This has been a question I have come across many times, and must say, is not a pointless one. I have been asked this by my friends many times I discuss an idea with them, and Google told me that many VCs do it too.
I have always loved Google. For their culture, for the simple UI of their products, for supporting open technologies, for providing high-quality products (mostly) for free, unless you are a power user; and for tackling big problems.
Theoretically, many of those things are still valid. But there is a problem. I am no longer a student, and when I pick a product, especially for professional use, I have to know that it will work, I will get the support in case I need it; and most importantly, it will still be around 6 months or 2 years from now. That is where this argument has started faltering lately. I’m sure Google is not abandoning mail anytime soon. But can I be certain about things like Blogger, Calendar, or Feedburner? Not with certainty, I suppose. They’ll notify us in their Spring Cleaning updates and give time to export the data, but I still don’t see why shouldn’t I just stick to a company that is focused on that one product.
If you want to do something they are already doing, I think you should not let this fact be the sole deterrent, as long as you know there is a market and you know that you can provide a solid product and good support.
I’m not pointing fingers, but iOS 6 is stripping off Google search referrer data. No, doesn’t seem to be an OS bug; Bing data is preserved (read more here). I might be wrong, but you can’t ignore the big picture.
Take this, and add to it the fact that Apple bid goodbye to Google Maps in its latest iOS update and you can start getting a clearer indication of things to come. Siegler puts it well. While you are at it, take notice. Listen to what Marissa Mayer is telling Yahoo! now. Or as we put it at MobStac, Mobile is the new web.
Also, check out what iOS6 maps shows you.
And here’s the customary dose of fun:
Every once in a while, I used to come across this phrase (although the frequency has now diminished and gave way to enter-successful-product-killer in recent times). Since 2007 there have been at least 20 so-called iPhone killers, and every few days we get to see a new self-proclaimed Facebook/Instagram/Google killer.
What is The New Big Thing?
Talking specifically about the Internet, I personally think that there is one Killer app: The Browser. It has existed since the text-only web days and moved into the primarily-mobile age of today without so much as flinching. Undeniably, a ton of native apps keep coming everyday which might provide a better experience than the browser (thanks to HTML5, that gap is closing fast) but most of them are ‘easy come, easy go’.
Google has been working hard on something. Is it a browser? Is it an OS? It’s Google’s Chrome OS.
Not that it needs to be said, but the browser is here to stay. And I can’t wait to play an upcoming version of Need For Speed on my browser. Far fetched? I’m choosing to stay optimistic 😉
I landed on this article and it sounded pretty amusing to me. Why? Because when it was written, Apple was planning it’s dominance on the Web, as it seems. But here’s the point: something inexistent 4 years ago has the largest market share in the World today. It would not have been possible if it wasn’t for open standards and continuous push towards creating something better and, of course, Google.
Web Browser Market Share: Chrome overtakes IE
You can check out the graph yourself here: http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-ww-monthly-200807-201205
I bet nobody saw it coming.
In the meanwhile, I hear Facebook is working on it’s own browser of sorts, and maybe even OS. And, Microsoft recently launched it’s own version of a social network.