Sundar Pichai is no longer the face of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps. He is now the face of every Google product there is. The company has reorganized its staff and CEO Larry Page gave Pichai expanded leadership over just about everything offered by Google. According to a staff memo released internally on Friday, executives will begin reporting to Pichai rather than Page.
Google is a company that continues to grow and has branched out into numerous areas, apparently attempting to live up to the inspiration for its name. Despite all the projects and products that Google is involved with, a new report from The Information indicates CEO Larry Page is looking further down the road and apparently sees the company doing things on a grand scale. A couple of the really big ideas that have surfaced include Page’s idea to build a model airport and possibly even a city as part of an effort that is being referred to internally as Google 2.0.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
I have to be honest, I was never a big fan of the KitKat bar, but that’s starting to change thanks to the above image, This special edition Android KitKat was posted by Larry Page on Google+ last night.
We don’t know if these will be marketed, but I sure hope so. One other thing to point out is the photo was taken with a Moto X, not some future Nexus device.
source: +Larry Page
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.
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.
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