“The iPhone’s iconic design surprised the Android engineers at Google. Google would still have ruled search on the web with Chrome for iPhone had Apple stuck to the script and allowed native apps only from Apple,” Mincey writes. “Instead, Steve Jobs caved in to pressure from his executive team, and a year later apps and the iTunes App Store appeared, and Google was very unhappy. Why? Apps negate the need for Google’s bread and butter search business.”
“Giving Android OS away to cell phone manufacturers was Google’s way of leveling the playing field. Years later, Google still struggles to make money on mobile devices while Apple takes home 75-percent of the industry’s profits,” Mincey writes. “Can you imagine how powerful Apple would be in mobile had Google not given away Android?”
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