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Google CEO Larry Page discusses competition, Android and other Google projects

Google CEO Larry Page sat down with Forbes to discuss the future of Google and shed some light on the company's future strategy. He also talked about competition from Apple and about Android.
December 11, 2012

During his recent interview with Fortune, Google CEO Larry Page discussed many things with the publication including Google’s place in the industry, Android, Google’s Mobile Projects, and competition in the mobile world.

Google bought Motorola Mobility back in May of 2012, and since then people have wondered whether or not Google’s Nexus lineup will be produced by Motorola. So far, that hasn’t been the case. The new tablets are made by Asus and Samsung, while the Nexus phones have been produced by other players such as HTC, Samsung and, most recently, LG. This is very odd, considering Google has its own highly capable mobile phone manufacturer right at their disposal. According to Page, the reason we haven’t seen any activity with Motorola is because Google hasn’t had enough time with Motorola since they took control.

Moving on to Google Wallet, Page revealed many frustrations with some problems the payment service has had with mobile operators. Google users are excited about the service, but unfortunately there merchants aren’t supporting it as much as it should be. Page says he would “like to see more cooperation in that area and in many parts of the industry.”

The CEO appeared to be very diplomatic when it comes to his views on competition in the mobile space, especially when talking about Apple vs Google. He mentioned that most of the big companies (read Apple) have taken an “island-like” approach which he quoted as “shame” to users.

Many of you are probably interested in the idea of a self-driving car and Fortune asked Page what he would change in this sense. One of the issues Google faces is parking. According to the CEO the cost to build a parking structure can be somewhere around $40,000 per space. Self-driving cars can save a lot of parking space simply because, robots can park a lot more efficiently than humans.

When asked how he felt about search and how it is going to be in five or ten years, he responded saying that the perfect search engine would really understand whatever your need is. In that sense, you wouldn’t need to even type what you want to search. Google would already know. This is light years ahead, but just another cool feature that Google will eventually have.

In addition to all these issues, he also talked about availability and sharing as key factors for our favorite Android’s success. Of course, apart from the cool features it supports, Page highlighted that Android’s revenue potential lies in location based services which he thinks is being monetized gradually and still in early stages.

The interview sheds some light on where Google is heading in terms of products and strategy. We would like to hear your opinion on what Page has to say. Do you think that his visions are achievable?