Leosghost - 2:18 am on Oct 6, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: Leosghost at 2:22 am (utc) on Oct 6, 2012]
Mobile is already here ..so are apps ..Google is still here..it is not as simplistic as you make it out to be..
People on a dollar a day will be getting one smartphone between several of them, and the cheap ones will not run all the processor intensive code that some app writers are producing..
G will make sure via their licensing deals that they are front and centre on any android devices..someone who has spent a months wages on a cheap android device is not going to root it..even if they had the tech knowledge to do so..anyones dislike -( for whatever reason of Google ) should not blind them to the fact that Google are still waaay ahead of any others in the game..
Apple are their only real threat ..and without the guiding light of Steve Jobs..they may not be able to use their war chest against Google in mobile..Their recent debacle over their unfinished maps app was a major stumble..
Then again they might buy Yahoo..( and it might even fly past the regulators )..but I can't see Cook being able to pull off launching a search engine that works world wide, needs major investment in DCs and software..MS have tried and are trailing along waay behind..despite what they claim in "bing it on" ( which they reduced to USA only, Google are dominant in the USA, and world wide..except China ) ..Siri has promise ..but Google got there first with that tech compared to Apple..and Siri is really crap outside of the USA..
I don't see Baidu going head to head with Google outside of China in the next 5 years ..nor Yandex..
[edited by: Leosghost at 2:22 am (utc) on Oct 6, 2012]