In a one-hour briefing held Thursday at the annual Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergery Brin tossed out any notion that Apple and Facebook pose as a viable threat.
Schmidt said that most people assume that Google's competition with the two companies are essentially "zero-sum games," or rather, battles to the death.
However, that's not the case Schmidt said. In fact, Facebook usage brings more business to the search engine giant. "The indications that we have show that when Internet users become Facebook users they actually do significantly more searches on Google," Brin said. On that same note, all three refused to confirm the existence of its supposed "Facebook killer," Google Me.
During the briefing, the trio was questioned about its crumbling relationship with Apple. Although Steve Jobs was invited to attend the conference, he was conveniently unavailable. Jobs also said at a recent conference that it was Google who was responsible for the decline in the relationship, blaming the Android mobile OS as cause for the break-up. Larry Page dismissed Jobs' view of the story, citing it as "a little bit like rewriting history."
"We had been working on Android a very long time, with the notion of producing phones that are Internet enabled and have good browsers and all that because that did not exist in the marketplace," Page said. "I think that characterization of us entering after is not really reasonable."
Schmidt added that the market was big enough for both Google's Android OS and Apple's iPhone to thrive.