Matthew J. Belvedere for CNBC:
The greatest innovator in the world right now is Google—not Apple, said Walter Isaacson, author of the best-selling biography “Steve Jobs.”
Case in point—he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday: Google buying Nest Labs is a bigger development than Apple selling iPhones on China Mobile’s network.
While acknowledging the China Mobile partnership is a “big deal” for Apple, he said Google-Nest exemplifies the “amazingly strong integrated strategy that Google has to connect all of our devices, all of our lives, from our car, to our navigation system, to how our garage doors are going to open.” link
For Isaacson the fact that Google bought Nest to, let’s face it, aqui-hire a great team of product designers (and their management) to augment (supplant) their own less than inspiring design team, and the fact that Google is essentially doing public betas with self driving cars, Glass, and another aqui-hire’s robots makes them more innovative than Apple. And every other company in the world. That’s strange, because I thought up until (whatever time and date you might be reading this) Apple has taken Google out to the innovation woodshed when it comes software, hardware, and production, not to mention the whole range of products we can both guess and not guess that Apple’s privately beta testing right now that I’m certain will make Google’s Chromecast look like the sad little dongle that it is.