Google CEO Says Rivalry with Apple and Amazon Hurt Users

Google CEO Larry Page | Google Management Website

Google’s Chief Executive Larry Page has lamented on various companies’ “island-like approach” when it comes to commercializing the Internet. That’s because services from Google, Apple and Amazon don’t integrate well with one another.

Google: Working on Their Philosophy

In an interview with Fortune that was published last Tuesday, Page said that it was “a shame” that three tech giants are competing against each other. That’s because each of them has completely different business models.

Apple gains revenue from hardware, while Google sells advertising that it accompanies with its free services. Meanwhile, Amazon sells item and content from its online store by taking on low-margin, high-volume approach. According to Page:

All the big technology companies are big because they did something great. 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 a shame for users.

That said, the CEO feels that it “would be nice” if Google could get along better with Apple and Amazon. He believes that more cooperation between the three of them would make user suffer less.

We try pretty hard to make our products available as widely as we can. That’s our philosophy. I think sometimes we’re allowed to do that. Sometime we’re not.

Larry Page Discussing Patent Litigations with Tim Cook

When asked whether Google is discussing its patent issues with Apple, Page just said that his company has a “big search relationship” with the Cupertino-based company. He even added that both companies do talk.

Page even revealed that he is friendly with late Apple CEO Steve Jobs “at times”. He also clarified previous comments about Job’s hatred towards Android as just “for show”, adding that he felt that it “partly” to energize Apple employees and supporters.

That’s something I try not to do. 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.

However, Page’s recent interview with Fortune didn’t discuss the recent claims that Page was in direct talks with Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding patent litigations. Last August, it was reported that both chief executives had phone conversations about intellectual property issues.

Leave a Comment