Another year in the books! (Almost).
As such, we’re taking a look back at the biggest flops in consumer technology for the year.
We’ve done this annually. It’s interesting to see which companies are getting better at reigning in poor products, and which aren’t.
This year, Google (GOOG) had practically no flops. And Apple had just a few minor errors.
Compared to years past, this is really good. Google in particular seems like a much more disciplined, more focused company today than ever before.
Then again, in sports there’s a saying that goes, “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.”
The tech equivalent would be, “If you ain’t failing, you ain’t tryin.” A few flops here and there are good, it means you’re trying something new. Not everything is going to work, and you can’t be scared to test out new ideas.
15. Microsoft’s CEO succession planning
We’re not quite sure how to frame this one, but there was something weird about Steve Ballmer’s retirement. He says he’s leaving of his own accord, yet he put plans in place for a radical reorg of the company just a few weeks before he announced his retirement. And, Microsoft (MSFT) didn’t have his replacement lined up, so it’s been out there trying to figure out who is going to run the company next. This process has been odd, and stilted.
14. The Google Barge
Google was working on a mysterious barge in the San Francisco Bay. Initial speculation said it was going to be a floating data center. Later reports said it would be a store front for Google Glass. Now, it looks like it might not be anything because Google failed to get the proper permits for the barge. The multi-million dollar project is now under investigation.
13. The iPhone 5C
Sales of the iPhone 5C appear to be weaker than expected. There have been multiple reports of Apple (AAPL)cutting 5C production in favor of the iPhone 5S. For Apple’s business, this is a good thing. But, it’s perplexing. We’re not sure why Apple did the 5C. Maybe it becomes clearer in the future.