“When’s the last time you engaged in a Google service with genuine joy? You may have shrugged and opined, hey, it’s free, try it out. Eventually, however, there are problems,” John Martellaro writes for TheStreet. “For example: published concerns about the Chrome browser privacy protections. I’ve read about a movement to reduce dependency on Google mail. Plus, social problems are cropping up with Google Glass. One woman was arrested for driving while wearing Google Glass (found not guilty) and another fellow was yanked out of movie theater for wearing them during the show because it was suspected he was recording the movie.”
“This is not happening with Apple products because Apple thinks deeply about the effect a product has on a person’s life,” Martellaro writes. “The goal is to make the customer’s life better and provide the tools to do something important, not just look like a geek.”
“Google’s strategy is to do everything. The company likes to generate new revenue sources, and so any scattergun project that looks like it will serve Google ad machine gets a green light. Many projects thrown against the wall don’t work and get cancelled,” Martellaro writes. “f Google can use its enormous cash reserves to cause Apple to lose focus and get into a gadget game, Google wins. Unfortunately, those who don’t understand Apple’s legacy are buying this Google strategy hook, line and sinker.”
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