Top 7 Google Successes and Failures

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midynamics

g+ has been a failure MIDynamics

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Shiv

I predict Nest will be Google's next failure. No one except Google wants Google to know when they enter and leave their house. There are no companies on Earth with less respect for user privacy than Google and Facebook. The new feature of letting anyone sent email to a g+ user unless the user opts-out is just the latest example of this.

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schwit

Youtube? They bought this after it was a success.

"Do no evil" is an epic failure. Best displayed when Schmidt said "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

Google Maps took a hit today. They removed the "Search Nearby" feature.

Google+ and all social media sites are a failures. Nothing but time wasters.

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jimmthang

They most certainly did buy Youtube when it was on the up and up and it is one of their best acquisitions ever. We cosnider it a major success in that regard. Plus, Youtube has grown leaps and bounds since Google acquired the company in 2006. 

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Nixon

Google Drive is one I use a lot paired with SkyDrive.
Google Drive for my school files storage, SkyDrive for OneNote.

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RandomInt

I don't know how successful it is, but Google Voice has some great features.

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lunchbox73

Yes. I've been using Google Voice as my personal phone number ever since I received my first Android phone for work several years ago. I use it on my GS3, my Obi at home as a land line, and love being able to use many features via browser - send and receive text, listen and read transcribed voicemail, block callers, etc.

Google is so quiet about Voice and doesn't seem to be working on it. I fear they may pull the plug on it any day.

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draconis123

"We start our story examining Google's five biggest success stories."

Glad to see those math classes they make us do are worth something.

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chriszele

The story was originally five successes and failures and we ended up making it 7 failures and successes. Thanks for catching that typo!

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jojoguy10

Man, I love Google+! I understand why people get upset when Google shoves it down their throats and I know why people won't move to it (all their friends are on Twitter/Facebook), but it's really awesome and it integrates really well with all of Google's products (as we found out)

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sK0pe

I prefer using Google Plus over Facebook any time. The once a week visit to Facebook feels like I'm using trash.

My adblocker is usually blocking 7 - 20+ advertisements on any given page.

Google Plus allows the best integration with Youtube, Hangouts works great as an SMS and messaging platform.

All my photos are already uploaded by the time I get to use it. The search is obviously better than Facebook.

As soon as you get a critical mass of active users, there will be a deluge as everyone leaves Facebook.

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vrmlbasic

I liked being able to post to YouTube without having to join their network. Now I can't, and I have to fight off Google's prompts to make me join G+ when I'm in Gmail/Drive. If they make it a requirement to use Android then I'm going iPhone.

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Scatter

Every company of their size will have their hits as well as misses. I think that overall they've done fantastic.

You should follow this up with the top successes and failures of Microsoft and Apple.

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jimmthang

We've done a Microsoft version: http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_5_greatest_successes_and_failures_2013

Regarding Apple, do they even have successes? :P 

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Scatter

iTunes?
iPhone
iPad?
iPod?
Macintosh?
Apple II?

I know that a lot of people hate on Apple but they've been at the top of the market in many technologies for decades.

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sK0pe

iTunes is the worst software ever written.

iPhone - babies first smartphone, plus how to make your consumer's phones obsolete every 12 months. A magical phone that had all these features that were already available on other smartphones overseas. No copy paste?

iPad - is still a useless device, companies are trying to shoehorn it into productive roles resulting in utter failure.

iPod - the most proprietary filled piece of junk in the world, they even destroyed Firewire with this device.

Macintosh? everything past 1990 failed till they had to hide the name.

Chip choices?
CPU choices?
Apple TV?
iPhone 4 radio?
iPhone 5C?
Apple OS updates that amount to Service Packs released under the guise of new OS.
Apple OS in general - why do people tout bootcamp and install Windows on Apple hardware?
Apple Maps
Facetime
iBooks
Ping
Steve Jobs books and movies.

Everything that is proprietary and limiting.

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vrmlbasic

An Android phone is lucky if it makes it 12 months before obsolesence. App makers can spontaneously blacklist certain phones, OS updates are almost as unlikely as winning the lottery, and with the carriers and phone makers screwing around with the OS even phones with the same version of Android can appear and act quite differently.

I'm also not a fan of the "upgrades" that I've gotten on my OS that have stripped out features like "sleep mode", "Charge only over USB" and use camera without unlocking phone.

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Scatter

You may not care for the actual iTunes software but the iTunes marketplace forever changed the way music was sold (for better or for worse can be debated)

As for the iPhone. YOU may not care for it but I don't think that even the largest Apple hater can deny with a straight face that it was a huge success and made the company billions of dollars.

The iPad was one of the best selling tablets when they first came out.

The iPod was the Walkman of it's day and it spawned hundreds if not thousands of clones that wanted a piece of the pie. People don't generally copy failures.

Macintosh may not be what it was back in the 80s and 90s but in those days is was revolutionary.

I'm not denying that most of Apple's products have been proprietary only that they've had many many successes over the years.

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vrmlbasic

Sadly I have to admit that Apple does have successes.

Until MPC introduced us to the various 4K displays at CES, Apple was the only one carrying the torch for desktop monitor resolutions > 1080. As a pixel junkie I can't forget that lol.

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sK0pe

I've been using 2560x1600 monitors since 2006, are you serious?

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vrmlbasic

Yes. Apple has been pushing higher-res-than-standard screens in its products for ages now, while mainstream monitors stagnated at 1080 and, tragically, buying a laptop today that isn't even 1080 is far too easy.

If it weren't for Apple, the South Koreans wouldn't have been able to get high-quality, low cost 2560 IPS displays to the masses.

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vrmlbasic

I'm glad to see g+ in the "failures" list.

I'm thinking that Google Search might find its way over to the Failures side soon enough as the "search bubbling" on it, even when logged out, is pretty extreme. The Android fragmentation might also kick that OS to the "fails" side soon enough as 4.x.x versions of Android are as different from each other as Windows XP is from Windows 8.1.

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The Mac

fragmentation should decrease on android starting with Kit-Kat, theve designed it work well with underpowered/old hardware.

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vrmlbasic

Assuming that I ever get it on my devices, which doesn't seem likely.

Though as an AMD user I'm not sure I want to go to an OS where the term "AMD" is blocked by default.