Apple and Google may appear to think different. however, soon enough, they will be the same.
Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt …”
lets have you privy to a recent exchange with the unrepentant Nicholas…
Going back to 1998 Apple retooled its core operating system and adopted UNIX. https://www.apple.com/opensource/ That is what made OS X so profoundly exciting at the time. What most will never know is that OS X was almost a flavor of Ubuntu. Steve Job’s NeXT (Jobs was fired by Apple. He created NeXT. He was rehired by Apple. They used the Next OS as the foundation for what is now OS X), had several versions under test that were LINUX.
I don’t know anything about the back door issue and the NSA. That would be so contrary to Apple’s overriding philosophy I suspect they would realize a mass exodus from every aspect of leadership. Standing against that sort of thing is part of their collective DNA. Back when Apple and Google were aligned, part of the pact was to create solutions for people, not against them (I understand Apple is sort of viewed as, “the man”, now). That was the underlying effort to, “do no evil” on Google’s part. Jobs helped them form that philosophy. In fact, I asked ______ ______ [Apple executive] about a pact with NSA directly, and his simple response was, “seriously, Cork?”. So, be at ease over that misinformation.
The LG G3 does have Google Now. And, in-line with your insight around Sergey Brin, the only thing I can’t find is Assist (that might be a Motorola thing). However, some of those features are found buried in Settings, anyway. By the way… You say that, “Brin wants Google to give users the information they need before they realize they need it…”. That vision is what many say Steve Jobs offered us all when he gave us products we did not know we could not live without until we had them in our hands.
I’m not biased towards Apple any longer. Your point: “For everyone who isn’t an Apple investor (read: almost everyone), revenue is pointless”, is a good one. I am a shareholder to be sure. But, the big play there (by my terms) is long over. I’m quite pleased with the dividends. If I have a bias today, it leans towards the latest champion. I’m not sure who that is. But, I am having more fun with Google-centric products, partners, and related services. My daughters and all of their friends only want Apple products. For me that makes them boring (kind of ironic, huh?). So, I guess today I am mostly infatuated with LG. The LG Ultra-wide monitor screen made me investigate larger versions for my homes and offices. I also like Samsung products and appreciate how they are helping Google with its own form of eco-system. That said, I am very suspicious of any Korean company. In any event… Something to ponder is that I’m reasonably certain Apple could have put much of the technology many take for granted with Samsung devices, and those developed by LG (Nexus, right?) into the iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and 5S. They tend to be a bit stubborn and wait until those technologies “fit” best. Their vision is to (mostly) offer a very finished feel to their products and services The screens are perhaps the best example). And, that is why I loved Apple; the finished eco-stem that worked easily for me. Meanwhile, start looking for some pretty interesting things to pop up from them based on fairly long-standing patents. Apple genuinely is an innovation company. But, they know when and how to acquire companionable technology. They play the press like a cheap accordion. And, they have a clock in their collective heads that frustrates people outside of the inner circles. But, I do agree that most people around the world need (even more so than want) cutting-edge technology at a certain price-point. Android will probably be the most used operating system for a broad range of technology for quite some time. That said, there is a company in China that might open some eyes with their own Operating System. And, I don’t really care about perception of market share. Despite that Apple keeps making more money every quarter despite packing their products with better technology and still incrementally reducing the price (iMacs, MacBooks, etc). Also… Today devices like the Lg G3, Galaxy S5, and Nexus 5 are more expensive than an iPhone. There is a Chromebook on the market for over $1600 (its all about the screen [I can relate because I found the LG ultra-wide just so I could make the images pushed by my ASUS Chromebox better]). Some how that tid-bit has managed to stay out of the press, and our reporting consciousness. What I think will be interesting is to see what happens when we have price convergence. Meanwhile, I certainly agree with you that Google delivers. Its just that each market seeks its “happy spot”, and Apple can still scratch an itch that satisfies both users and shareholders (thats their “job”). Today, I don’t really see much difference between an iPhone and my LG. I actually like Sunrise Calendar better than Apple’s iCal. Verizon’s cross-platform messaging is on-par with Apple’s. LG’s keyboard is about as good as Apple’s (for the first time I am comfortable texting on an Android device).
I’ll wave a caution flag for you, here… When the next iOS is released, and people see how it is integrated with OS X Yosemite now, they are going to be stunned. In closing on this part of the exchange, and despite all of our theories and opinions, a clear advantage that Google has over Apple today is the founders still live. I’m once again a Google supporter.
And, Nicholas, I have you to thank for that because I always, always, valued and appreciated your conviction and passion over the company.