That's an interesting perspective, Rob--that Google's core competence is innovation. It certainly seems to be the case. Search is just proving to be the tip of the iceberg, but it was the cash cow that fueled all of these other investments. To again make a comparison--Microsoft was able to invest in other areas because they had Windows. But unlike Microsoft--which failed with things like IE and Windows Mobile (comparatively speaking)--Google is finding success with its other offerings.
I agree, Elizabeth. Google success with Android was simply amazing. It makes you wonder what Google's core competence actually is. It's clearly more than search. someone recently suggested that Google core competence is innovation.
I also love how they beat Microsoft at a game Microsoft had been playing for years. Microsoft really never won the mobile game, and Apple put one of the nails in the coffin. Then Google came in with Android and, like Microsoft, was device agnostic (and even one-upped them by making the platform open source). Now Android is the most popular mobile platform. So Google is not to be underestimated! If it wants to do robots well, it will do robots well.
Google is very smart when it comes to spotting potential. Android was founded in 2003, and by 2005 google had realized its potential and acquired it. Even then people knew very little about android and now look at the level achieved by android. The reason that google (which started as just a search engine) is so successful is that they are able to target companies with great potentials at the right time and then mold these companies according to their need.
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