Friday, January 15, 2010

Apple vs. Google (iPhone vs. Android)

Although Apple and Google may be competitors, they also rely heavily on each other for success.

On the Apple iPhone, who doesn't have a Google app?
  • Who doesn't use Google Maps or YouTube on the iPhone?
  • How about Google Sync? Almost everyone I know has a Gmail account.
  • Google Earth is the top free app in the Travel section of the Apple App Store.
  • Google Mobile App is the top free app in the Reference section of the App Store.
  • How about Google Voice?  Why did Apple reject Google Voice?
Apple depends on Google for these critical apps. Where would Apple be if Google somehow restricted access on these important apps? I don't think Google would ever do that, would they? Apple depends on Google for its iPhone and iPod touch, but does Google depend on Apple for its Android OS?  Let's take a look:
  • Do we have iTunes for Android? No
  • How about QuickTime for Android? No
  • Has Apple released any mobile apps for Android? I don't think so. 
  • Will Apple release some type of desktop syncing software for Android? I don't think so. You'll have to use "The Missing Sync"
So, does Google's Android depend on Apple for its success and survival? At this point, I can't say that it does.

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