Importantly, this failure generally has nothing to do with the technology that powers Google's products, which is often amazing.
Rather, it's the result of weaker product design.
The common thread of these anecdotes is that Google designs its products for geeky technologists, while Apple designs for normal humans.
And it turns out that geeky technologists are a small, weird niche of the broader consumer market, which is making it harder for Google to become a beloved mass-market brand.
The difference between Google's product design and Apple's product design starts with the difference between the types of people each company places the highest value on.
Google has an engineering culture, in which brilliant technologists are the rock stars.Apple, meanwhile, has a product-design and marketing culture, in which "technology" merely serves to support a product's function and form.