This is the Youtube app that Microsoft had to build themselves because Google wouldn’t.
Their mobile business is now bringing in more than all of Google’s businesses combined. Should Google be concerned, I think so.
A nuclear disaster will not stop Google from mapping the world, so awesome!
Makes sense, it directly affects what makes them money.
Eric Schmidt’s daughter Sophie accompanied her father on a private mission in North Korea and describes the trip as “highly staged encounters, tightly-orchestrated viewings and what seemed like genuine human moments.” It appears as North Koreans are “hostages in their own country, without any real consciousness of it.”
$1299 for a laptop with a “Retina-quality” display that only runs Chrome? Maybe for the fanboys or for the users that’s already subscribed to 1TB of Google Drive storage, it comes with 3 years free ($1799.64 value). A Macbook Pro is only $200 more and it’s beter in every respect, I don’t see the value in the Pixel.
Not surprised, it’s a great app and many were waiting for it!
Evan Wiener on Apple no longer using Google Maps for it’s Maps app:
The media’s take on the whole maps war makes Apple out to be the asshole that prioritized business need over what was best for the user, but what if Google’s not that easily the white knight?
What if Google was strong-arming Apple? Google needs to collect user location data to serve up location-based ads, so what if Apple was protecting myself and all the other iOS users by defaulting to not share user data with Google, who has a profit motive to place their ads in front of me? I could see Google saying that’s a deal breaker for them. Do not track defaults are a huge debate these days.
Apple has been a proponent for user privacy. The biggest appeal of buying a Mac to me was their quality and Apple’s prevention of junkware PC pollution.
I buy it! At the end, most of us got what we wanted. Apple got an app that does not depend on a competitor and is free of crapware. Consumers that rather use Google Maps got it as a sand alone app. Google gets to track those users that don’t mind it, but they miss out on being the default backend for millions of iOS users.
Google is combating accidental clicks in mobile ads with a confirmation before linking out when it think’s you might have clicked an ad by accident. This is smart and I hope Apple adopts this with iAds too.