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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 epollyon on 1/21/2013 9:27:16 AM , Rating: 2
messele,
completely agree with you. i try to SSH and VNC on my iPad but its really just a toy when you are trying to do something serious. Android has been a disaster from my perspective and I wish Google would have either built their own system from scratch or gotten rid of the Java VM on the android they purchased.

In my perspective Android is a budget OS crammed with mediocre features and large performance handicap (just a fraction of the code runs natively). Google implements technologies like WebKit, java, and linux in a nice package but they are still largely a search service company.

Their software is pretty lame, in my opinion. Their philosophy is omnipresence and that is achieved through competitive pricing, open platforms, and attractive feature sets. As a google search and translation services fan, I am pretty disappointed with their OS and applications. I hope to see a make over for google. Currently, they appear as a junk drawer of products and features to me.


RE: A whole lot of hoopla
By retrospooty on 1/21/2013 1:17:59 PM , Rating: 2
You are absolutely right in 2011. Unfortunately it's 2 years later now and Android hasn't just caught up with IOS, it has dramatically surpassed it. Update your perspective to the modern 5 inch 1920x1080 Androids running Jelly Bean.


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