When Google aggressively called out Microsoft's Bing on using the former's click data to feed the latter's own search results, some pundits called it a signature Larry Page move. Other more levelheaded commentators called it hypocritical. The story caused a bit of a stir for a week, but it looks like won't be alone. Since then:
- Chrome's NaCl API suddenly changed, prompting Download Squad to say the browser might become the next IE6 by breaking the web.
- Google has now disabled syncing of Facebook contacts in the Nexus S phone directory. Given the raft of bugs Nexus (1 & S) users have had to deal with, not to mention the lack of basic features such as a notification light or SD storage on the S, you'd think Google might want to maintain the best experience possible for users on their flagship device. Instead, the company is retaliating against Facebook by inconveniencing early adopters – the people most likely to evangelize the Android platform. This move won't stop anyone from using Facebook, but it might entice a few people to switch back to devices made by RIM, the company that pioneered mobile contact list aggregation.
Many, such as myself, had thought that Page's return to the helm at Google would result in the company returning to its startup roots. Instead, it seems to be resulting in hotheaded behavior. At the top, that's called being despotic.As an Android fan, I'm worried Google's newfound pettiness will destroy the platform. Are you?