Behind the bitter rivalry between Apple and Google - and how it's reshaping the way we think about technology.
The rise of smartphones and tablets has altered the business of making computers. At the center of this change are Apple and Google, two companies whose philosophies, leaders, and commercial acumen have steamrolled the competition. In the age of Android and the iPad, these corporations are locked in a feud that will play out not just in the marketplace but in the courts and on screens around the world.
Fred Vogelstein has reported on this rivalry for more than a decade and has rare access to its major players. In Dogfight, he takes us into the offices and board rooms where company dogma translates into ruthless business; behind outsize personalities like Steve Jobs, Apple's now lionized CEO, and Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman; and inside the deals, lawsuits, and allegations that mold the way we communicate. Apple and Google are poaching each other's employees. They bid up the price of each other's acquisitions for spite, and they forge alliances with major players like Facebook and Microsoft in pursuit of market dominance.
Dogfight moves like a novel: Vivid nonfiction with never-before-heard details. This is more than a story about what devices will replace our phones and laptops. It's about who will control the content on those devices and where that content will come from - about the future of media in Silicon Valley, New York, and Hollywood.
©2013 Fred Vogelstein (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
Great history of the war.
The discussion about the engineers during the iPhone introduction.
The narrator mispronounces a handful of words. One example is spelling about RIM instead of just saying 'RIM'.
Dogfight is really all about Google and the author does a poor job of hiding his bias. Once he has covered Google completely reworking Android once the iPhone is released very little new information is presented.
It degenerated into an Apple-bashing book with very little new information about Google or Apple presented. Very little in-depth analysis of the interactions between Google and Apple. Doesn't provide any information that might put Google in a bad light.
The reader is very good with the exception of his constant mispronunciation of iOS.
I wouldn't cut any scenes but would have sent the author back to do more research. Much of the second half of the book is just mentioning old news.
I enjoyed the history and anecdotes on the development of the iPhone and iPad compared to the parallel development of Android. I have a better understanding of some of the less well-known people and how their actions helped to drive the development of products now in use by millions.
I enjoyed the bit about a flask of whisky being passed around by the iPhone product development team while Jobs gave that first demo. Had not heard that story before.
The final chapter seemed a bit pointless.
I rarely write any reviews about books I listen to. But this was a great one. The facts and the personalities conveyed in this book are crucial to understand how Apple and Google grew together to become the companies they are now. Some stuff are really fascinating.
This book contains two story lines in my opinion. One is how Apple and Google evolved as companies and the struggles and strategies they underwent. And the other one which to my surprise has won my ears and heart, is the story of how Steve Jobs got along with 1-) Google's Cofounders Sergei and Larry, and how Steve Jobs handled his cancer during that. It shows very clearly that his attitude towards things was shifting back and forth with his illness and how desperate he was.
The narration tone was perfect, accentuated when needed but not over the top. Sometimes the characters' voices got mixed up and in certain conversations didn't know who talked to know (maybe it's due to my poor focus sometimes). But this is my first listen to Demont and I would certainly do it again. Cheers
Many moments in the book moved me, Apple's pre iPhone release preparations, Apple's iPhone unveiling specifics and how Jobs practiced and how the iPhone was being stitched up for the demo. The relationship fissure between Google and Apple, how Apple and google worked together to get maps up and running.
Great book, highly recommended.
"Read by an android"
This is a book about Android, and appears to be narrated by one. The book is interesting and gives some insight into the world of Apple and Google, but the narrator is very robotic.
As someone who's always been interested in following the tech industry, I didn't learn a huge amount from this book, but it was interesting to hear the stories around the iPhone and iPad launches, and how Google positions Android in the marketplace.
I've you're interested in that kind of thing, then it's worth listening to.
Just as the previous reviewer said, J.P. Demont's voice is wooden and robotic - who chose him? Great story, but a VERY stiff performance. Choose Stephen Fry next time ;-)
"Why Apple and Google Do What They Do"
A good listen
A good voice to listen to
It is a very long listen, not really suited to listening to in one session.
If you ever wondered why Apple and Google do certain things, this will help you understand as it gives huge insights into the behaviour of each company. I found it to be a really interesting experience. Recommend.
"Good book ... terrible narrator"
Jobs autobiography due to subject matter and inside the plex
The narrator drones on, puts little life into the story and sounds almost robotic. One of the worst performances i've heard
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