incrediBILL - 7:18 pm on Oct 20, 2013 (gmt 0)
Google may be the gateway to everything, except in Asia and Russia, but everyone needs desktop OS to get to that gateway and/or hardware to get online.
Let's do some comparisons of the 3 dominant competing forces:
Symbol, Mkt Cap
The interesting thing IMO is that MSFT still makes this much money considering neither AAPL nor GOOG nor their millions of customers use MSFT wares, unlike DELL, HP, etc. The rest of the world uses Linux and they're kicking MS's butt. Microsoft is to computers what McDonald's is to fast food, everyone wants a piece of them but nobody manages to unseat them.
Anyway, note that the most sales and biggest market cap is obviously Apple and the whole key to their success IMO is the completeness of their digital ecosystem with iTunes, iBooks, etc. which both Google and Microsoft are trying to recreate.
The advantage Google and Microsoft have over Apple is the information gained from their search engines which could obviously be used to knock Apple off the apple cart if done right.
IMO Google and Android are poised to take over except there's just something lacking in the Google Play experience. I still find myself shopping elsewhere for movies and music or watching Netflix and even using other sources to find apps vs. Google Play itself.
In a recent disturbing turn of events, Google had the hands down best Navigation program and recently switched everyone to use Google Maps which you simply can't use while driving and is frustrating to use in the first place IMO. I had to switch to a competing program after using Google Navigation for many years. My wife can't stand the new version either, many complain, Google isn't listening.
Mobile utility apps like navigation should have a simple interface, easy voice commands, and a minimum of steps to make something happen which Apple and Siri do very well. Google Navigation did do it very well but took a huge step backwards in usability and I'm wondering if it wasn't in response to a utility patent but hard to say, the Scout app solved my problems so who cares.
That's a classic way you take all that information and bungle it's utilization and being so arrogant you ignore your customers and TADA! a classic blunder is born.
Until Google has solved the problem of actually listening to their customers, which Apple appears to do, then all the information in the world won't help them.
It's a moot point at the moment because they're dominating mobile sales worldwide and MS could change that in a heartbeat but MS is a lost little puppy for now.