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
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"Great book, But Narrator Needs Technical Help"
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'.
"Well the first half of the book is interesting"
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.
"Great content terrible narrator"
The story is very interesting, but the narrator says several tech terms and names wrong. Also the story has a heavy pro-Apple bias for sure
"Reader wouldn't pronounce iOS correctly"
The book was full of interesting details, though the readers mispronunciation of some common technology names was a bit maddening.
"A Great Book Deserves An Equally Great Narration."
The story was great. The issue I had was that the narrator (or whomever was advising the narrator) had absolutely no tech background whatsoever.
It was a really good story
No. J. P. Demont alone is the reason why the ratings for this book were not 5 stars across the board.
"well worth reading but not likely to be a classic."
Dogfight is a good book and offers many insights and anecdotes about the smartphone-centered competition for platform control bn Apple and Google. unlikely to be a classic.
"Fantastic story & analysis"
They should make all business school students read this. This is probably the most timely and relevant business story I've read as of early 2016.
"Great book. Lots of information."
This is a great book is very interesting to learn about the two most powerful companies in the last 10 years. It's well worth the time.
Many good interviews provide some unique details on the shifting relationship between these tech giants.
"3 out of 5"
narrator's voice made me want to sleep quite often. sometimes the story was really interesting, but at the end of the book I wished it would end sooner. the book is good for commuting when you've got nothing better.
"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.
"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
"Good start bad ending"
Good beginning but the last few chapters chicken out and follow the obvious conclusion using history as a guide after spending the first half telling us how the two companies changed history.
Although this book is well written and read I would question its accuracy in some areas
"Good not outstanding"
Interesting. Not outstanding. Last chapter a bit of a let-down and does hold well as of March 2015. In summation good but not revelatory.
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.
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