Why does Google hate Apple product users?

Hammacher Homepage 300x250“Even before it released its Chrome web browser for Windows systems in September 2008, Google had promised to get cracking on Mac and Linux versions. Besides the Chrome ‘test shell’ — a pared down browser used for testing and development — there hasn’t been an official Chrome release on anything but Windows machines. The company, however, promised to have a working beta version out by the end of 2009,” Mike Schuster writes for Minyanville.

“As the deadline nears, it appears the Google team might actually beat estimates by a few weeks. The release of a Mac-compatible version of Chrome will be coming soon, but in order to hit the deadline, Google was forced to eliminate many of its key features available in the Windows version — making it barely better than the test shell,” Schuster writes. The new version lacks multi-touch support, 64-bit compatibility, “a bookmark manager, bookmark syncing, and browser extensions! App Mode and Google Gears are also missing, so users won’t have the ability to alter site-specific features or access Gmail and Google Docs while offline.”

Schuster writes, “The missing features will turn it into a very unpleasant experience. To release it at this stage, Google is both rushing to keep its promise and displaying a total lack of regard toward Apple users.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Why does Google hate Apple product users? Because in the absence of any new ideas, Google’s stooped to tapping an old one: Copy Apple until the cows come home (moo) and attempt to become the next Microsoft. Google hates users of Apple products because Apple product users can clearly see that Google’s rushed, never-quite-finished knockoffs, just like Microsoft’s, are inferior to products they’ve had in their hands for years, not to mention that users of Apple products understand that Google’s “Don’t be evil” mantra is meaningless PR bullshit.


  1. Isn’t Chrome written using Webkit? So why DOES it take so long to get a mac version working?

    I doubt its anything sinister…Google is targeting their main market first, and that is Windows IE users, which is still the largest browser market.

  2. Yes. Honestly, what exactly is Google doing besides copying? I mean, isn’t doing search the thing it should focus on? Or Maps. They are essential an information company. They process and deliver information to users. They should keep their focus on that.

  3. I was really surprised by the large number of things Google is dropping from the Mac version of Chrome in order to meet their promised deadline.

    That’s like offering to have a house built for someone by the end of the year, and then in December giving them a list of things that won’t be ready until sometime next year: electricity, plumbing, climate control…

  4. Whilst Chrome does indeed incorporate webkit, it only does so to render the pages. As a browser, Chrome has not been written for HTML5 which they now say will be available next year.

    Google are targeting the LCD (Lowest Common Denominator) which are IE users who have been conditioned not to expect much.

    To deliver a Mac version, “it has just got to work”, otherwise Google will be slaughterd by the cognocenti. If they have a deathwish, then down that furrow they will ply.

  5. Simple.
    It’s easy for Google to out-do MS’s crappy products.
    OTOH, try to out-do Apple, and you’ve got a battle on your hands.
    Look at Chrome. No reason to dump Safari as far as I can tell.

  6. Chrome is one Browser that I’ll be avoiding like the H1N1 Virus.
    It’s going to be as evil as IE is, which I never ran on my Mac, even when it was pre-installed.

    Google should change it’s name to Gerbil to reflect it’s attention span and level of attention to details.

    Google products are like poorly debugged device drivers just like Microsoft’s products.

    We need an evil Gerbil emoticon.

  7. Oh please. I would love to live in a world where Google is Apple’s most vicious nemesis. Instead we are constantly barbed by Microsoft, Adobe, Psystars, RIAA, MPAA, Security “Experts” and the occasional Greenpeace.

    When Google becomes my worst enemy, it’s a pretty good day! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  8. I don’t think Google developers hate Apple users. In fact, many are Mac users themselves.

    They’re simply helping those who need help most…. Windoze users. It’s hard to improve on Mac products, but there is much need for improvement on the PC side.

  9. No interest here in Chrome anymore. There are good browsers already, I use Firefox mostly and sometimes Safari 4. Can’t expect Chrome to do much more. No interest in a Chrome OS, either. I like Google as a search engine and email tool, but not as a Mac OS replacement.

  10. I’ve been using the developer build of Chrome for Mac for the last few weeks and it’s really good. The thing I like best is that it’s faster than Safari, and manages memory usage better. Often I would have Safari running fir a few days and end up with it using 700 Meg of ram. While Chrome rarely ever breaks the 100 Meg mark.

    It’s a bummer about all the stuff they’re leaving out though, extensions in particular.

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