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Google In Decline? Critics Protest Too Much
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User Rank: Apprentice
3/23/2012 | 5:06:41 PM
re: Google In Decline? Critics Protest Too Much
Google's danger is in doing what Microsoft and Apple have done to varying degrees over the years and that is having a policy excluding other companies and technology because it seems like the thing to do in the short run. Google started out as a company that embraced nearly all types of computing devices (PCs, Macs, various mobile devices including Nokia, Blackberry, etc...). Now that they have Android they seem to have push some others to the side. If they want Google the search engine, Google + the Socil Media Hub, etc... to do well, they need to realize that they must embrace the world (and the various operating systems within). That doesn't mean they have to do it all themselves, but the must partner with others to not alienate other technology. Microsoft and Apple have been guilty of this to varying degrees over the years and it has come back to bite them.
User Rank: Apprentice
3/23/2012 | 8:42:41 AM
re: Google In Decline? Critics Protest Too Much
I have been a Gmail user since the beginning but was horrified to learn Google reads my mail. If you were to open your front door one morning and you found your postman stuffing a letter back into an envelope how would you feel? I think the average person would be quite annoyed, so why is it OK for Google to read my email and then bombard me with pointless adverts? Google are in for a VERY VERY rough ride with many judiciaries over the coming years for their latest "privacy" policy, but that's only the tip of the iceberg of GoogleG«÷s problems. Android, currently stellar at the moment is becoming more and more fragmented and this will eventually lead to the slow demise of the world number 1 Smartphone. Microsoft is benefiting from patent revenues and if Apple (which it looks like it will) joins in it will push up the prices of Android handsets and also contribute to Android's shrinking. Steve Jobs did not need to try and litigate Android out of existence and Tim cook who is much smarter than Jobs in this area is starting to realize this. GoogleG«÷s acquisition of Motorola whilst trying to bolster its patent portfolio, has inherited more problems both from ongoing patent disputes Motorola is currently engaged in, but also in the long run will alienate the very handset manufacturers that have propelled Android to its stunning success.

Google is on the long slow slope to irrelevance, Facebook with its finely tuned advertising is the new kid on the block and more and more top brands are flocking to them and nothing short of the biggest corporate takeover in history will stop that. Google's attempt to emulate Facebook with it's Places or whatever it's called is also doomed to failure. Most of the people I know who tried it out have dumped it and I have refused several invites from my friends because I REALLY do not need a second social network. And that's the crux of it, most people will be thinking the same.

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