Google CEO: Competitors won't slow us down

Google CEO: Competitors won't slow us down

Summary: Although most of the attention was focused on Google+ during Google's quarterly webcast for investors on Thursday, CEO Larry Page did take a moment to address its patent dispute with Oracle.

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Although most of the attention was focused on Google+ during Google's quarterly webcast for investors on Thursday, CEO Larry Page did take a moment to address its patent disputes with competitors.

Of course, it was a very brief moment - quite similar to when Google's executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt recently answered questions about the FTC and problems with China.

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The latest developments in the ongoing struggle between Oracle and Google rests on a Java patent claim after the acquisition of Sun Microsystems as Oracle wants to collect cash from Android device manufacturers. CEO Larry Ellison and company are arguing for at least $2.6 billion in rewards from Google over the alleged infringement.

Then there's Microsoft to worry about, which wants Samsung to pay up $15 for each Android handset it makes. Additionally, Microsoft, along with Apple and consortium of other major tech players, recently outbid Google for the Nortel telecommunications patents by paying $4.5 billion in cash. If Google had won, it could have solidified itself as a major and persuasive force (if it's not already) in the mobile industry.

Nevertheless, Page is holding on to an optimistic outlook. Without delving into any specifics and offering rather thin responses in general during the call, Page kept it simple by saying that "despite the efforts of some of our competitors, there hasn't been any slow down" when it comes to building more Android devices, and that "we will support it in a cost-effective manner."

Considering that there are roughly 550,000 Android phones activated each day on average, it doesn't look like there is any sign of a slow down whatsoever.

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  • Translation: We will steal and copy what ever we want

    ... without paying a license for other people's technology.
    wackoae
    • Apple was one of the first to pay to Amazon for '1-click' buying, no matter

      @wackoae: ... how obvious the idea might seem or not. This is because Apple tries to respect patent law when it is consciously aware that some patent exist and when licensor offers sane fee percentage for the license. (It was not the case with Nokia's patents: negotiations stalled when Apple faced demand for disproportionally high, anticompetitive fees; Nokia agreed to come to fair fees only recently, after years of trials which could go almost forever).

      Not to say that Apple is perfect or anything, but at least they try.
      DDERSSS
      • RE: Google CEO: Competitors won't slow us down

        @DeRSSS Apple does not respect patent law when it comes to others patents. Why do you think they were sued by Nokia? Every other company that makes smart phones licensed that patent... How could Apple not be aware of that?

        Furthermore, there was the whole "iPhone" is already taken issue. From day 1 Apple has not respected others' IP.
        snoop0x7b
    • RE: Google CEO: Competitors won't slow us down

      @wackoae
      Hogwash! Android does not infringe on anything!
      Linux Geek
      • RE: Google CEO: Competitors won't slow us down

        @Linux Geek
        Hogwash! Linux Geek does not infringe on anything including using Sarah Palin's photo as his/her avatar. :D
        Ram U
    • RE: Google CEO: Competitors won't slow us down

      @wackoae
      +1
      Ram U
    • RE: Google CEO: Competitors won't slow us down

      @wackoae
      Exactly - they should be paying the mighty Redmond Vole at least $1M per Android phone since Micr0$ucks invented the computer and internet and deserve royalties. And for every search done on Google, Bing should collect a royalty of somewhere in the range of $1B. Its only fair.
      HackerJ
  • RE: Google CEO: Competitors won't slow us down

    @wackoae and Rama.NET
    I would say "+1" but that's Google's term now, so- Bravo!
    xplorer1959