Larry Page Discusses Motorola Hardware, War With Apple, and iOS Google Maps
Google CEO Larry Page isn’t a man known for giving too many interviews, yet we’ve been hearing an awful lot from him lately. Last month, he spoke to Fortune about his company, touching on subjects like the possibility of a Motorola Nexus phone. Today, we’ve got a brand new Page interview to check out, and once again he addresses several topic near and dear to our smartphone-loving hearts.
Just like last time, he has a little to say about Motorola, and while he once again shies away from too many specifics, he does have some intriguing things to say. In particular, he talks about places for innovation, and mentions the fragile glass components used in current smartphones. Page sees a future five or ten years from now where worrying over shattering your phone’s screen will be a thing of the past. He doesn’t necessarily say that Motorola is working on its own Gorilla Glass, and is clear that Motorola will continue to run independently of Google.
Concerning Apple’s Maps debacle, as well as last month’s release of Google Maps for iOS in response, Page declines to discuss the specifics of its relationship with partner companies, but offers, “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.” He adds, “our philosophy has always been to get our products out to as many people as possible,” which is an interesting sentiment to express, considering the recent issues with Google Maps and Windows Phone 8.
Still on the topic of competition with Apple, his interviewer brings up the Steve Jobs quote where he accused Android of being a stolen product, and vowed, “I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” Page’s response is short and sweet, apparently confident in the latest figures showing Android’s worldwide market share:
“How well is that working?”