Larry Page, Sergey Brin talk Google’s product approach compared to Apple’s and more

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Google co-founders sat down with venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to talk about a few different topics. One of them was how the company develops new products. While Google and Apple are both giants in the tech industry, they take very different approaches to developing products. Apple chooses to work on a very small number of products at any given time; however, Google typically tries many things and sees what sticks.

Khosla asked how they differ on this subject, and Larry Page had this to say:

I would always have this debate, actually, with Steve Jobs. He’d be like, ‘You guys are doing too much stuff.’ And I’d be like, ‘Yeah that’s true.’ And he was right, in some sense. But I think the answer to that – which I only came to recently, as we were talking about this stuff – is that if you’re doing things that are highly interrelated [...] at some point, they have to get integrated.

Hit the break for more from the fireside chat and the video.
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Where’s Google Going Next? Watch the recent Larry Page TED interview to find out

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Last week we told you about how Robert Scoble was all upset because Larry Page was interviewed on TED, but he wasn’t wearing Google Glass. Now you can see the interview in it’s entirety. The interview was conducted by PBS’s Charlie Rose and is titled “Where’s Google Going Next?” It lasts about 20 minutes, and you will get to hear about how we need to get computers to understand us better, the NSA, and of course, Android.

If you want to give it a watch, look no further than here because we have the full video after the break. Enjoy!!


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Larry Page may have been holding Motorola back from making a legitimate Google phone

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When Google acquired Motorola way back when, people automatically assumed it would mean the company was ready to produce its very own Google phone. And according to a new report from The Information, that was exactly what Motorola set out to do. But there was only one problem — Larry Page. Google’s very own CEO was the man who turned down Motorola’s ambitious plan.
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Google experiences explosive Q3 earnings, Moto takes on more losses, smart-watches mentioned in earnings call

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Each quarter, public companies hold their earnings call with investors. Google’s was today, and CEO Larry Page began by talking about Google’s interest in multi-screen technologies— Both Chromecast and Google Glass fall under this category. Then, he mentioned smart-watches. We knew Google was working on their own version of the fast-growing device, but this is the first time we’ve heard it officially mentioned.

Google announced revenue of $14.89 billion this quarter, a 12% increase from last year’s earnings in Q3. This number soared above the expected earnings for this quarter, which is certainly great to hear considering Google didn’t hit their expected earnings in the last 2 quarters. Along with the announcement came, as expected, a huge surge in stock price— the price per share is now flirting with $1000.


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Sources speculate as to why Android’s Rubin is starting new chapter

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Last month Google CEO Larry Page announced Android founder and team member Andy Rubin was moving on to something new at Google. In his place, Sundar Pichai will be taking over the lead on Android. While all parties have been pretty mum on the subject of what Google was up to, that has not stopped the rumor mill from cranking up and trying to read between the lines. Recently, some folks with Business Insider spent some time speaking with insiders and former Google employees to see if they could piece together a better understanding of the situation.
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Andy Rubin says it’s the right time to start a new chapter within Google

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Though he is stepping down from his position as head of Google’s Android Mobile Operating System, Andy Rubin, has something to say about his future with the company.  Andy stated in a letter to Android Partners that he is “an entrepreneur at heart and now is the right time for me to start a new chapter within Google.”

Earlier today Larry Page used the term “moonshots” in his post announcing Andy’s departure from the Android team, which could only mean he is heading to Google X Lab (GXL). Lets hope Andy is hinting that “new chapter” is indeed GXL.

Hit the break for the entire letter.


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Google CEO Larry Page unscathed by Apple’s supposed “Thermonuclear War” against Android

In a recent interview conducted by The Wire on Google’s CEO Larry Page, he was asked to respond to the late Steve Jobs’ statement that Apple was going to have a “Thermonuclear War” against Android. Page simply replied with, “How’s that working out so far?”

It’s no secret that Android has been on a recent tear, especially this past year with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Nexus 7. With Android exponentially rising, this gives Page no reason to worry about Apple’s constant battle with their OS regardless of their recent court wins against Samsung and Android’s other vendors.

Page also added, “Android has been very successful, and we’re very excited about it.” We’re all very much excited about Android as well, especially for what it has to offer in this year.

Taking court battles aside, do you think Apple ever has a chance at bringing Android down? Or is it far too late for that now? Sound off in the comments!

source: The Wired

Google CEO Larry Page talks about a Motorola Nexus, Apple, and self-driving cars

Recently Google CEO Larry Page sat down with Fortune Magazine for a little interview. The first topic that came up was self-driving cars. Larry sees this as a huge “economic good” by saving millions of dollars on parking. He wasn’t just talking about the cost of just parking the car, but actually building garages. Right now the cost of building a parking garage is upwards of $40,000 per space. Larry envisions a self-driving car dropping you at the front door to the building you work at and then it would park itself. When you’re ready to leave, your phone will tell your car that it’s time to head back and get you.

As to Apple, they are both a competitor and a partner, and he said they he and Steve Jobs were friendly at times. He talked about the time that Steve Jobs tried to rally Apple employees by wanting to go thermonuclear war on Android. Larry doesn’t agree with that philosophy because it causes the employees to look at “somebody else” and what they do now and that’s not how you stay two or three steps ahead. He also talked about how Apple is a big distribution channel and they continue to talk to them to continue to provide those services and sometimes they are allowed to and sometimes they aren’t.


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Google and Apple CEOs Are Meeting For Behind-The-Scenes Patent Talks

The Patent Wars of 2012 already claimed one victim to the tune of $1.05 billion, and they don’t seem to be stopping any time soon. Now it seems it’s time to get the grown-ups involved. According to reports from Reuters, Google CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook have been conducting closed-door meetings about patents, intellectual property issues, and other things CEO’s talk about.

Apparently, the two head-honchos already had a phone talk last week, and talks at lower levels are also occurring between the companies. More talks between Page and Cook are expected in the coming weeks, but a Friday appointment has apparently been postponed to an unknown date, and for unknown reasons, though it could just be scheduling conflicts.

We’re not sure exactly what the talks involve, but one source has speculated that it could be the beginning of a truce about the disputes over basic features and functions in Android. I would tend to think these two would more likely talk at a higher level, discussing a possible broad settlement, rather than getting bogged down in the minute details of every issue. One thing’s for certain, though. The majority of their differences revolve around the rapidly growing mobile space, which is obviously of crucial important to both companies.

I, for one, applaud the intent of these discussions, and hope it can bring an end to all the litigation, which is only good for the lawyers involved. Will it bear fruit? I hope so, but I’m not holding my breath.

source: reuters

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