July 25, 2014

Google CEO talks Android, Nexus program, Apple, and more in rare interview

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Google CEO Larry Page thinks that the Android team has done a pretty god job of keeping its partners happy.  Considering this is one of the chief concerns for Google and Co., we’d hope for at least some success in this area.

In a lengthy, and rare, interview with Fortune, Larry Page sheds light on a few facets of the Android and mobile space. Topics range from monetizing Android to the Nexus program with a bit of ‘this and that’ sprinkled in for good measure. Oh, and there’s some talk of Apple.

We’ve pulled out a few topics and listed their respective quotes however we definitely recommend reading through the full Fortune interview.

On staying ahead of the competition (Apple, Microsoft, etc) Page indicates that Google doesn’t spend much time evaluating the current landscape.

I don’t like 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.

Speaking of Apple

I think it would be nice if everybody would get along better and the users didn’t suffer as a result of other people’s activities. I try to model that. We try pretty hard to make our products be available as widely as we can. That’s our philosophy.

Where’s the Motorola Nexus device?

First of all, I don’t think there’s any physical way we could have released a Nexus Motorola device in that sense. I mean, we haven’t owned the company long enough. 

On how Google balances the Nexus program with multiple partners..

The right way to think about it is how do we get amazing products into users’ hands in the most cost-effective, highest quality way possible and to the most people…we want to build an amazing device that kind of showcases what’s possible on Android, gives a way for the programmers to get early builds, does a whole bunch of things that are important…Every day we kind of evaluate how do we help our partners out the right way, how do we produce amazing innovative devices, and how do we get those out, and how do we get that innovation into the ecosystem and into the hands of as many people as possible, and how do we keep our partners happy. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of that so far.