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Google "Google's Chrome and Android operating systems will remain separate products but could have more overlap, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said, a week after the two came under a single boss." That's that, then.
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RE[5]: At least
by Laurence on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 16:07 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: At least"
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You've raised some interesting points, but most of them aren't related to my post at all:

If Samsung has the guts to run their own app store infrastructure, then setting up or buying out an existing advertising solution for developers isn't that impossible.

I didn't say it was impossible. In fact I didn't even comment on whether it was likely or not. I just said Google care more about getting advertising revenue than what skins vendors modify their ROMs with.

As far as search, there are plenty of alternatives to search. There's Bing, and then there are new types of search up and coming like that from Facebook's Graph which searching a different type of data.

Totally. Though I never said that Google was the only search engine around. All I said was that Google care more about being the default search engine than what skins vendors modify their ROMs with.

Google is becoming increasingly replaceable in Android and it definitely is cause for concern.

Google were always replaceable in Android. That's never changed.

And it's not a cause for concern for anyone other than Google. Why should my mum or wife care if Bing or DDG is the default search engine or even who provides the mobile app ads? All they want is their apps to work.

It does if they want to have a leash on their OEMs. Look at Microsoft with the Surface.

That doesn't address my comment at all. If Google wanted to release their own hardware then they wouldn't be distributing Android to OEMs to begin with. Plus you can have a leash on your OEMs without releasing your own hardware anyway.

However that's all moot because Google doesn't really care about what crap OEMs add to Android just so long as Google's advertising and search services stay connected.

People keep comparing Google to Microsoft in terms of Android and Windows. However that comparison doesn't really work because Windows is Microsoft's product, where as Google created Android drive more traffic to Google's ads and search. Thus Android isn't Google's product as such, it's more a facilitator for Google's products.

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