Originally Posted by Macky the Macky
The fact that Android is not making the money Google expected is only part of the picture. Android is a drain on the focus of the upper management. It has already noticeably effected the profitability of Google's cash cow. I expect the stock holders and board to start telling Google to dump the Android fixation and get back to what makes money. Already there is efforts underway by Microsoft and Apple to find alternates to Google Maps, and Microsoft has already developed Bing and has made it a replacement for Google search. Google's actions with Android and their purchase of Motorola is causing some major corporation to begin to isolate Google's access to users/consumers.
Unfortunately Bing isn't very good. I have a Nokia 800 and Bing is the default search engine so I have tested it a lot. My conclusion is this Bing is not a Google killer, far, far from it. I would love to see a competitor to Google unfortunately there really isn't one at the moment. As far as maps are concerned, yea, no one will come close to what Google offers for a very long time. Google has a fleet of trucks that go up and down every street in America taking photos for goodness sakes. You can say all you want about Android but Google Maps is absolutely brilliant the best, they even have exclusive rights to satellite pictures from China and USSR that no other company will ever get because of the deals they made with Google to block out certain sites for them, evil yes. Even Microsofts Maps uses Google Maps in the back end for a lot of things, plus it's no where even close to offering the same features.
Apple is defiantly the king of mobile devices but Apple has a long way to go if they want to compete with Google when it comes to online apps like Maps.
Oh and Android is free like ChromeOS and every other service they have. They make their money from adds, let it be from iOS, OSX, Windows, Linux they still make their money. The Board, stock holders are making money and are not going to interfere. There is no other OS out there right now that can compete with iOS, every major phone manufacture except for Nokia has bet the farm with Android there is no way that it's going anywhere anytime soon. This thing with Oracle will go away soon and it will b business as usual. I'm no surprised there isn't any outrage against Oracle for doing this to Google, Oracle didn't make Java they just happened to own the property that the once great Sun made. Google didn't do any wrong, the Oracle source code is opened and Google releases their source for every version of Android for others to modify as they want or copy and redistribute as long as they also post their source.
Besides I thought Java was this dying program language that no one uses anymore. Sorry I couldn't say that with a straight face as right now there are so many Java Developer jobs available. Oh man have you seen Monster lately, must have Java know how is every where, I think it's back in a big, big way. Sorry off subject, this thing will be settled and will be a none issue soon. Just like this Motorola patents suit against Apple, it will be settled soon.