Google and Apple sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Wait a minute. That can’t be right. Apple and Google are mortal enemies. You know, like Microsoft and Samsung. Wait. Are they not really frenemies, too?
If Apple and Google compete, and they do, then how do they remain frenemies?
The type of “friend” whose words or actions bring you down.(whether you realize it as intentional or not) The type of friend you ought to cut off but don’t cuz…they’re nice… good …you’ve had good times with them.
Google may get more from the friendship than Apple but it isn’t as if the iPhone maker suffers. iPhone, iPad, and Mac customers get a wider choice of applications than Android users, so there’s that. Apple is more profitable than Google, and Google would be far less profitable without access to Apple’s customers, so there’s that.
U know…they’re good people that you can count on to bring you down again sometime in the near future.
Alright, there may be good people at Google– thousands of them were willing to walk out in protest to the company’s ill-advised ways– but Apple prospers, too, from a strained and tenuous relationship with Google. The search engine giant pays Apple a few billion dollars to place Google as the default search on Safari. More recently, Apple has emboldened Safari with tools that help user privacy by inhibiting online advertising trackers.
Google seems to have decided that such internet trash needs to be corralled, limited, and blocked entirely. J.C. Torres:
Both users and browser makers play a game of cat and mouse against misbehaving and even downright malicious ads and we’re in for yet another round. Google has just issued a warning, that starting next month, it will be more aggressively removing all ads on a few sites that still refuse to clean up their act.
Aggressively? How so?
Google is singling out ads that deceive users into clicking buttons that don’t do what they’re supposed to do. Like that close button you expect would be your salvation, only to turn into a phishing scam or malware download. Google already has rules against such ads but some sites and makers just aren’t listening.
For a company whose methodologies are so inherently deceptive, why bother to inhibit others who are deceptive, too?
Money. Competition. Money and competition.
While Google’s policies, on the surface, champion the user, some paint Google’s crusade as somewhat self-serving, pushing for ad rules that favor its own advertising platform.
There you go. Money. And competition.
Google will police other non-Google advertisers by blocking all ads that appear on websites which refuse to heed the warnings emanating from the Chrome browser later this year. Simply put, Google remains as self serving as ever, but in this case trashing the competition in favor of its own advertising system and policies.
How is that any different than Apple bashing Google and Facebook for their privacy policies while accepting money from Google to keep the search engine giant #1 on Safari?