Larry Page, Chief Executive at Google, has verbally attacked Apple and Facebook in an interview with Wired Magazine.
The interview, which was caried out last year, before the Facebook Graph Search tool was unveiled but has only just been published, saw Page suggest the social media giant is “doing a really bad job on their products”.
Not content with lambasting one rival, Page went on to described the Apple iPhone as “unsatisfying”, saying the range provided by the market leading brand is limited.
Speaking to Stephen Levy, Page explained that he isn’t afraid to break boundaries and even laws to achieve a better product, preferring to focus on “moon shot” ideas that are technological revolutions.
Equally critical of technology journalists, he likens the current state of tech stories to sports reporting, adding that “it’s hard to find actual examples of really amazing things that happened solely due to competition.”
The competition he refers to could be due to many people’s opinions that Google Plus is the search engine’s attempt to rival Facebook. “We’re actually doing something different [from Facebook]. I think it’s outrageous to say that there’s only space for one company in these areas,” he explains, referencing Google’s emergence into a market where other successful search engines already existed.
“I’m very happy with how [Google Plus] has gone … a lot of it has been copied by our competitors, so I think we’re doing a good job,” he said.
Although Page failed to specify what parts of Google Plus have been copied, or the aspects of Facebook that are particularly bad, it is believed he knocked the social giant on account of its on-going privacy issues. The 39 year old Page co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998.
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