Google Tries On Another Apple Business for Size
Cut to now: Google (GOOG) sells digital movies, is about to sell digital books and would like to sell digital TV shows. It is also trying, for now, to sell Google-branded phones directly to consumers. The one thing it’s not selling that Apple does is music, though there are persistent rumblings that the Googleplex is interested in playing there, too.
You can add nuance to this if you want. Google’s e-bookstore is designed to be compatible with Apple’s iPad, for instance. And its search engine is still the default on Apple’s mobile devices. Meanwhile, Steve Jobs counts on Google’s YouTube as an ally in his fight against Adobe (ADBE) and its Flash standard.
But make no mistake: These two companies are going to be competing directly for a long time to come. And no matter how many al fresco coffees their CEOs enjoy together, it’s going to be a fierce battle.