GOOGLE CHIEF Larry Page won't be speaking at the company's I/O Conference in San Francisco next week because he's reportedly lost his voice.
Soft-spoken Page sat out of the company's annual shareholders' meeting on Thursday due to having lost his voice, which Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt said could stop Page from speaking at public engagements for several weeks.
Speaking to investors, Schmidt said, "I wanted to start by saying that Larry is very sorry he cannot be here today but he's unfortunately lost his voice. This means he can't do any public speaking engagements for the time being - that includes today's shareholder meeting, I/O next week and our earnings call in mid-July.
"That said, Larry will, of course, continue to run the company. He will be involved in all the strategic business decisions we make - just like today. In fact Sergey has said it may make Larry a better CEO because he will have to choose his words carefully."
Google was unable to provide any further details about Page's condition, but it must be pretty serious to keep him out of action for what could be a month.
Although Page won't be in attendance, we're expecting interesting revelations at next week's Google I/O Conference. Amongst these topics will be the next iteration of the Android mobile operating system known as Jellybean and the firm's long rumoured tablet, which is expected to launch as the Asus Nexus 7. µ