Is Google poised to win the mobile war?

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Eric Schmidt, the Google Chairman, and Steve Jobs were close associates.  Some would even say friends. So much so that Steve invited Eric to join Apple’s board.  The two companies were orchestrating a partnership that would strengthen both Apple and Google’s hand.  Apple users would benefit from having access to Google’s vast catalog of services, and Google would benefit from millions of iPhone users using their apps. They were a match made in heaven.

Then something changed.  Google suddenly revealed plans to create a smartphone of their own.  This smartphone also had a touchscreen and used Google’s hallowed services in a manner superior to the iPhone.  Jobs was blindsided and felt betrayed by a man he considered a friend.  As development of the iPad went underway, Jobs was sure to hide it from Schmidt and, by extension, Google. There began a war that sent the two companies down a path of  nasty proxy battles in the form of lawsuits.

In the early days of Android, Google could not match the polished iOS experience.  The closed system offered by Apple allowed little tampering and a strict app approval process.  It was a higher quality experience.  For a couple of years, Android was the scrappy upstart with an open-source operating system.  There was a war of philosophies. Apple emerged victorious early on.

The situation is less cut and dry today.  Google’s Nexus line allows Google to give users a pure Google experience.  Google works closely with manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung, and LG to create polished devices.  The proliferation of Android devices in general also strengthens Google’s hand.  Millions of Android devices are activated a week.  This gives Google a sheer advantage in terms of users.  Android fragmentation has made it difficult as a whole to match the polish and finesse of iOS devices, but they are getting close.

With Google’s innovative momentum, some believe that it will eventually overshadow Apple as the premier mobile OS. In a London appearance, serial entrepreneur Elon Musk argues that—without Steve Jobs—Apple’s long-term innovation advantage will yield to the Android powerhouse, which now boasts features like Google Now.  This is a strong statement, considering that Apple’s devices are the culmination of many efforts, not just one man.  With that being said, Steve did have a profound influence on the company and brought Apple from near death in 1996 to unparalleled value this past year. Will his absence dramatically change Apple’s innovative spirit?

I personally feel that users can glean great experiences from both operating systems, but Musk’s point is certainly one worth discussing.

Via [TechCrunch]

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  • Peter Cao

    Sebastian Thrun/Eric Schmidt/Gabriele Scheler/Angela Merkel/Ed Feigenbaum/Kaifu Lee, etc. had lost his credibility when he got involved into fascism crimes which had endangered human lives
    There is actually a war between fascism and anti-fascism, at this stage, fascism still prevails in our lives, Eric Schmidt, Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler are just front figures we could see in this fascism circle, there is a whole pack of fascists behind them
    Eric, as we can see, starting from Gabriele Scheler’s atrocity case on Stanford campus back in 2004, many people, including Gabriele Scheler, Sebastian Thrun, you Eric Schmidt, Professor Ed Feigenbaum of Sebastian Thrun’s boss in Stanford Computer Science department, a big donor CCC of Stanford Computer Science department, and also Eric Schmidt’s colleague in China Kaifu Lee, had made contributions to such fascism crimes which had cost human life of Stanford student May Zhou and crimes which had retaliated on victims and almost cost life of the victim as I am …
    … … and someone who had provided legal coverage for your fascism crimes, including a powerful officer from Santa Clara DA Office, namely ZZZ (and after ZZZ, another officer YYY), and the officer VVV who’s in charge of Gabriele Scheler’s case and who had further collateralled with your side(suspect Eric Schmidt, Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s side) to conspire and curse victims( Stanford, May Zhou, me) in every possible way since 2006 till today; and maybe include the officer RRR who insist on May Zhou’s death as a suicide or accident, even though I had clearly pointed out who’s involved in May Zhou’s murder case …
    … … and someone who could provide political support for your fascism crimes, including top politician from the country of Germany whom we all know — Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, and maybe include a retired top politician from UK as well, etc. and more and more to find out later …
    I believe, though some names missed out, all names mentioned in the above comment are part of this fascism circle