Google is a great and large company that spans many businesses that compete with each other. One notable one that is most interesting is that they bought Motorola and still have the Nexus brand devices made by Samsung. Companies that compete with themselves are few because many companies aren’t large enough, for instance, Microsoft also has competing brands but only in a few areas: Microsoft office and Microsoft Works, both have strong features but Works is always the lower end so they aren’t really competing while Google has ChromeOS, which originally was pegged for tablets, and Android, which originally was only used on phones and very low end tablets. Both ChromeOS and Android are now being used on low end laptops and competing directly and ChromeOS is the better one for Laptop hardware but still Android is getting there as well.
So, why care about a big company competing with itself? I don’t it is just an interesting dynamic that is not used in all business’s but is a good solution to having arguments about who’s product is better if there is a fight about which way to go with an operating system or program. Also, as Microsoft has proved over and over again, it is a way to eliminate ideas constructively, I love Microsoft Encarta but when Bing came it was obsolete and could be disposed of, but instead of just outright getting rid of it they brought out the last edition and integrated it with Bing so it would still be somewhat useful in the age of “search and receive” instead of keeping the type of software that was dying they came out with a happy marriage that ended up Killing off Encarta but it still exists in disk drives in some places like my bedroom if not only for the Calculator program that was bundled with it the last year. Hopefully Google will stop trying what is apparently not working and just try to integrate ChromeOS’s best features (such as the browser and having a tab button for google Docs) into Android and start merging them more to have one great Operating System instead of 2 competing ones that are good but browsing in Android s sometimes annoying and working offline in ChromeOS is near impossible. Just Merge them it’s doomed to happen even though I love ChromeOS I will not buy a laptop restricted to only work online when I can barely use my schools wifi to write this post.