After a several month hiatus, Google's CEO Larry Page made his first public appearance today at his company's annual Zeitgeist conference in Arizona, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Page spoke to an audience of hundreds of people about the company's recent affairs, such as its battle with Apple over maps, its dealings with antitrust regulators, and Google's specialized services.
Last June, the 39-year-old Page wasfrom Google's annual shareholders' meeting, he also didn't attend Google I/O or the second-quarter in July. At the time, Chairman Eric Schmidt said that Page was that sidelined him for several weeks and caused him to lose his voice, but that he was able to return to the office.
Page did not offer any more information on his health at today's meeting. According to the Wall Street Journal, he spoke in a raspy voice and said he was "still a little hoarse, but I'm here and I'm happy about that."
In addition to the antitrust probe, Page also spoke about the . When Apple opted to boot Google Maps from its recent iOS 6 release, many users got up in arms. Complaints about Apple Maps included inaccurate data, lack of details, distorted images, and erroneous directions. Apple could have kept Google's more reliable and mature mobile mapping app, but it made a strategic decision to create its own mapping system.
In the aftermath of Apple's Maps flop, Google
According to the Wall Street Journal, he also joked and said he was "excited that other people are starting to notice we've worked hard on [maps] for seven years."