1) Microsoft is being describe as the HOT company. The Google of old.
2) Nadella (sp?) Knows what he is doing.
3) Win10 bridges the divide. It makes one app work across the board with minor changes.
4) Google is about to be killed in search on the PC side. There is no reason to install Chrome or even navigate to Google with Cortana/Spartan. Google makes 99% revenue from ads, while mobile is the new ad frontier, the loss of desktop will hurt.
5) Google is getting the backlash now. Look at the original Hangouts post for what they consider is "new"(yesterday) . The people are calling it lazy and not what they have been wanting.
6) Android has nothing to offer this year in hardware. Look at Samsung and HTC... Nothing really new or innovative. A Haiwai Nexus 2015??? Yeah, that's a seller (sarcasm).
7) Personal assistants that cross from desktop to phone and offer a " real" experience are going to trump cards that are impersonal and a lack of personality personality or personal abilities. Simply offering up relevant info won't cut it because Cortana and even Siri are gaining on doing that.
on the flipside
1) Variables such as I/O 2015 are huge. Either Google brings more to the table than cartoon design or they risk losing core consumers.
2) Google needs to focus... right now they are so ufocused that things are starting to feel like they are just throwing anything at the wall to see if it sticks.
Gmail - Inbox - Contacts (all email UI's)
Google Music Streaming - Youtube Music Key
Google Wallet - Android Pay
Chromecast - Android TV
It almost feels like Google wants to be 2 companies... Google and Android. Never mind their pursuit of another revenue stream through wild and wacky ideas like Internet Drones/ balloons, driverless cars, AR glasses... that's just more media spotlight to take peoples attention off the disarray at the core.
Android will be the dominant phone OS for several years to come but just like IOS, it will lose that spot. Whether IOS or even Windows replaces it, is not a given, but we can be sure that no company takes the top spot and can maintain it forever. It just won 't happen.
Microsoft with Win10 is going to be VERY exciting. If they stay away from exclusives, keep it carrier unlocked, and keep that flagship price below other flagships then they have a real chance of creeping back up the market share ladder.
I buy the song on Google Play music, download it to my phone, use a downloaded file manager to get to it and then find that Google Play Music does not download it as an MP3... you know.. the standard open file for music.
So now, I'll have to download it via music manager, upload it to Drive, and download it to my phone in MP3 format.
Then use the file manager to copy and paste it into place.
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