Google CEO: Rugged, longer-lasting, smartphones and tablets on tap

by David Needle

April 18 2013

Google is committed to continue making big bets, says Google CEO Larry Page.
Google is committed to continue making big bets, says Google CEO Larry Page.

During Google’s quarterly earnings call this afternoon, Google CEO Larry Page alluded to future devices in development that he has seen and emphasized his commitment to making big bets on new technology.

Referring to the current state of devices, Page said:

“In today’s multiscreen world, the opportunities are endless. Think about your device, battery life is a challenge for most people. You shouldn’t need to carry a charger to make it through the day.

“If your kids spill their drink on their tablet the screen shouldn’t die and when you drop your phone it shouldn’t shatter. There is a real potential to invent new and better experiences, ones that are much faster and more intuitive.”

While Google relies on a huge number of mobile device makers to support its Android operating system, Page said he was specifically impressed with products in developments at Motorola Mobility, which is now part of Google.

“Having seen Motorola’s upcoming products myself, I’m real excited by the potential there,” said Page. “In just under a year (since Google’s acquisition) they’ve accomplished a lot and have shown very impressive velocity and execution.”

Page said Google is committed to continuing to invest in “big bets” outside of its core search product line. “Incremental improvements are guaranteed to be obsolete over time,” said Page. Among others, he cited Google's $1.65 billion purchase of YouTube back in 2006 (a very controversial move at the time) and its current Google Glass project,  a new kind of wearable device the company's made available to a select group of developers.

Impact of Facebook Home

Page was also asked about Facebook’s recent introduction of Facebook Home. Some have speculated Google might not be happy about Facebook’s move because it makes Facebook a primary interface instead of Android.


But Page seemed supportive of the move.

“At Google we’re really focused on building and creating great Android experiences within the strong ecosystem that we have,” said Page. “It’s really great to see developers focused on and building on Android.”

Unlike Amazon, which runs its own so-called “forked” version of Android that requires apps be developed for Amazon’s Kindle devices, smartphones and tablets with Facebook Home will still run Android apps. 

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