Google’s Larry Page: How well is your ‘thermonuclear war’ working, Apple?

“In one of the rare interviews he has granted as CEO, [Google’s Larry] Page recently discussed thinking big and other Googley issues with Wired at the company’s Mountain View, California, headquarters,” Steve Levy reports for Wired.

A snippet:

Wired: Steve Jobs felt competitive enough to claim that he was willing to ‘go to thermonuclear war’ on Android.

Page:How well is that working?

Full interview here.

MacDailyNews Take:

Google CEO Larry Page
Google CEO Larry Page
Pretty good, Larr.

Pretty, pretty, pretty good:

Apple rakes in 71% of the world’s smartphone profits – September 8, 2012

And, in honor of your visage:

Apple kicks Google’s Android in the teeth; $1.05 billion jury award may really be worth $450 billion – August 27, 2012

Suck on those fumes, Google-Boy. But, before you do, chew on this:

Steven P. Jobs Trust now making money off Motorola Mobility Android phones – November 3, 2012

Have fun trying to make it up on volume. Next time you see him, ask Mikey Dell how well that’s working.

Hey, maybe you could trot out yet another lackey on some stage somewhere to trumpet “activations?”

By the way, how’s your pet mole?

As we wrote back in November:

Android can be widespread and still demographically inferior precisely because of the way in which and to whom Android devices are marketed. Unending BOGO promos attract a seemingly unending stream of cheapskate freetards just as inane, pointless TV commercials about robots or blasting holes in concrete walls attract meatheads and dullards, not exactly the best demographics unless you’re peddling muscle building powders or grease monkey overalls.

Google made a crucial mistake: They gave away Android to “partners” who pushed and continue to push the product into the hands of the exact opposite type of user that Google needs for Android to truly thrive. Hence, Android is a backwater of second-rate, or worse, app versions that are only downloaded when free or ad-supported – but the Android user is notoriously cheap, so the ads don’t sell for much because they don’t work very well. You’d have guessed that Google would have understood this, but you’d have guessed wrong. Google built a platform that depends heavily on advertising support, but sold it to the very type of customer who’s the least likely to patronize ads.

iOS users are the ones who buy apps, so developers focus on iOS users. iOS users buy products, so accessory makers focus on iOS users. iOS users have money and the proven will to spend it, so vehicle makers focus on iOS users. Etcetera.

Android can have the “Hee Haw” demographic. Apple doesn’t want it or need it; it’s far more trouble than it’s worth.

[Attribution: Cult of Mac]

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Why Apple’s iOS will win the platform war over Google’s Android – January 11, 2013The Android engagement paradox – November 26, 2012
People buy more Android phone units and do less with them vs. Apple’s revolutionary iPhone – November 14, 2012
Study: iPhone users vastly outspent Android users on apps, respond much better to ads – August 20, 2012
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Game over, Android: Apple owns 84% of mobile gaming revenue – May 7, 2012
Wealthy smartphone users more likely to have iPhones; less likely to play games, tweet – April 2, 2012
U.S. Apple product users split evenly between Republicans and Democrats; Half of U.S. households own at least one Apple product – March 28, 2012
Study: iPad users more likely to buy – and buy more – online than traditional PC users – September 29, 2011
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iPhone users smarter, richer, less conservative than Android phone users – August 16, 2011
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Study: Apple iPhone users richer, younger, more productive than other so-called ‘smartphone’ users – June 12, 2009
Nielsen: Mac users are better educated and make more money than PC users – July 12, 2002


  1. So it’s appears by looking at google’s upper management that being a complete fscking douche is a prerequisite to work there.

    And, as many have pointed out, they should be directing the question at themselves.*

    *Unless he’s talking about the court of public opinion, which apple is not handling well, and regarding which, the douches at google are shamelessly using money and their Internet dominance to unduly influence.

  2. So much for Steve Jobs trying to mentor this guy. For years I gave Page the benefit of the doubt and attributed Google’s move into Android as Eric Schmidt’s perfidy. But no longer. “Do no evil” LOL!

  3. Apple is getting most of the profits that Google wasn’t going to get anyway. They are both winning here as Google Services are well represented on iOS.

    The real losers are Microsoft which can never se an OS again and every other hardware vendor whose name does not rhyme with dung.

  4. This ass-hat hasn’t the first clue about where Apple has it’s R&D resources allocated. He lost that insight the day Eric Schmidt was booted from Apple’s board. There’s a clear delineation between innovating with purpose and ramshackle experimentation. Rest assured, Apple is hard at work on what it feels is the next great thing. They’re making good money while they’re at it.

    The most extraordinary breakthroughs don’t happen overnight. There were almost 2 decades separating the Mac from the iPod. 6 years later came the iPhone, which we eventually learned originated from an early iPad concept. It took nearly 25 years to deliver three products that changed the world forever. For all of the alleged “innovation” that Page is churning out at Google, they have yet to produce a single seminal product to impact our species the way that these 3 Apple products have.

    Google started out with a killer mission – connect humankind with all data everywhere. The real hypocrisy here is that Google seemingly decided at some point to stop focusing on that and instead compete in as many markets as they can. I’d argue that they left a ton of important innovation on the table the day they decided to compete with Apple.

    1. Don’t be so sure they don’t have other moles inside Apple. Jobs knew as much when he was there and put in place tight security, and Cook said he was doubling down on security, my guess one of the last lessons he and Steve discussed.

  5. according to oracle/Google court case Google said they made 550 million from Android since inception 2008 to 2011 , i.e roughly 100+ million a year.

    Goog spent 12500 million for Motorola , a company that loses money and whose patents are FRAND compromised.

    at that rate it’ll take 100 years for Google to make money off android.

    Meanwhile apple rakes in billions in profit off iOS every quarter.

    Perhaps Apple should say: ” the thermonuclear war is going just FINE Page”

    (all the google marketshare numbers is google’s desperate attempts to hoodwink investors who are wondering when the android fiasco is going to pay off. )

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