USA TODAY: Google I/O: Apple on their minds

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Google I/O: Apple on their minds

SAN FRANCISCO — When Google went public in the summer of 2004, few to none on Wall Street viewed the Internet search powerhouse as a threat to hardware maker Apple — or vice versa. Most saw either Yahoo or Microsoft as Google’s chief rival. But that was before the desktop Internet began turning into the mobile Web as consumers – especially younger ones -– shift to smartphones and tablets for their digital content. On Wednesday, when Google kicks off its annual I/O conference here, Apple will very much be on the collective mind of its developer community, as the two platforms vie for mobile software dominance. Last month, Google said its Gmail program was the first Android app to pass 1 billion downloads on Google Play, its online store. Earlier this month, Google said its map app had also hit that milestone.

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