Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) chief executive Larry Page was not in a benevolent mood while discussing rivals during a Wired magazine interview, taking swipes at both Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB).
Asked about late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs’ threat of starting a “thermonuclear war” over the alleged copying of the iOS operating system by Google’s Android, Page asked in response: “How well is that working?”
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Then asked if he thought Android’s market share was now decisive against Apple, Page did not answer directly, but just said that his company was happy about the success of the software. Google’s Android is estimated to power around 70 percent of all smartphones in the world.
Page further said that when Google bought Android, the mobile software company run by Andy Rubin, in 2005, “it was pretty obvious that the existing mobile operating systems were terrible. You couldn’t write software for them. So I don’t think that betting on Android was that big a stretch.”