Google's Larry Page Talks Smack About Facebook, Apple
January 18, 2013 12:00 PM
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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
, 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
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
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.
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RE: A whole lot of hoopla
1/19/2013 4:09:20 PM
I'm intrigued about this "line in the sand". Why 1920 x 1080?
What is it that makes the obviously sensible choice of 1080p for a TV necessary for a phone? Is it practicality or just some psychological decision?
Don't concern yourself with Apple not having anything of that resolution in the offing, you really are a small minority of people who 1) have a need for that resolution when you clearly cannot resolve it with your own eyesight and 2) even bother trying to do anything that necessitates that kind of resolution on something so inconvenient to us.
Like you say, you have desktops and laptops and tablets. The first two are where "features" count and actual productivity is achieved.
RE: A whole lot of hoopla
1/19/2013 8:01:32 PM
I admit it's a bit of overkill but better that than underkill. I have a 1280 by 720 phone now and I would like higher resolution. The reason being that i often remote into servers while I'm out and about to take care of quick problems and I need hi res to make it easier. when your remote into servers it's easy enough to pinch to zoom a high res session, but its a pain in the ass to scroll over and move the sidebar down on a low resolution one. It drives me nuts.Since today than droids are 5 inches and 1080 p that's the next thing I'll get and I won't be going lower. I don't really particularly like 16 by 9and it's not really a line in the sand based on the spec it's just based on what's available today. Wanting more than 1280 by 720 Leaves me 1920 x 1080. 1440x900 would do the job fine but it doesn't exist on a phone or tablet and its too low for a laptop
RE: A whole lot of hoopla
1/19/2013 8:58:07 PM
Its less about resolution and more about size. He wants a big phone, and a good pixel density for something 5-6 inches would result in 1920x1080.
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