Larry Page says Android wasn't viewed as "critical" for Google's development in 2010

Larry Page says Android wasn't viewed as
The Google-Oracle lawsuit continues, with Oracle trying to jack up the importance of Android in order to shave more money off El Goog for the alleged Java patent infringment, while Google trying to downplay its importance any way it can.

Yesterday Google's CEO Larry Page said that Android wasn't viewed as "critical" for the company in 2010 when the lawsuit started. The exact words were:  “I believe Android was very important for Google. I wouldn’t say it was critical”. 

The idea for Android at the time was to get it in as many hands as possible, so when people move over to the eventual post-PC world, Google would have a venue to offer its search, mail, docs and so on services, which would preserve its bread-and-butter ad revenue.

Now of course, with Apple being the cash monster it became, Google might have changed its views on Android a bit, strategizing how to close the circle with Android to the extent of eventually building its own devices, but for 2010 Larry Page is probably correct about Android not viewed as "critical" for Google's continuing success. Andy Rubin and Eric Schmidt will be on the stand next, so we expect some more Android gems from the Oracle lawsuit testimonies.

source: TheVerge

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9 Comments

1. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Finally they admitted it. Android in many people hands as fast as possible, huh? Do you know what this mean? This mean anything from bad optimization to deep fragmentation.

2. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Whatever..

3. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

whatever troll

4. ilia1986 unregistered

Awesome. Now please read this before you begin posting any Anti-Google\Pro-Apple statements: http://androidcommunity.com/google-ceo-says-android-isnt-critical-only-a-tool-to-deliver-google-services-20120418/

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they didnt make a whole lot of money off of android in 2010. it was a very small piece of their revenue. Of course, in 2010 it had a much smaller part of the market it does now. for any trolls that want to come in, if you are a multi billion dollar company and you have a product that barely makes you a few million... are you going to call that a priority? yea, probably not. Then again, google gives away service after service for free. They are the exact opposite of Apple which wants to profit from every line of code they produce.

6. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

this wont get too much attention from ifan trolls Remix... if you noticed they barely bother you guys in android/google posts but the arguments seem to flare in apple-like posts...

7. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Fire also starts when Apple fanboys hears the "Samsung". More so if it has a "Galaxy SIII" at the end :p

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

segregation is wrong sir.. wrong!

9. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

When asked about iOS apps beating the Android versions of apps to market, Eric Schmidt had high hopes that would change with Ice Cream Sandwich "My prediction is that six months from now you’ll say the opposite." ---dec 2011 so much for the prophecy!

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