Originally Posted by Techstalker
Google Maps is amazing, so is google earth, gmail is still the best around, google now makes siri looks like childs play, and android is getting better day by day, chrome OS is the closest thing we have gotten to one laptop per child dream. Google is an AMAZING company with AMAZING talent. Google doesnt have to suck for apple to be great. I respect both companies for different reasons.
Google is making products, no doubt (albeit all centered around their core advertising business), but what we're talking about - what Page is talking about - is original innovation.
Google Maps - An outstanding mapping product, arguably one of the best, but based on a project Google obtained in 2004 when it purchased the company that created it. No original innovation there, just that "incremental improvement" over the years.
Google Earth - Originally called "EarthViewer 3D" when it was created by another company, which again, Goggle bought. So, no original innovation there.
Gmail - A shiny web interface for standard email services, neither of which is was an original Google invention - not even by a long shot.
"google now makes siri looks like childs play" - Not sure what you're referring to, but if you're just talking about search results - about a decade of data-mining the internet, scraping <other> companies websites and sticking that information in a database isn't "innovative", not to mention that the relevancy of the results is questionable in a number of cases, thanks to the weighting results based on advertising considerations.
Android - A linux-based operating system (not a Google innovation) heavily leveraging Java for functionality (also not a Google innovation). Does it have some nice UI features, perhaps, but what are the novel innovations Android has actually brought to the table?
Chrome OS - another linux derivative which is essentially intended to only support a single application - a web browser. Low-cost, sure, innovative, nope.