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"Being good at web services" means having a platform where 3rd party services can operate and, more importantly, cooperate, as 1st class citizens.
Apple will never accomplish that because it is against their religion, not because they aren't good at it. On android any service can integrate deeply with Android in a consistent and powerful way by simply registering themselves as handlers of certain intents. On iOS, Apple basically hard coded special support for Twitter and Facebook, a joke by comparison.
So maybe what google is doing right is really *allowing* 3rd parties to be good at providing services. Again, Apple will never do that, so long term they are doomed to 2nd place (at best!) because they can't provide all those services themselves. Edited 2012-12-06 02:05 UTC
Oh, and Google is already *better* than Apple at design when you are talking about android vs ios. ios' skeumorphic crap looks cartoonish compared to stock android 4+. Even OEM skins are getting very light, allowing stock android design to shine.
On the other hand I will admit that hardware-wise, Apple crushes all android OEMs (and PC laptop makers) in the design area. But you can't totally blame google for that.
I think Samsung's Note 2 is a far, far better piece of hardware than an iPhone 5.
I know not everyone agrees with me on that, but that's the beauty of the Android phones: more choice.
google started android but other programmers made android what it is today not google there are hundreds of developers working on android everyday all day ,if u gonna give credit to google than don't forget all the developers that make android the software it is today, everyone one is quick to knock apple but fail to thanks them for pushing the envelope in technology
they didn't invent the touch screen or cell phones but they developed at the time the best phone with all the bells and whistles integrated while the so called phone manufactures were still playing with flips
competition is good for all of us we can get better products all the time so be grateful to the companies who think out of the box before bashing them ...