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Larry Page Talks Motorola’s Future Disruptive Products, Scoffs at Apple’s Thermonuclear War

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Google CEO Larry Page sat down for a lengthy interview with Wired recently that covered a number of big, broad topics. As one would expect, Android, Motorola, Google+, and competitors like Apple and Facebook highlight the conversation. Page, who typically holds back a bit, unlike former CEO Eric Schmidt,, seemed to open up a bit and even take a few subtle shots at some of his company’s foes. 

Most importantly to us, he talked about Motorola, a company we still aren’t sure what to expect from almost a year after being acquired by Google. The original question touched on the purchase as being patent-driven, but Page quickly turned it towards the products that we may soon see. Their goal is to make disruptive products in a similar way to what Google has done for years. He sees plenty of room for innovation when it comes to phone hardware.

Here is Page’s quote on Motorola:

As we said when we acquired Motorola, we’re running it independently, and Dennis Woodside is in charge. But that’s very much what we want to do with Motorola and what Dennis wants to do. There’s a lot of room for innovation in hardware. The phones we use now have glass that everyone worries will break if they drop the device. Five or 10 years from now, that will be different. There’s going to be a lot of change.

When asked about Steve Jobs’ threat to wage a thermonuclear war against Android, Page responded simply with:

How well is that working?

To be fair to Apple, we can’t completely dismiss their tactics for war. They were able to force HTC into a licensing deal and have also completed the first few steps in a process to get Samsung into paying them around $1 billion. Google may not have felt the wrath of Apple, but the companies using their software certainly have.

Last, the interview moved towards Google’s biggest online competitor, Facebook. Page mentioned that they are a strong competitor, but that Google feels it is doing something different with Google+. He also pointed out that he doesn’t believe Facebook is releasing quality products. In fact, he called them “bad” and then mentioned their competitors copying some of the things they have introduced with Google+.

It’s not the way I think about it. We had real issues with how our users shared information, how they expressed their identity, and so on. And, yeah, they’re a company that’s strong in that space. But they’re also doing a really bad job on their products. For us to succeed, is it necessary for some other company to fail? No. We’re actually doing something different. I think it’s outrageous to say that there’s only space for one company in these areas…

…I’m very happy with how it has gone. We’re working on a lot of really cool stuff. A lot of it has been copied by our competitors, so I think we’re doing a good job.

You can read the full interview over at Wired if you’d like.

Via:  Wired

  • socalrailroader

    Lol Cool stuff, VERY dorky looking presenter :D

  • sport

    It’s Kermy! In green, even!

  • nightscout13

    Thermonuclear War died with Steve Jobs.

  • Jason Thiele

    .. He is the quite the diva when it comes to colored microphones..

  • Mike Even

    SHOCKED Wired even did an interview with Google. They are Apple’s biggest mouth piece and support in the media. Most of what Wired puts out is just fluff. Nice to see Google taking shots

    • Trueblue711

      Then they surely chose the right audience/people to give their shady remarks to!

    • PhillipCun

      Apple has been getting a lot of bad press with all these analysts saying this and that about Apple peaking. They’re probably jumping on it so they can sell more magazines and get more hits.

  • Trueblue711

    I’m loving the shady remark given to Apple.

    But Larry, Google+ is not superior to Facebook, sorry. You also have nerve talking about them taking features when G+ is a FB+Twitter hybrid clone.

    • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

      While that may have been somewhat true initially, G+ has gone in a completely different direction, and FB and Twitter have definitely noticed. I can actually see the 3 coexisting quite harmoniously. FB is for friends/acquaintences to keep tabs, Twitter for real-time updates, and G+ for content discovery and groups. Of course there is plenty of overlap possible, but that’s what I see their niches as. There will never be “one social media to rule them all”, that would be a horrible experience imho.

  • SMoose

    “A lot of it has been copied by our competitors, so I think we’re doing a good job.”

    The difference between Apple and Google.

    • Timothy McGovern

      If it were apple it would have said: “A lot of it has been copied by our competitors, so I think we’re getting a good lawyer.”

  • El Big CHRIS

    My gosh how i wish i worked at el Goog! :^(

  • Dr_Buttballs

    Larry? don’t you mean Lloyd?

    • Stevedub40

      Beautiful accent. Austrailian?

  • Josh Flowers

    he is rocking the Lloyd Christmas haircut…but by golly if i had his $ i’d wear whatever i wanted and not care.

  • Shaggy723

    “and have also completed the first few steps in a process to get Samsung into paying them around $1 billion.” – Completely Samsung’s fault…

  • trainplane3

    I can say that from personally talking to Mr. Woodside, he is very confident in turning Motorola around. I really do wish him the best!

  • Naga Appani

    Cool Guy… #Respect

  • Uriah Bullard

    Please, O Please. let this Motorola X phone be outstanding!

    • JoshGroff

      It will be.

    • Trueblue711

      Outstanding and locked down!

      • Jimneezy

        Locked down? Owned by Google? Am I missing something here?

        • Trueblue711

          I think you are.. Moto has continued to lock their phones down despite Google’s acquisition.

          • Mark Mann

            motorola hasn’t released any google developed phones, this point is moot

          • Trueblue711

            Of course a Google phone will be unlocked, but there’s a slim chance their regular phones (Razr, Milestone, etc) will have an unlocked bootloader.

          • Mark Mann

            anything motorola(post-google) releases should be unlocked, and verizon and the other carriers better allow it on their networks, or they will lose customers left and right. i also agree with you about the slim chance the backlog of phones(developed by pre-google moto) will ever see the light of an unlocked day. but to say that current(post google) moto is bad because of the actions of pre-google moto is kinda silly…but we’ll see

          • jessiejames1209

            A very small percentage of Verizon or any carrier customers know what a bootloader is so I doubt that a locked bootloader will hurt sales.

          • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 jcardona

            “or they will lose customers left and right”

            That would make Verizon LOL.

          • michael arazan

            Just as long as They don’t take away expandable memory in Moto phones

          • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

            Motorola caved to Verizon the same as their competitors. DNA, RAZR M/HD, SGS3, all were released with locked bootloaders on VZW. Moto provides an unlock tool for the Photon Q, Atrix HD, and international RAZR’s. I’m pretty sure if they could allow unlock of the back catalog of devices not on Verizon they would, but knowing the security features they enabled on the OMAP SoC’s, that’s impossible, so they did what they could.

          • Mark Mann

            moto hasn’t released a phone that was google designed…

      • JBartcaps

        No, just no.

        • Trueblue711

          I’m imagining you covering your ears screaming “no no no” like an 8 year old child.

    • Ray

      Even so, it’s still Motorola. Hopefully Google adds better hardware to their Motorola device(s). The previous devices were horrendous. I think they should incorporate the Atrix 4G fingerprint scanner. That was the only reason I bought the Atrix. Now, I cannot put my Nexus 4 down. L O V E T H I S D E V I C E !

      • PhillipCun

        Are you kidding me? Motorola uses better materials than most OEMs (OG Droid), has THE BEST radios (ahem Samsung has the WORST, can’t even lock GPS on the SG2). They also have the best battery life…. “Still motorola”? Motorola has a strong portfolio and a longer history of creating cell phones than Samsung. Yeah they haven’t produced a good looking phone or were they able to market like Samsung. But when it comes to the basics of a phone, they are the strongest. Strong radios, great battery life and decent materials. If they are able to incorporate great design, device support, good marketing/branding they can do well.

        trust me i have the GNex, but Motorola made the best radio (which probably contributes to their good battery life). I am hopeful they will produce a great phone because when it comes down to it, they have been producing phones longer than some of the popular OEMs today.

        • Tim242

          Battery life is only good on Motorola phones with bigger batteries. That is not really good battery life, as it is just higher capacity. I had the OG Droid Razr before exchanging it for the Gnex. Battery life was not good. As for the radios, the RAZR always had the same dBm as my Gnex, and performed the same. More signal bars does not equal better radios. Motorola phones always have inflated signal bars. I have generally liked their hardware better, but their new phones feel as plasticy as any other.