Google CEO Larry Page on Apple's "thermonuclear war": "How well is that working?"

Larry Page took over as CEO of Google in April of 2011, although insiders say that the job was always his, Eric Schmidt was simply "keeping the seat warm" until Page was ready. On the technology side of things, there wasn't much doubt the Page had the skills, but when dealing with the media, Page was a bit reserved at first. But, he's growing more confident, and in a a new interview with Wired, Page is ready to take swings at Facebook. He even commented on Apple's "thermonuclear war" with a confident and clear "How well is that working?"...
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22. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

In actual fact, Apple does less for the world then pretty much any other major company. With Steve Jobs moratorium on charity while Apple sat on billions, it was a shameful act.

31. nerdyking

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

ifan detected... beep beep beep ...

50. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Hold on now, folks. C-pap said "excrementally". I am willing to agree that apple has more than likely added more excrement to the world through its products and policies than most, if not all, companies so far in history. And while they should be called out on it, I am not sure it should be done "meritoriously", since it isn't an accomplishment that any decent person or company would be proud of.

27. faisolbauuz

Posts: 121; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

"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." one more reason why google is better than apple

32. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

not surprise by Page's comments.. he is the CEO of Google what are thing can he say?.. the war on Android was declared by Jobs.. now he comes forward with his comments but where were you Page when Jobs was alive huh...

35. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

About time you showed your face around here again. Theres been a noticeable lack of crazy since Taco was banned. Mxy has been trying to take up the slack, but he's just one guy. It'll be easier on him now that you're back.

49. 1v1addict

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

He doesn't have guts to confront jobs

58. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

At this point in time....I hope he doesnt confront Jobs. That would be a lil weird...

59. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Was he even asked this question while Jobs was alive? I wonder about some of yall sometimes.... And if we remember correctly...they admired Jobs and wanted Jobs to work for them. I wish the fanboys were like the Woz....it would be more civil....

68. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Go home chickend*ck, you are DRUNK (on apple juice)

36. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Both android and ios feel like they were designed 10 years ago.... Oh wait, they were designed 10 years ago. Modern opearating systems like Windows Phone and BB10 will eventually make these antiquated platforms look obsolete in comparison, so unless google is working on something new behind the scenes, I don't think Mr page or Mr schmidt should be acting smug toward anyone

39. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Android 4.2 is ahead of it's time. iOS 6 on the other hand....

45. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Loool Facepalm

46. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Sure, the guys with 70 percent market share shouldn't "act smug."

47. MeoCao unregistered

You are right! WinMo, WP or whatever MS calls it will always be fresh b-c MS makes a new OS every few years after another failure. And when Nokia abandons WP what will be left?

51. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Why would they abandon it? It has consistently positive growth, and Nokia has both loyalty and cachet on its own. While it is possible android-ers might buy an Android-powered Nokia for its natural superiority were there to be one made, there is so little profit and certain possible.market share with that, as well as limited manufacturing capacity, and no money from Daddy Warbucks, I mean Microsoft, to tide them over while the platform takes off.

52. MeoCao unregistered

Come on, how 920 sells? From 4M lumias sold last Q I guess there were only less than 1M 920s. Is that growth what Nokia wants? The strength of a company is in its people, but how many employees Nokia has now? Nokia success with Android is not guarranteed, but this is its only chance. Nokia should act quickly before it's too late.

60. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Funny you say that when Android has changed alot from 1.6 to 4.0....iOS tho.....not so much.

63. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Since its taken MS this long to answer the iPhone...its about time for MS. RIM too. Funny how if I remember right execs from both MS and RIM basically laughed at the orig iPhone. Look how that turned out.

40. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Tesla, that Serb was a genius.

43. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

lmfao... you guys are hilarious, seriously. You don't get to become CEO of anything, let alone the biggest mobile phone platform in the world, by being a nice guy. Behind that fake Larry Page smile is a complete asshole, trust me.

53. Shade

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 16, 2011

You do realize he didn't just become the CEO out of thin air, he co-founded the company. So it's not like he just came into this position.

44. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

"How exciting is it to come to work if the best you can do is trounce some other company that does roughly the same thing? That’s why most companies decay slowly over time... incremental improvement is guaranteed to be obsolete over time." Brilliant thinking. Hats off to you Larry

48. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

and yet he keeps trying to improve android incrementally?? Every aspect of Linux, from the kernel to the antiquated use of a JVM, is outdated, period. You can polish a turd all you like but it'll still be a turd.

56. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

what makes Linux a turd? It seems to work pretty well on a worldwide basis. I smell iFanboy. Or perhaps Windows fanboy?

61. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

If he hates on Linux....he cant be an iPhone fan.

62. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Dude.....go back and look at how Android changed from 1.6 to 4.0. Now compare iOS 1 to 5. And try that again... Almost the entire UI of Android has changed. And all companies improve their software incrementally. What do you think happens when bug fixes take place? Its the companies that improve incrementally and try to act like its a major change that Larry is talking about.

65. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Oh, Dear Mr. Larry the Thief. Didn't your mom teach you that stealing is bad? Because of your stealing and Samsung's stupidity, the asian guys paid $1.1 billion, which Giggle should gave paid. Because of you. And now you are talking?! Wtf?

67. willard12 unregistered

Stealing? Meaning, Apple invented something and Google stole it. So, what 1 thing has Apple invented/created/innovated? Name just 1, any 1, take your time. Slide to unlock...no, universal search.....no, pinch to zoom...no (and invalidated) , scroll bounce...no (and invalidated). Apple has invented NOTHING. They are the good artist that steals, remember. On the 1.1 billion, I don't recall Samsung having paid a dime at this point.

69. oNutz

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 19, 2013

FORGET APPLE! I just want you to imagine having a company that sells "anything". Sneakers, yo-yos, belt-buckles - I don't care what kind of doo-hickey it is. It doesn't matter. Imagine for one moment, YOUR trusted board-member launches a product that looks and feels very similar to the product that your team has been working on for years. You're telling me, you wouldn't be the slightest bit miffed? That's a YES or NO question by the way.

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