Competitive Angles Have Crystallized
"So these recent moves are consistent with legitimate strategies from both companies, and the properties did seem to end up with the firms that needed them the most. Lala is closer to Apple's media core, and Apple has largely cornered the mobile media market; Google is the leader in online advertising and has clearly cornered that market. Both are affectively assuring their respective near monopolies."The Google Voice debacle set this cold but warming confrontation off like a wildfire. Last summer, Google submitted a version of its Google Voice phone management app to the Apple App Store, but Apple rejected it.
Apple said it denied Google Voice because its features compete with iPhone's feature set, but Google Voice cannot connect calls. That is set to change after Google bought softphone maker Gizmo5, which will enable Google Voice to connect those calls. This is yet another step where Google is moving closer to Apple's turf; but the rabbit hole goes deeper.
"The way Steve [Jobs] handled the firing of Eric Schmidt from his board was very personal, and I think that has focused Google more solidly on Apple and Apple more solidly on Google. Much like Google's initial focus on destroying Microsoft appeared largely driven by a personal dislike for that company that cut across its executive leadership, these recent moves appear to be tied to a personal dislike that has grown between the CEOs. "We often talk about excessive power and the connection to 'evil' behavior, but, in my experience, excessive power can also result in avoidable battles between two companies that aren't natural competitors."