This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Google Launches the Bugatti of Laptops

Stocks in this article: GOOG MSFT AAPL HPQ

These are all steps on Google's path to put Microsoft and Apple out of business. Consider the following market share numbers: Google's market share in search has been around 67% for years now. Google's market share in smartphones has now hit an amazing 70%, Strategy Analytics: Android claimed 70% of world smartphone share in Q4 2012 .

Back in 2000, Google's market share in search was around 1%. Back in 2007, Google's market share in smartphones was also around 1%. In only a few short years, Google captured more than two thirds of these enormous markets.

The Google Pixel is one piece of the puzzle for Google to do the same in the PC market. It will not happen in a year or two, just like Google took at least approximately five years to achieve 67% and 70% market share in search and smartphones.

But get to that kind of market share in PCs, at least Google has now shown that it has leapfrogged the competition with a superior product. It will not be the PC for everyone, right now. There are some special programs that a minority of the modern population can't use on Chrome OS.

However, for those of us who do not have peculiar special needs with our PCs, such as running PhotoShop or some esoteric mind-destroying game, the Google Pixel laptop is to a Windows 8 laptop or a MacBook what Buckingham Palace is to a Burger King. And predictably, the people who disagree will be mostly those who have not yet used it.

This brings us to a remaining piece in Google's puzzle. Among Apple's many virtues is that they have a superior retail store strategy. As I published here on Aug. 15, 2011 Google's Strategy: Look Like Apple , Google would start planning for stores -- just like Apple and Microsoft -- once it had closed the Motorola acquisition. A year and a half later, I have not changed my mind on that.

Google is building a retail product portfolio to display in its own stores: smartphones, tablets, PCs, TV players and connected eyeglasses. It's already got 70% market share in smartphones, and the market share in key services such as search is also dominant at 67%.

3 of 4

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!

Markets

DOW 17,778.15 +421.28 2.43%
S&P 500 2,061.23 +48.34 2.40%
NASDAQ 4,748.3960 +104.0840 2.24%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs