Apple: Time to Rally Against Google?
Apple says their new iPhone update is going to be killer. Google’s Android Phone and OS proliferating is catching on like wild-fire. New rumors point to some groovy stuff for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 7 experience. But the real story involves Steve Jobs’ preoccupation with Google. Here are the details.
Much of the chatter started over on Wired.com and MacRumors.com. Perhaps MacRumors summarized the situation best:
Steve Jobs held a town hall meeting with Apple employees late last week following the iPad launch. Two of the biggest topics included Google and Adobe.
On Google: We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them, he says.
MacRumors also notes that Jobs alluded to the fact that the next iPhone update is going to be something top-noch, not just a feature-bump. Plus, there’s hints that the next Mac releases will also be killer. But more interesting is Apple’s animosity towards Google. With Google CEO Eric Schmidt resigning from Apple’s board, the competition appears to be escallating.
Why would Apple feel like Google is out to kill the iPhone, though? It seems a little paranoid, but it also seems like Jobs is trying to rally the troops to make the iPhone literally, the best phone ever.
Meanwhile, the Nexus One blazes forward, catching the spotlight. The Droid continues to gain more and more adoption as a very viable iPhone killer, while HTC makes affordable Android-based devices that are easy to use and feature-rich.
Somewhere in all this, Microsoft hopes to make some noise sometime soon with Windows 7 Mobile. Pundits speculate Microsoft may make some moves at Mobile World Congress, taking place in Barcelona from February 15-18. The effort could include multi-touch. Leaked images, allegedly from a freelance designer working for Microsoft, show some interesting touch gestures.
Windows Mobile users can get excited. But most eyes are watching the escalating mobile war between Apple and Google.