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Google CEO Larry Page expresses distaste for "island-like" tech industry and competitive relationship with Apple

News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday December 11, 2012.

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Google CEO Larry Page knows that his company is in constant competition with big tech companies like Apple and Amazon, but he's not a fan of the way tech companies interact with each other. In an interview published by Fortune, Page discusses Google's place as one of the biggest tech brands in the world, which means Google has several products that are pitted against rivals. Responding to a question about companies competing against each other with different business models, Page said:

I actually view that as a shame when you think about it that way. 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 interoperate. And as we've commercialized it, we've added more of an island-like approach to it, which I think is a somewhat a shame for users.

The internet landscape has changed greatly in the past five years. Where users could once expect to access services on multiple platforms or have some rudimentary links between services, companies are increasingly moving toward the ecosystem model. There's still interoperation, but more companies, including Google, are moving to deliver a one-stop service that meets as many of a user's needs as possible. The trouble, in Page's opinion, is that there's not enough choice for users, so consumers suffer as a result of the competition between companies. Page went on to say:

"What I was trying to say was 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. I think sometimes we're allowed to do that. Sometimes we're not."

Page also discusses Google's changing search efforts, its "big gamble" on Google+, and how the company hasn't owned Motorola long enough to begin introducing Nexus devices. The complete interview will be published in Fortune magazine, but excerpts from the conversation are available at Fortune.com.

source: Forbes

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