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 4:47:03 PM
"these "Features" that are boasted about are largely irrelevant and most people just do not car"
I dont care what "most" people do. Most people are clueless with tech. I care about getting the best phone available, and these days that is on Android, by a large margin.
"The other camp (me) are willing to sacrifice features that they will not use for something that has thus far proven to be utterly reliable without the bad experiences of phones they have owned in the past. No lockups, no battery pulls or hard resets, no dicking around for hours trying to get Wi-Fi to work. Flawless integration with their desktop and laptop machines."
Fair enough if referring to Android through 2011. Android 2.x sucked and many makers had bead implementations that made it worse. However, no-one is buying a phone in 2011, at this point due to the laws of science we are all going to be buying phones in 2013 at the earliest. Now, Android has matured and caught up and doesn't have those issues. Put simply, it has the best OS and the best hardware with the most options. If you like a small phone with a great GPU and none of the other great features the iPhone is missing, then the iPhone is a great phone. What it does, it does do well. Its strong GPU is only good for one thing, gaming... And to be gaming on a tiny screen like that is really a waste to me. That and when I have time to game, I use my PC or PS3, not a phone. None of them are any good compared to PC and consoles.
Agreed some of features are useless for alot of people, but SD card is HUGE and there is no excuse to not support it for Apple. We keep hearing that the device size is more important, but that is just ridiculous. The iPhone's bezel is huge. It could easily fit 4 sd card slots.
Whatever though. Each platform has its own strengths and weaknesses. PErsonally, I wont ever but anything below 1920x1080 again. Not phone, tablet, laptop or otherwise. Apple has no products that interest me right now... That would change with an iPad mini with retina. bump up the res and SOC and that thing is really nice.
RE: A whole lot of hoopla
1/20/2013 8:06:49 AM
I'm holding my breath for the phone with Windows 8 on it... and no I don't mean the mobile version. Windows 8 reminds me more of Linux than ever before: fast, a little tacky, and very scalable (able to run on old or new hardware quickly). Android is the best mobile app, but full W8 on a phone would be an improvement over Android.
Now... I just wonder when Intel plans on selling phones in NA...
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