Originally Posted by Gatorguy
Sorry, but I'm not agreeing with you in the first place that Google or Apple or anyone else is doing something wrong simply by gathering as much information as they can to better understand their markets and the consumers of their product or services. I've seen you do this over and over
, claiming Google is doing something evil, yet when pressed you never have anything specific to point to other than "they gather information that no one should know". Big deal. Even you and I do the same thing on a much lesser scale. We research and read and listen and make notes and research some more. How else would you
suggest that a person or company become the best they can be in whatever tweaks their imagination?
When you figure out the nefarious and evil thing that Google is doing with what they understand about you and me let us know. Then we can have a real discussion rather than talking about the imaginary monsters under the bed.
I have read on a variety of articles or comments that Google has actually, in the past (don't know if they actually did this or if they are still doing it) whereby they passed on various information to the app developer if you bought something through Google Play. Now, I don't wish to have any personal information, especially something like a credit card numbers, email addresses, etc. passed on to another party without my knowledge or consent. Obviously, I have no way of validating that Google does this other than what I have read from a variety of different sources. What I don't particularly care for is how Google does business in general. I was using You Tube and there were some issues I had and I could not find the answers through their Help section. I found a phone number to actually call You Tube, which IS owned by Google, and I called to see if I could talk to an actual human being regarding a technical issue. NO ONE answered the phone. NOT ONE SINGLE SOUL. Sorry, but if they have a phone number, the person should be able to talk to a live person. They are a big enough company where there should be human beings on the other end. They had a routing system where if I pressed for to get connected to a person regarding technical issues, but again NO ONE answered the phone. If I call Apple, I get a live person. EVERY time. PERIOD. I also find Google to be a very immature in a lot of ways in how they do their business model.
Google is not the best they can be when it comes to making useful products. They can't even get their OEMS to have an updated OS on the products they sell. To buy a high end phone and to always be at least one or two OS updates is just wrong. There is NO excuse for that. Imagine that. You cannot walk into any store and buy a Non-Nexus product with the latest OS version, if it does, it's a matter of weeks or a month or two when that product gets obsoleted. Example. the S4 ships with 4.2.2, back in May that was the latest OS, but as of about a week ago, it isn't. This new Moto X made by Motorola, which is OWNED by Google, is shipping with 4.2.2, not 4.3, which is the latest OS. If Apple did that, they would be crucified, but with Google/Android, everyone in the media and even their users seem to ignore this obscenely despicable method of keeping their products up to date. To me, it insults my intelligence that a company can get away with this and that people simply ignore this worst practices approach to marketing products. Having decades of experience in the IT industry, companies should cease to exist if they have this sort of practice.
I couldn't care less about any Google product. I will NEVER buy any of their products. PERIOD. I wish I didn't even have to know as much, or as little about their crap. If an Android user tries to attack me for having this opinion, that's THEIR problem. Google sucks. Completely wrong company to do business with. Thank God Apple is around to choose from other than the alternatives. Apple isn't perfect, but they are getting closer and closer and that's what I care about. At least they answer the phone in a timely manner. Last time I called Apple, it only took 1:55 seconds until I got a very pleasant live person on the other end of the phone to help me. Google can't do that, they seem to busy playing with their Google Glass, widgets and masturbating to some stupid feature they have.
Edited by drblank - 8/3/13 at 7:02am