Saturday, October 1, 2011

Google's competition is with innovators in a garage

Apple recently surpassed Google+ as the most valuable brand in the world. How do you think the rivalry will play out in the future?
It's an exciting time to be in the technology space. I believe that the technological revolution we're in the midst of now will be remembered as one of the greatest in the history of mankind, if you consider both the pace of innovation and the effect it's having on people's lives.

But in terms of our competitors, as I've always said -- I'm more worried about the two guys in the garage coming up with the next Google than our big competitors today! In the meantime, we'll stay focused on our users and fostering the kind of innovation that can change the world.

Trends in social web are something that Google has failed to capitalize on so far. Do you think that Google+ can change it?
About a month ago, we launched the Google+ field trial and we've been excited about the initial response and the growth it has experienced in these very early days. The idea behind the Google+ project is that relationships, identity, and sharing haven't yet been figured out in the online context -- the current offerings of the social web don't replicate how these things work in real life. So we designed this space from scratch with the idea of creating a better way of connecting users with the various groups of people in their lives.

The other aspect of Google+ is knitting together all of our products. It's undeniable that the people web has become a huge trend in the past few years, and we've seen a lot of social activity throughout Google: consider the 100m shares, likes, comments on YouTube every week; the hundreds of millions of people around the world who use Gmail; or products like Docs, Calendar, and Picasa which were built around the notions of collaboration and sharing.

Google+ is designed to have an impact across all of Google, and bring together all of our products through a common infrastructure. I think the people web is still in very early days and there will be a lot of innovation in this space.

Google has tasted great success with Android. The adoption is tremendous. But mostly the tangible benefits are for phone makers because Android is free to use. How does Google plan to monetize the success of Android?
The vision at the very heart of Android is openness and it has been an amazing driver for innovation across every aspect of the smartphone space -- handset

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