MacNN | Google CEO Page laments relations with Apple, Amazon
Mac News Network View: Standard | Headlines | Categorized | Slim
Mac News Network
Mac News iPod News Reviews Forums
 

Desktop Headlines
Google CEO Page laments relations with Apple, Amazon
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 @ 12:48pm

It "would be nice" if Google could get along better with rival companies like Apple and Amazon, says Google CEO Larry Page in a new Fortune interview. He calls it a "shame" that the three companies are competing using entirely different business models: Apple relying on hardware, Google on advertising for free services, and Amazon on low-margin, high-volume web store sales. "All the big technology companies are big because they did something great," he remarks. "I'd like to see more cooperation on the user side. The Internet was made in universities and it was designed to integrate. And as we've commercialized it, we've added more of an island-like approach to it, which I think is somewhat of a shame for users."



If Google could cooperate better with its rivals, Page suggests that users would "suffer" somewhat less. "We try pretty hard to make our products available as widely as we can. That's our philosophy," he comments. "I think sometimes we're allowed to do that. Sometimes we're not." On the subject of Apple specifically, Page says that Google has a "big search relationship" with the company, and that the two parties do talk. He adds that he was friendly with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, but only "at times." Page is sticking by his perspective that Jobs' anger against Android was mostly for show and meant to rally Apple workers and supporters. "That's something I try not to do," he says. "I don't try to rally my company in that way because I think that if you're looking at somebody else, you're looking at what they do now, and that's not how again you stay two or three steps ahead." In recent months rumors have grown that Apple and Google are trying to resolve patent disputes that have seen Apple level lawsuits against Android device makers. While Apple has settled with HTC, it is still locked in confrontations with companies like Samsung.

Comments on this Article
Print Friendly Version
Email to a Friend
Add MacNN to Your RSS Feeds
Buy from the Apple Store


Related Stories:

Today's MacNN Stories:

  • App deals for OS X: Watermark FX, Contour, Classic Snake - 9:35 PM EST
  • App deals for iOS: Galaxy Trucker, Big Photo, Sproggiwood - 9:25 PM EST
  • Cook peddles Apple optimism on CNBC's 'Mad Money' - 8:10 PM EST
  • Mac base now 9.2 percent of worldwide PC users - 6:05 PM EST
  • Brazil bans WhatsApp for 72 hours for not complying with court order - 5:42 PM EST
  • - 5:37 PM EST
  • - 4:31 PM EST
  • - 4:08 PM EST
  • - 3:52 PM EST
  • The MacNN Podcast, episode 61: Dalek Management Hierarchy Theory - 3:15 PM EST
  • Daily Deals: Anker SoundCore, Canon EOS Rebel T5, iRobot Roomba 700 - 3:06 PM EST
  • You've still got time: Mothers' Day gift suggestions from MacNN staff - 1:39 PM EST
  • LA judge issued warrant to compel woman to unlock iPhone with Touch ID - 12:43 PM EST
  • This Week in Apple History: April 30 through May 6 - 11:55 AM EST
  • Pointers: fix the click on Magic Trackpad 2 - 10:30 AM EST
  • MacNN Deals: Get more productive with these four Mac software offers - 10:03 AM EST
  • Hulu reportedly working on Internet TV service launch for next year - 8:40 AM EST
  • Hands On: Alto Braided Lightning Cable - 8:00 AM EST
  • Apple debuts Mother's Day 'Shot on iPhone' ad - 7:23 AM EST
  • The Big Deal: Upgrade your photography, image editing skills for $29 - 6:53 AM EST
  • - 1:00 AM EST

    Today's iPodNN Stories:
  • So long, and thanks for everything! - 2:31 PM EST
  • Lizard Squad member convicted over 50,700 computer crime charges - 9:58 AM EST
  • Microsoft offers grants to universities for HoloLens research - 7:25 AM EST
  • LG Display starts mass production of AIT display panels for notebooks - 7:47 AM EST
  • Briefly: EE fined £1M in UK, Unofficial YouTube app on Android Wear - 11:14 AM EST
  • No comments posted on this story yet. Please post yours.
    Your Comments
    In order to post comments, you must be a registered member of the MacNN Forums and logged in. Please login with your MacNN Forums username and password.

    MacNN Forums Login:

    MacNN Forums Password:

    Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.