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Google kicked BlackBerry users of Gmail in the teeth this month when it pulled the plug on its email mobile application.
Besides causing controversy amongst its BlackBerry using collective, it did seem to be a significant marker for the company. While they continue to integrate Gmail into BlackBerry devices natively, it was seen as Google's way of signing the BlackBerry death warrant amongst many end-user consumer customers.
But interestingly, the WSJ reported that Google's reasons for dropping the BlackBerry platform was to cosy up to its nearest rival, Apple. Talk about mixed messages...
Chromebook sales are not looking healthy. The hair is falling out, its teeth have rotten, and the parents are asking Google to change the will. These cloud-based laptops are not selling like the proverbial hotcakes, and the search giant is struggling to think of what it can do next to -- well, not revitalise sales -- but to actually get them off the ground.
5,000 sales of Chromebooks. 5,000. Let me just say that again. 5,000, according to Digitimes. Google put its heart and soul into bringing Chrome OS -- this cloud-oriented operating system -- to the desktop, or laptop, and it has failed miserably. Even in trying to flog them off on the cheap to schools, colleges and universities has not worked.
Google is in a pickle. Does it carry on and do what it can to get Chromebooks off the shelves, or give up after only a few months of them being on sale?