Google has announced the release of their Catalogs app for Android but the announcement comes a full 4 months after Google already released the same Catalogs app for Apple iPad.
Is Google sending consumers the message that Android tablets are inferior to the Apple iPad?
It would seem so.
On Monday, Google announced Google Catalogs is now available for Android tablets. From that article :
Starting today, Google Catalogs is available for Android tablets, as well as the iPad, giving you a new way to shop from the comfort of your couch. With rich product images, videos, and the ability to curate your own personal collages to share with friends, Google Catalogs makes browsing your favorite mail order catalogs easy, fun and interactive.
Google Catalogs features more than 125 brands you know and love like Nordstrom, Williams-Sonoma, Nike and Sephora. The app currently has over 400 digital catalog issues to browse across categories such as mens & women’s apparel, jewelry, gifts, gourmet, toys, kids, gadgets, sports & athletics and outdoor adventure.
Sounds good? Evidently not to loyal Android users. The issue that’s not sitting well with the Android crowd is the cold hard fact Google had already released the very same Catalogs app for iPad back in August 2011. Well before the holiday shopping season began.
So what message does that send Android tablet owners? That even Google rushes to get their apps released on the iPad, with Android release coming a full quarter behind?
This faux pas on Google’s part would be similar to Microsoft releasing the newest version of Office for Macintosh before releasing it for Windows.
In a world where technology companies compete to boost their brand awareness, especially where operating systems are concerned, it seems Google has no loyalty for standing behind their own technology.
As the owner of an Apple iPad myself, I really don’t care what Google does with Android but it’s painfully clear Google has no problem tossing Android tablet owners and manufacturers under the wheels.