changing, why and what directions. People talking about why they personally prefer Apple or Android seems so tedious, repetitive and pointless. Why should I care about why you buy the things you do, you don't care about why I do. Why tens of millions of people buy one product or another, however, is an interesting question but not one that is often helped by personal anecdote.

"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad
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