Larry Page and Steve Jobs had a relatively frosty relationship. Sometimes they got on, other times they didn’t. But that’s true of Jobs’ relationship with virtually everyone he came in to contact with during his time. Google’s CEO, Page, recently took part in an in-depth interview with Fortune regarding almost every aspect of his company’s life, and the challenges from competition.
Among the questions was one in particular about his company’s relationship with Apple. In short, he would love it if all the companies good just get along and use each-other’s ideas to benefit the end use more.
“So Apple obviously is a huge distribution partner for some of your services. How is the relationship?
What I was trying to say was I think it would be nice if everybody would get along better and the users didn’t suffer as a result of other people’s activities. I try to model that. We try pretty hard to make our products be available as widely as we can. That’s our philosophy. I think sometimes we’re allowed to do that. Sometimes we’re not.
So do you have an ongoing conversation with Apple about these kinds of issues and trying to resolve them?
I mean, obviously we talk to Apple. We have a big search relationship with Apple, and so on, and we talk to them and so on.”
In the personal computing market there’s seemingly always been a battle between “open and free-for-all” approach and the “closed” system method. For years it was Apple vs. Microsoft. Now the same can be said of Google and Cupertino. Google’s approach of open to everyone means that you can get any of its services on virtually any device. Chrome, Gmail, Drive and the likes are available as iOS apps. Apple on the other hand, works completely differently. Try viewing Photo Stream from anything other than an Apple-based gadget, and you’ll know exactly what I mean.
While I agree that all the lawsuits stop, I hope that there will always be healthy competition in the market. But, I also think Apple’s right to remove the default YouTube app and try its own method of Maps. Despite its early teething issues, I think it has a very bright future.