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Google: Apple, Facebook Pose No Threat

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.

  • Computerrock1
    Woohoo! Shove that foot into steve job's @$$!
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  • walt526
    Saying that having healthy competition between Android and iOS is good for everyone (consumers and the two companies) is not just a cliche, but it's actually the case. That the two have pushed each other to improve their respective products over the past year puts both in a position to weather the introduction of MSFT's WP7. I'm not sure that having three distinct smartphone platforms is sustainable, but there is probably room for 2.
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  • shloader
    Steve Job's unique way of recalling the past. iHistory.
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  • fulle
    Apple's entire business model relies on being able to sell overpriced crap, I mean products, to a smaller moron, I mean premium, market. Google makes bank mostly on advertising, which relies on mass volume.

    Google can give a damn about Apple.
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  • Ragnar-Kon
    Strange that Jobs said that the Android marketComputerrock1Woohoo! Shove that foot into steve job's @$$!So I fail to see how he was shoving that foot. First, Jobs was invited to the conference, and second, Schmidt said that the market was big enough for both the iPhone and the Android. Didn't seem like he was trying to shove any foot into anyone's ass to me.
    Besides, I'm sure Google loves that the iPhone ships with a few of Google's apps.
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  • Ragnar-Kon
    Ragnar-KonStrange that Jobs said that the Android marketIgnore that, lack of editing fail.
    walt526Saying that having healthy competition between Android and iOS is good for everyone (consumers and the two companies) is not just a cliche, but it's actually the case. That the two have pushed each other to improve their respective products over the past year puts both in a position to weather the introduction of MSFT's WP7. I'm not sure that having three distinct smartphone platforms is sustainable, but there is probably room for 2.For the most part, I think your correct. But I do think there is room for three.
    Same that your post will get marked down there (probably mine too). Gotten to the point that people on this site seem to want to eradicate Apple off the face of the planet.
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  • exodite
    Ragnar-KonBut I do think there is room for three.How about RIM? Nokia with Symbian and MeeGo? HP with the Palm/WebOS acquisition?

    I believe there's room for a lot more than three platforms.

    The great things about mobile platforms, as things currently stand, is that they're little more than service delivery system. As long as they offer the functionality and performance people want the masses couldn't care less about the platform. After all, they're just phones... right?

    Overall this is a significant advantage over traditional computers where we have a lot of platform bias and exclusive software. Ideally I'd rather the desktop and notebook platforms learn from the mobile ones than vice versa.
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  • maestintaolius
    Ragnar-KonIgnore that, lack of editing fail.For the most part, I think your correct. But I do think there is room for three.Same that your post will get marked down there (probably mine too). Gotten to the point that people on this site seem to want to eradicate Apple off the face of the planet.I think Apple is just fine and their products are just fine or the best solution for some people, just not for me. I wouldn't be opposed to the eradication of the fanbois and haters off the planet however. And that goes for all of em, MS, Linux, Apple, 360, PS3, Intel, AMD, etc fanbois, anyone who starts to view a product more as a way of life or religion because their device is the "One True Way" rather than just another tool is just silly.
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  • pharge
    exoditeHow about RIM? Nokia with Symbian and MeeGo? HP with the Palm/WebOS acquisition?I believe there's room for a lot more than three platforms.The great things about mobile platforms, as things currently stand, is that they're little more than service delivery system. .
    The problem is.. in these days, smartphones are getting like small computers. Basic functions like phone calling. web browsing are never a selling point for the high end smartphones. When the hardware spec are getting closer, the size and quality of its app market are getting more and more important for the buyers (non-business market). In that case, just like the DirectX vs OpenGL, Windows vs OS X vs Linux, or even XBox 360 vs PS3, too much of plateform wars actually hurt the developers and customers.

    So do we have room for 3? Maybe... but definitely not 4, 5, or even more.... or somebody will have to leave the high end market soon.

    By the way, while Apple is fighting for its own pie.. Google is being samrt by not only owning the google pie but also getting slices from the Apple pie....
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  • exodite
    phargeSo do we have room for 3? Maybe... but definitely not 4, 5, or even more.... or somebody will have to leave the high end market soon.I don't believe that comparison is entirely accurate.

    Smartphone platforms are more akin to Linux distros than anything else, offering basically the same features in different packaging. Maybe things will change but as long as basic interoperability, forced through the commonality of the services provided, is maintained there's likely always going to be room for more.
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