“Apple and Verizon have finally partnered up. The hardware maker will be offering its tablet to Verizon Wireless customers starting in a couple weeks,” Don Reisinger writes for eWeek. “When that happens, the debate over when Apple would finally start its growth strategy in the United States will be over. And then, the debate will turn to how the company will use its Verizon partnership to its advantage… Apple and Verizon working together is not good news for Google or its Android mobile operating system.”
Here’s why Google should be so concerned about an Apple, Verizon partnership:
1. Android OS is the central Verizon player
2. Verizon’s focus on Android will be off
3. Steve Jobs will greatly influence Verizon
4. If the iPad sells well, Verizon will be off and running
MacDailyNews Take: “If?” More like “when.”
5. iPad at Verizon stores (announced yesterday) alone could hurt Android OS and Android-based devices
6. Apple will effectively will double its U.S. market; Google’s former advantage of ubiquity will be gone
7. Google used to capitalize on AT&T
8. How will Android tablets compete with iPads that run on Verizon’s 3G network with a MiFi hotspot, as well as on AT&T’s 3G network
9. The vendors can’t match Apple: Future Android-based products need to find ways to look better than Apple products. Previously, it didn’t matter all that much, since consumers couldn’t compare. But now they can. And that’s a major problem.
10. Unfortunately for Google, there is really nothing that it can do to stop the Apple-Verizon partnership from happening. Once the iPhone arrives on Verizon’s store shelves, Apple will be able to turn up the competitive heat on Google Android. That doesn’t bode well for Android’s future sales growth.
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MacDailyNews Take: As we’ve said all along, there is no reason for Verizon Wireless customers to settle for a fake iPhone or iPad when the real iPhone and iPad are available. Resinger’s reasons 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, and 10 all speak to that point. 4, 5, and 8 highlight how iPad’s lead in quality, ecosystem, and availability further dim Android’s future; all before a single judgement on patent infringement has even been handed down. This is going to be awesome to witness.