Apple Vs. Google: Are The Gloves About To Come Off?

Apple Vs. Google: Are The Gloves About To Come Off?

It wasn't so long ago that Apple's CEO Steve Jobs was introducing the original iPhone to the world, and on hand to help him do it was none other than Eric E. Schmidt, the chief executive of Google. Google played a huge role in the software side of the iPhone, as both the Google App, integrated Google search within Mobile Safari and Google Maps were included. To say the iPhone relied heavily on Google would be an understatement.

But look at the mobile landscape today. One could easily argue that the iPhone's largest rival is any phone with Android, and just in case you've forgotten, Android is made by (you guessed it!) Google. For awhile, no one really said anything. It was one of those situations where you knew tensions were running high, but no one was brave enough to step forward and ask if Apple and Google were still on speaking terms. During the iPhone's introduction, Schmidt even said that Apple and Google should combine to form "AppleGoo" (joking of course), and even today Google's big shots praise Jobs for the job he has done at Apple.

But that's just public perception. A variety of insider reports have come to The New York Times, and it all boils down to this: Jobs isn't happy about the situation, and in fact, he feels betrayed by Google. He has said in the past that Apple has yet to venture into the search market, yet Google has jumped directly into the phone market. Jobs also believes that Google wants to see the iPhone die, but that's certainly more speculation than anything else.



In fact, those in the know are saying that the internal battle between Google and Apple is reaching Intel vs. AMD status, and it may not be long before the lid blows off. We've already seen that Apple is capable of taking a stand; they sued HTC for violating a litany of patents, and it seems that Jobs believes that Google has copied some of Android's aspects from the iPhone OS. That alone should cause concern, as another lawsuit could fly out at any time.

So, what'll happen between these two giants? Only time will tell, but we don't think "nothing" is the correct answer. There's obviously too much bad blood between the two for everything to just get swept under the rug, and with Android driving up market share, it's only a matter of time before Apple simply won't take it any more. Could things get so bad that Google Maps are taken off of the iPhone? Will Bing become Safari's default search engine? This could get ugly, but honestly, we're hoping for a clean resolution for the sake of every iPhone and Android user out there.
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Nothing lasts forever, I guess. But that can be good for the consumer. I say more choices is a good thing. If Apple dumps Google Maps they'll likely look to Bing Maps as an alternative. Or perhaps Apple goes in house and develops their own search map application. Either way, all camps will compete to develop and improve their product and that's good for us. By the same reasoning, Android's existence creates the incentive to improve the next iPhone which in turn creates the incentive to improve the next phone with Android in it, and so on. So it gets ugly between Google and Apple for a short while but long term, I say it gets rosy for us.

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They should not fight and come together to create the best phone and share the profit... We alpn this is never gong to happen but it would be cool to have one super phone...

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Eh, Apple needs to go away and die like they should have years ago. Their a fad company, not a tech company. Pretty much everything they do is something they copied/stole from someone else with a face lift.

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Apple copying from other companies? Yeah, let me get back to you on that. Good lord, kid, I don't blame you for not being around in the early days of personal computers-- but at least read a few Wikipedia articles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

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I guess copying has its upside. Who knows where we would be if Steve Jobs didn't take the GUI from Xerox. Maybe it would still be in Xerox's basement today? Wink

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Apple's strength has been to integrate technology like no other. Maybe they don't invent it, but they figure out uses for it that nobody else does.

They had FireWire 800 support when everyone else had FireWire 400. (it's still much faster than USB speeds)

They revolutionized music downloads. They have a definite flair for designing usable and aesthetically pleasing devices.

Their computers work as designed for many years without problems.

And lastly,.........they unabashedly charge the crap out of us for all of it.

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I in many aspects agree with you infinity on some of that. However; would we have had the PC's we so love without Apple being there in the beginning. When you look at it all the way through I think there's a great argument for that. I as many here know am no Apple user, nor supporter in any way. You do have to give them there warranted dues though. As for there current status as a PC manufacturer on the other hand they are and have been for some time "designer", and basically designer only. I think Apple could have on the PC side of things done and contributed way more to the market in general than they have.

On the mobile front though, yes we may have gotten to where we are in that aspect without them. I do not think we would have gotten as far as fast as we have. No I don't use an iPhone or iPod, touch etc either. I do not think the market would be anywhere near where it is without them though.

As for the fight between Apple and Google, I am pretty sure the gloves are already off in many aspects. The attack on HTC already shows, they basically make almost every Google phone there is or at least to a very great degree. So in many way's you can already say Apple has jumped on Google (don't forget HTC even makes the Google phone I think), so they are in many ways like a sub-wing of the company (think At&t/Verizon here where Verizon started out as a research department for At&t). Now they own them basically in many ways market speaking. That is not to say HTC is going to take over Google, and if Apple could have picked anyone to fight with, I also really think they picked the wrong sparring partner. As Google very quickly has become more like an Intel who M$ would and will in many cases weigh a fight with carefully. Apple may have resources on a higher end, but I don't think they have anywhere near Google's resources, nor market capitalization except in a specialized sense.

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Not to be biased anything, but I got for GOOGLE all the way. Apple is way too CLOSED they don't let developers do anything. For an example, if you wanted to make your own email client for the iphone, it would be rejected. But than if you were to do that on an android, you wouldn't have any problems.

Also, remember Apple only have the iphone... Google has dozens of android phone in ALL carriers, not just AT&T. 

And finally, how did Google copy Apple? Just being the first ones to come out with a revolutionary phone doesn't mean that all other phones that come after are necessarily "copying" the iphone. I mean just look at the iphone vs the nexus one. Do they look anything alike?? Sure there are some resemblances but it's not enough to say that Google is copying Apple.

Think of all the revolutionary stuff that Google is doing... What about Goggles? The ability to take a picture of something and find out everything about it. Oh and what about integrated Google Maps? If you've got Verizon Wireless, you now don't have to pay extra monthly for a GPS/MAP client. The list goes on and on, and as more people buy android phones, the more developers that will put in their time and money to invest in Android apps.

Now look at Apple, sure they were the first. And yes, they are at an advantage because they started years ago so the App-Store is filled with apps. But now look at the android store. Sure there aren't as many apps but that will ALL change as more people get android phones.

It's really simple... If MORE people have an IPHONE, then there will be MORE apps. And now if you take into consideration that the Android OS is in ALL kinds of phones, there will be MORE people on the Android OS, and therefore we will get MORE apps.  

Eventually Google's Android market will be BIGGER than the App store, and that's when Apple will give up on the iphone and move on. There will surely be fierce competition and as well all know, the more competition there is, the more the consumers will benefit with lower prices and BETTER phones. So basically it's a WIN-WIN situation.

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I think both companies have lots to offer. Google has revolutionized how we see and deal with the internet. Search has changed for the better with them in the game.

They treat their employees like royalty compared to other corporations.

They seem to have a conscience and  have recently decided to forgo the Chinese search market even though it will be the largest and most profitable in the world soon. Why? Because of the crappy ways the Chinese government treats it's people.

I don't agree with the way they priced their new Phones, I wanted one but can't afford 500 bucks for it. But it's theirs to sell for any amount they want to. I guess it sorta goes to Apple's charging to crap out of people for their stuff! LOL!

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First of all, they are all profit-driven, capitalistic corporations. For the author of this article to say, "Jobs also believes that Google wants to see the iPhone die, but that's certainly more speculation than anything else," is pure naivete. Of course Google wants the iPhone to die, just like Apple wants the Android to die. That's what it means to be competitors. Why do you think Apple charges the *** out of you, just for giggles? No, it's a war, a war between competing corporations to extract the most money from the consumer base.

As for the iPhone, I have to say that I disagree that it was ever anything "revolutionary" in the first place. It was just a natural progression from the flip phones of a few years ago, most of which already had rudimentary web browsing, applications, etc. Just like the current iPhad is just a progression from the tablet PCs that have been around for years (most of which actually have USB ports, btw). Apple didn't reinvent these technologies, they just took what already existed and built on them.

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