Google’s CEO Larry Page recently sat down with Fortune and managed to talk about a wide variety of topics. Everything from Motorola making a Nexus device to Google+, Wallet, Amazon, Steve Jobs and even how Google is still only sitting at one percent of where they should be.
Touching on that last item for a moment, in this instance, Page stated that he feels a “deep sense of responsibility to try to move things along” and that “not enough people are focused on big change.” Page went on to state that he is trying to take Google as a case study and that they need to “scale our [their] ambition such that we are able to cause more positive change in the world and more technological change.”
Making big changes aside, Fortune commented that Google+ “was” a big bet and Page responded that it “is” a big bet. In other words, it sounds like Google+ is far from being pushed to the side. It was said that before Google+ launched, Google had 18 different ways of sharing stuff. With Google+, there is now one way and according to Page, it “works well.”
As far as Wallet goes, nothing all that spectacular to comment about, other than Page does want to get it available for more people. Maybe Google can finally convince other carriers (yes, you Verizon) to allow users access to Wallet. In the meantime, aside from Wallet, Google also has the other side — accepting payments through Play which means working in many countries and with many currencies and carriers.
When asked whether Siri and Amazon could be considered competition, Page responded that he didn’t really think of it that way. He went on to say that while Google has to think about competition, his job is “mostly getting people not to think about our competition.” In terms of Steve Jobs, nothing much on that topic aside from that they were friendly “at times.”
Finally, speaking of Motorola made Nexus device. Page appeared to take this with caution, noting that there was “a lot of complexity in that question.” Page didn’t address the issue of when (or if) we may see a Motorola Nexus device, but did comment on the subject of being fair to other partners. Page said that he doesn’t “think there’s any physical way we could have released a Nexus Motorola device in that sense” because they “haven’t owned the company long enough.”