Google CEO Larry Page:
"We made our bets really early on on Android. We thought that the mobile experiences really needed a rethink, right? That was correct. It’s been very successful. … I think we’re in the early stages of monetization."
SeatGeak designer Jack Groetzinger on the differences between designing for mobile web and native:
"On the web, I’m used to a workflow where a backend developer can create a page’s core logic and a designer can then beautify everything. That fluidity doesn’t exist with the iPhone. When we wanted to make UI changes late in the game, it slowed everything down.
They actually started in 2006.
"Peretti realized people weren’t visiting his site just to entertain themselves. They wanted to find things for family members, friends, and Twitter followers."
Young Sohn, Samsung’s new chief strategy officer seems to understand Apple, talking about the Galaxy:
"It’s a better phone, in my view. It’s a better display. It’s faster. But eventually the connected ecosystem is really critical. But if you think about our experiences, it’s device-centric. It’s experienced by itself. It’s not experienced in a connected way. So we think we can provide a lot more things than what we are doing today with an open ecosystem with our partners."
Marissa Mayer’s influence is starting to show:
"On Wednesday the company announced a major update to the Flickr mobile application. People can take pictures, apply filters and share on any number of social networks. The new app can be summed up with one word: beautiful."
They also released a new Yahoo! mail app. They are fully focussing on mobile.
Product management director at Google Apps, Clay Bavor:
"We have no plans to build out Windows apps. We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8"
The app is really well done, but a tad slow on my iPhone 4, plus it’s missing public transit info in the map view (the data is there if you ask for directions).
Google is getting a lot better at building iOS apps, fast.