Larry Page, CEO of Google, did an interview with Wired recently, and some interesting things were said. He talked about Google in general as a company, including their products, side projects, and a lot more. However, there were a few highlights. My favorite has to be the one about Apple not quite liking Android:
Wired: Steve Jobs felt competitive enough to claim that he was willing to “go to thermonuclear war” on Android.
Page: How well is that working?
Wired: Do you think that Android’s huge lead in market share is decisive?
Page: Android has been very successful, and we’re very excited about it.
There’s a lot more to consider of course. Apple makes a lot more money than any Android manufacturer, mostly due to the walled garden approach, but Google’s goal isn’t to make money on Android. It’s to get their services to as many people as possible, and they’re doing that very well.
Here’s another interesting comment on Android’s openness:
Wired: Android has always prided itself on being a more open platform, compared to Apple’s walled-garden approach. That came into stark relief when Apple pulled Google Maps from iOS6 and launched its own maps app. Did the uproar over that decision vindicate your commitment to openness?
Page: I don’t want to comment on partner relationships. But we’ve been working on Maps for a long time, and it’s nice to see people realize that we’ve put a lot of effort and investment into it. That’s clearly more appreciated now.
Look, you may have the greatest maps in the world, but if nobody uses them, it doesn’t matter. Our philosophy has always been to get our products out to as many people as possible. Unfortunately that’s not always easy in this day and age. The web has been great; we were able to get products out to everyone, quickly and with high quality. Now we’re going backward with a lot of the platforms that are out there. Companies are trying to wall everything off, and I think that impedes the rate of innovation.
There is a lot more interesting reading material in that interview, so I suggest you give it a read. Tell us what you think about it! Is Page being overly confident, or is he a smart man? Leave a comment!