Apple and Google set to become the tech sector’s version of the Hatfields and McCoys?

Year-End Clearance & Tax Saving Sale “Are Apple and Google set to become the tech sector’s version of the Hatfields and McCoys for the next decade? It’s beginning to look like it,” Eric Jhonsa writes for The Motley Fool.

“Go back in time a couple of years, and the idea seemed pretty farfetched. After all, the two companies’ core businesses didn’t (and still don’t) intersect with each other, and they’d formed a healthy software partnership for the iPhone, with Google Maps and YouTube coming pre-installed on the device,” Jhonsa writes. “If anything, Apple and Google looked like allies dealing with a common enemy in the form of that monopoly-wielding colossus up the coast, Microsoft.”

Jhonsa writes, “But today, Microsoft has to look like a toothless giant to both of these firms, with Zune, Windows Mobile, and its search endeavors all more or less having flopped. And all the while, the Apple-Google relationship has slowly gone from being friendly, to ambivalent, to outright hostile.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If Apple unveiled a four-slice toaster today, Google would have a two-slice toaster in beta within a year and a half.

22 Comments

  1. Google will die when Apple releases a video community based on the iPod nano and iPhone and a mapping service as well. Many people use generic search engines now but they will become a thing of the past – they are just not efficient compared to accurate predictions and accumulations of multimedia and knowledge. Seems unthinkable… But maybe not.

  2. “…the Apple-Google relationship has slowly gone from being friendly, to ambivalent, to outright hostile.”

    I can’t speak for the above, but is it me or does it seem like lately videos on the iPhone youtube app take forever and a day to load???

  3. A toothless giant, with lots of meat yet to be picked off the carcass.

    Google and Apple will have plenty of time eating away at Microsoft’s business from both ends, before they ever have to turn on each-other.

  4. Steve Jobs is not stupid – It seems like he’s been had “again” by another industry competitor, but bet your asses he and Apple got their share and benefit from the Apple/Google relationship other than inspiration.

    When two powerhouses powwow there’s usually a lot more than smoke to inspire and ingest.

    There’s plenty to go around and both can co exist despite some betrayed trust that seems evident.

  5. Wow, you guys are conspiracy freaks! Enough already.

    Google will be a formidable competitor. They won’t be subsidizing money losing operations the way MicoShaft does. They are way too smart for that.

    The world’s changed, you can’t just plug along and wait for the huge uptake to carry you forward. Apple and other competitors are much smarter than that, and the pace of innovation is much greater than in the 80’s and 90’s. Microsoft believes they can patiently improve product and take over markets over the long haul. They are dead wrong with that 90’s strategy.

  6. Would I rather be in a company that makes a good profit selling operating systems that work well installed in good quality hardware using software that can be used even if I am not hooked up to the internet all the time, or would I rather be in a company that depends on a search engine for advertising income?

    Hmmmmm…..going to have to think hard about that one! 

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