Apple vs. Google is the most important battle in tech

“In the 1990s, Microsoft Internet Explorer battled Netscape Navigator in the great Web browser wars. In the 2000s, Google and Yahoo locked horns over Internet search — and we know how that turned out,” Sam Gustin reports for TIME Magazine. “Today, the latest high-stakes tech conflict is between Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android mobile operating system for supremacy in the smart phone market.”

“Each of these clashes defined an era of Internet history. Apple vs. Android is no different. Everyone agrees that the struggle for Internet advantage is shifting to the mobile realm, and iPhone and Android have surged to the front of the pack with diametrically opposed business models,” Gustin reports. “Neither of these players will be vanquished anytime soon — these battles take years to play out — but the company that gains the upper-hand will be best-positioned to take advantage of the massive structural shift from desktop PCs to smart phones and tablets.”

Gustin reports, “Apple and Google realize how huge the stakes are in this fight. Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs revolutionized the mobile phone market with the iPhone, and he was furious when Google launched Android, because he was convinced it ripped off features from the iPhone. (In August, a San Jose, Calif. federal jury agreed.)”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

11 Comments

  1. That image from MDN and widely publicized on the net is what makes Mr Mole even lower than a pregnant slug crawling on dirt. Fandroids and iHaters keep ignoring the fact that he was privy to Apple ins and out. Mr. Jobs enthusiastic sharing of new “stuff” to board members was taken advantage of The Evil MOLEMAN.

  2. “Neither of these players will be vanquished anytime soon”

    I beg to differ.

    Apple is committed to vertically covering the entire personal data ecosystem for a user. Google is not.

  3. I honestly think Google is spreading itself too thinly. Just look at the Google web site and see how they’ve listed all their products and services. They can’t seem to even display lists of their own wares in a user friendly manner.

    I’ve never used Android but I get the impression they have their work cut out for them working on Android while also handling everything else they have. Apple, by comparison, seems to have a measured way of concentrating on their own strengths and this really shows. Apple Maps may be be an exception but I’m sure this too will shine before too long.

    So I’m sure Apple will win because they are ahead of the game in strategic matters while Google seems to be scattered all over the place.

  4. I like the photo. I just wish it was bigger. Keep running it MDN. I haven’t seen the Dell comparison lately. We have dropped quite a few Dell’s in the last 3 weeks. But Apple should be doing better by the end of the year so I guess that will be back. Annoying as it is.

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