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"Whenever iPhone succeeds, Google succeeds", says a Google president

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Some people tend to forget that Apple and Google were the best of mates before the latter decided to join the mobile world with its Android platform - something which didn't get much appreciation from one Steven Paul Jobs.

Nevertheless, Google is not the type of company that will give a knee-jerk reaction to this sentiment. Quite the opposite, actually, as Mr. Daniel Alegre, the company's president in the Asia Pacific region claims that Google benefits from the strong sales of Apple's iPhone. In his own words:

"Whenever iPhone succeeds, Google succeeds. I actually don't look at it as iPhone versus Android. iPhone is a very strong driver of query growth for Google. We also monetise apps through the iPhone..we actually benefit from iPhone's growth."

Well, it seems Apple and Android fanboys may fight each other in the forums, but the Mountain View-based giant doesn't mind the iPhone's success even one bit, which is quite understandable given the fact it profits some good money from the above-mentioned handset.

That, however, is not to say Google is not focused on its Android OS - a notion that's proved by its success. Mr. Alegre says on the topic:

"We truly believe there has to be as few platforms as possible in order for apps developers to focus their development. So far we are starting to see tremendous success for the Android operating system. We have 300,000 activations per day which is a phenomenal number."

Do you think that we, as end consumers, will benefit if there are fewer OSs?

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posted on 18 Apr 2011, 10:44 9

1. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Competition always drives innovation. I don't think Apple would have made the stride they make every year if it weren't for Android. And I don't think there is a company out there right now that is more innovative than Google. Apple makes amazing products, but they have their focus on consumer electronics and software that supports them. Google innovates outside of their hardware products and often adds those in...Microsoft, RIM, LG...blah blah blah...they wouldn't be able to do it.

In a way though, I do wish there were less OS's. I'd like to see some consolidations because there are people who jumped on Windows Phone 7 and even the new Blackberry and those companies aren't doing a great job at keeping up with consumer demand on features or even apps. So those folks are stuck with those phones for two years. Sure, they know not to do it again...but it sucks for them now. I'd like to see HP actually do something with WebOS because the OS is incredible. Microsoft comes out with a fantastic OS and just botches updates for it. And RIM...I don't know what to say about those guys. They need some fresh air in their R&D.

But at the same time, those OS's do work for certain people...OS's will work themselves out. If people don't buy then a company won't keep pumping money into it.

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 11:17 2

8. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


The sad part for those of us who have enjoyed Blackberry and it's advantages is that if anything gets left in the dust of the OS speedway, it will be RIM. Windows is penciled in for at least two years of major growth based on their marrage to Nokia. iOS is a given, Droid is a given. I give the folks at HP the heads up in innovation over the group in Canada. Some good devices, and WebOS, which no doubt is starting from the ground up again, could easily post good growth as well. I actually do not know how many OS systems can be supported, but 4 or 5 is probably too many. Pity RIM and their lost advantages from a couple years ago.

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 11:36 2

11. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


It is a shame that RIM couldn't keep up. But, as a company, they were the first to even have a PDA on the market. On ANY market. They should have had the edge well before Android or IOS was even thought of. Why they lost the edge, and failed to innovate...well, thats a question we have to ask them, isn't it?

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 12:48 4

14. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


RIM made the same mistake Microsoft did. Blackberry was king and they let Apple and later Google stump on them. Apple made smartphones for the consumer, which is a larger customer base than the business person. Google did the same. The problem is the mentality of those companies. A lot of time the ideas are fueled by old foogies and I don't think you can have that in today's tech companies. It's hard to change ideas and models in only a few years, but like technology, your company has to adapt or fall. And when your biggest selling feature is BBM when most folks can just text, you know you are losing the battle.

Microsoft is the same...been king of computers for years and Apple has always been in the background. Apple has snuck up on them and although not a super power in computing, they are the most desired.

Blackberry will always have a place in the smartphone world. But I think as more companies open up to the idea of giving their folks iPhones and sometimes Android, you will see Blackberries drop slowly.

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 14:04 2

16. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Nokia, RIM, MS and Palm all had that same problem at different times. They were not willing to innovate and think outside of the box. That happens when your on top too long.. And they are all getting pummeled for it. Apple is now having the same problem with real innovation and is taking the most minor steps, while google pushes every front they can get their hands on.

Now you have all 4 of them trying for a comeback... which at this point i think only the nokia-WP7 tract has a chance. WebOS is good, but unless they step up serious advertising and branching their devices, they are gonna stay a niche... Blackberry and their new QNX platform look promising, but they arent getting off to a stellar start and unless its vastly superior to iOS/android its probably too little too late unfortunately.

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 14:17 1

17. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I don't know if it is Google innovating handsets more than it is the manufacturers. Granted Google is pushing out a lot of cool software for the phone.

I'd disagree with you about Apple as far as innovation goes. They have followed the same model with all of their products and it's served them well thus far. They aren't going the way of Microsoft or RIM who pushed the envelope in the past and halted...

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 20:45

21. downphoenix (Posts: 2307; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Apple was the king of the computing world before Microsoft, and they took a downward trend when Steve Jobs left, they practically were on their way out the door when they got Jobs back, they changed this around!

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 11:22 1

9. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


By the way- I am showing my bias to US market. LG trying on Meego for size, and Samsung and their Bada OS are kinda the wild cards. Will be interesting to see how much of the Symbian market they snag once Nokia goes all in next year with Microsoft.

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 12:35

13. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


they make more money when android phones are sold tho right?

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 10:50

2. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)


Sry too lazy to read your comment... (it's too looong)

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 11:09 12

5. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


Then don't comment on it, as his comments are right on the nose. If you are too lazy, or ignorant, to read it, don't waste our time telling us so. We dont care.

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 10:56

3. agedbeer (Posts: 12; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I'm all for variety, but I think that it's probably best to keep the varying OSs to a minimum. Right now, I'd say we have a good amount; we could probably lose a couple and it wouldn't really be a big deal, but I like what we have now. Though I must say I am interested in Symbian3, so I hope to see some growth there as well as WebOS. I just can't wait to see Android 3.0 on mobiles. Oh, and iOS5.

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 11:04

4. IOS5 (unregistered)


Actullay IOS and Android they are brother from different mother :)

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 11:09 3

6. agedbeer (Posts: 12; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Agreed! Each one benefits from the other. Right now, I'd say that iOS and Android are the two best mobile OSs. I'm glad we have both, because one without the other just wouldn't be the same.

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 11:27 3

10. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Not to mention the posts would be nowhere near as much fun to read as the Droid VS. Apple crews go to war, and those of us who enjoy those threads would miss out.....

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 11:40 3

12. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 302; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


i totally agree!!! before Android came out i think that iOS didn't make a whole lot of leaps or innovations (personal opinion of course) but since Android got big the iPhone 4 came out, which has really beautiful hardware and iOS has seemed to begin stepping forward again. i'm an Android fan all the way but i still respect iOS for what they do to the Smartphone game. :)

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 11:15 3

7. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


I, for one, would love to see WebOS or Symbian come out of the woodwork and shock the world with some kind of revolutionary device; this would almost force both Google and Apple to really put their minds to work to top them. Like Jeff said, competition is the mother of innovation, and technology always feeds off of itself.

RIM, however, needs to get with the times for the general consumer, or they are going to find the only contracts they have left are with the government

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 22:02 1

23. Kjayhawk (Posts: 287; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


Same I love WebOS its so awesome and seems to be getting better. idk but maybe if webOS could get the Android Market then they could boast a +200,000 app store. If webOS did get the Android Market I would be on that train so fucking quick

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 12:54

15. box (unregistered)


I personally feel that more selection for OSes is a good thing: when shopping for cars, are you glad you can choose from Ford, Chrysler, Mazda, Suzuki, Toyota, Porsche, Bentley, etc, or would you rather be how they are in Cuba where you can choose any car as long as it was on the island before the embargo? Or perhaps compare it to the PC field, where you have Windows, muck, linux, unix, or some other independent non-major OS? Competetion and choice are a good thing to have, and it's what makes free enterprise so worthwhile

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 14:41

18. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


I agree, to a point. Having multiple OS avalible is definatly a good thing, because having options is always ideal; however, unlike the car company, can these other OS companies keep up with the pace of technology? To compete in this market, not only do you have to be a hot product initially, but you have to be able to follow up with great tech support and great updates. Its this reason alone that OS like WebOS and WP7 have failed to garner the credibility they deserve. If the companies can stay on top of a hot OS, much like Apple and Google have done, then they can be sucessful. If they can't, then, like RIM, they will find themselves a dying breed

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 21:46

22. adam1984 (unregistered)


too bad this knock-off SH!T is ruining the site's discussionn

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 23:27

24. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I enjoy every OS Except Android, Windows 7, IOS, Symbian, QNX, BADA, Web OS :)

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