Larry Page doesn’t think ‘Android is critical’ to Google.

File under ‘what you must never say when in charge’:

When asked if he believed Android was a critical asset to Google around 2010, Page said: “I believe Android was very important for Google. I wouldn’t say it was critical.”

When asked whether Google’s board of directors was told that Android was critical to Google, Page stated that he wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case, but that he wasn’t sure he’d go that far. He elaborated that Android was a means to get pre-existing Google services to mobile users. “We’d been frustrated getting our technology out to people,” said Page.

Even though in a way it’s the best method of offering it’s many services on one device, it’s not the smartest answer to give when Android is one of the most popular mobile OS’s for mid to low end smartphones.


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