We expected a few days would be tranquilitos, with news relevant to anything (except for the Galaxy S3). But fate did not want to give us a break and not to give us news related to a greater or lesser extent with the android world.
If you do nothing and less than expected appeared Instagram version of Android is coming back to become players in the media technology for its acquisition by the giant internet and social networks Facebook. If you follow our blog brother Omicrono , ye shall have heard the time of purchase, which in principle will be around 1,000 million dollars. The best part is that Facebook, after such payment, stays as normal as buying a single packet of potatoes.
But all this core leads to a reflection as is the subject of monopolies. Lots of companies buy other smaller or emerging companies as a threat to your business or simply could take advantage of its technologies. I refer not only to Facebook, Google also has done several times and Apple as well. In fact, the magnificent Siri envy both on Android today has its origins in a company that bought the Cupertino. Moreover, Google, not long ago acquired a company based on voice recognition to launch a new rival for siri.
Sure, these purchases help improve current services but kill the future of the company and will be limited only to what the buyer says , while without it, everyone decides to go and how to go, can achieve much more success with this strategy. A clear example, s i Instagram had been bought by Apple as ever sounded, I doubt that the Android we ever seen and this, from the point of view of the company, you hurt yourself and do not reach the level of expansion already acquired with the jump to the Google platform. It is for this reason that monopolies and large purchases, can veto many of the plans of the companies and thus we are losers.
The companies we try to cast this type of operation, saying that they do to try to improve their services and create an ecosystem where they do is force us to use what they want . Another example, Spotify. If you want to use Spotify, we need to use Facebook or yes. And in this case we speak only of an agreement, no shopping or anything like that. If there is a purchase, we would see even more intrusion of Facebook in the use of Spotify.
But users look for a ecosystem chosen for us, that suits us , that is, if we have in the gallery integration with Twitter because we can have if we are with Facebook, because Facebook and is not forced to use all the same out what it does is slowly destroying each service. This is what Google and Android are doing , allow the user to integrate itself and nothing is forced. If we want to integrate with Twitter in the gallery and install the application and have it automatically, without any problem. And so with the vast majority of applications and services. In short, we want integration, not fusion.
And worst of all, often annihilate and destroy promising projects and services in the future may have come to compete on an equal footing with the largest in the sector.Hopefully with Instagram not do any of this, though, is not being pessimistic, but are following the same steps as with Gowalla or Beluga at the time, which were destroyed . However, the magnitude of Instagram is not the same as that of the other two services, but these companies think more about themselves than the millions of users who have.
Similarly, we also hope they will honor their word and continue to work independently both networks social, but it seems very difficult because we all know the craze is on Facebook unify everything about your social network . Moreover, do not be surprised if in the future Instagram becomes part of the Facebook application and therefore also make the leap to the desktop version. In doing so, would likely destroy the concept and philosophy that has led to Instagram to be one of the most valuable applications in both mobile platforms more expanded in the world.
Personally I just ask one thing, they keep their word and kept apart from each other. Do not alter the philosophy and simply improve the service without actually unite or merge with each other.