Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th May 2010 18:29 UTC
Google At the Google I/O conference, Google just held its second keynote address, which focussed on Android. The talk was held by Vic Gundotra, and he unveiled a number of new features coming in Android 2.2 "Froyo", as well as some features coming in Froyo+1. The main theme of the entire keynote? Openness and choice, and a whole bucketload of not-so-subtle jabs at Apple. I'd like to apologise upfront for a possible lack of critical notes in this article - I'm still handing out the brownie points to Google for yesterday.
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RE: Disguise
by macUser on Thu 20th May 2010 23:00 UTC in reply to "Disguise"
macUser
Member since:
2006-12-15

Google have done a lot of good things to change our life.

But I am really sick and tired of what they are disguising as a Open "Saint and Pioneer".

Just don't forget Google is a public company, which is all for profit. They invested 100M+ for a open video format, and they will get your money out of your pocket to pay for it in a lot of innovative ways.



Google isn't Apple... That amounts to a free pass around these parts.

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RE[2]: Disguise
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 20th May 2010 23:26 in reply to "RE: Disguise"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Google isn't Apple... That amounts to a free pass around these parts.


Gosh, a company about a million times more open than Apple is looked upon more favourably than the most closed company in the entire technology sector.

What a shocker.

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RE[3]: Disguise
by macUser on Fri 21st May 2010 00:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Disguise"
macUser Member since:
2006-12-15

"Google isn't Apple... That amounts to a free pass around these parts.


Gosh, a company about a million times more open than Apple is looked upon more favourably than the most closed company in the entire technology sector.

What a shocker.
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A million more times? Google is only as open as they need to be to drain ever ounce of information they can make money off of out of you. It is still only about the Benjamins. How does Google get off laying blame on developers and users for poor battery performance? How does Google get off rewriting its own history? How does Google get off when they're caught mining access points for personal information? Yes, Thom is willing to look the other way if his agenda is matched.

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RE[3]: Disguise
by kristoph on Fri 21st May 2010 05:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Disguise"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

No bias there.

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RE[3]: Disguise
by Tony Swash on Fri 21st May 2010 09:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Disguise"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

Gosh, a company about a million times more open than Apple


Google is a company a million times more open than Apple?

OK - list and describe to me the core algorithms of the Google search engine.

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RE[3]: Disguise
by MysterMask on Fri 21st May 2010 18:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Disguise"
MysterMask Member since:
2005-07-12

Gosh, a company about a million times more open than Apple


You don't get the Google business model, do you?

Of course, Google seems more open: that's simply the way they make money. Most of their business is build around providing (mostly third party) data to anybody for free (even in cases where the owner of the data does not approve). It doesn't matter for Google if they tie people to their services through their search engine, a software like Google Earth or a platform like Android. Just ask Google to provide their search algorithms, show their patents on acquiring user data, open up their data stores (not the data of others provided by Google Search but the data about you and me) to the public and look how open Google really is.


In the end, this is all about business*, it's not about freedom, not about openness, not about the best user experience or anything like that.


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*) Google is actually bringing us a lot closer to an Orwellian future than any other company on this planet.

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RE[2]: Disguise
by testman on Thu 20th May 2010 23:37 in reply to "RE: Disguise"
testman Member since:
2007-10-15

It's not a unique phenomenon; for a time, anything Apple, or Canonical-related was considered a free-pass as well whereas Microsoft were the Big Bad(tm) of the time. While a bit before OSN's time, Microsoft and IBM were darlings of the tech-enthusiast communities as well.

I'm willing to bet that in five years time, saying anything good about Google will also be an instant -1: Troll.

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