Google To Dominate Our Phones: Enter Google Android [Update]

What would it take to build a better mobile phone?

A commitment to openness, a shared vision for the future, and concrete plans to make the vision a reality.

—From the new Open Handset Alliance.

In case you missed it, the keyword here is “openness”, which feels like an obvious sting at Apples recent iPhone development closedness.

I, for one, welcome our new Google overlords. Over-used jokes aside, this seems to me like it would be a good time to buy Google stock; that is: today rather than tomorrow. Why? Because so far Google has a trackrecord of making incredibly useful, usable web-applications that I’ve come to use daily. Add a phone to that mix, and the result smells like cookies and cream. Delicious cookies and cream.

While waiting for a phone that does free VOIP Google Talk, Gmail and Google Calendar, follow the no-longer-live coverage at engadget or read the Google Blog.

Update: Blogoscoped has screenshots and a video.

3 thoughts on “Google To Dominate Our Phones: Enter Google Android [Update]”

  1. Chris says:

    From the smattering I’ve heard this is just Google doing the software. Which means we still have the same nutters doing the hardware. So… that’s something to think on.

    Also, despite Google being all awesome and stuffs when have they ever been good at interface? People jizz in their shorts over things Google does because the product (search, mail, RSS reader) works pretty well. Don’t forget that search is just a text-input box. Mail is just a three pane text display and Reader is just a 2 column text display. Whoopee.

    Google can do “give me data”. I’ve never seen evidence they can do “give me data and make it easy on the eyes”

    Lastly, I suppose I can trust Google with knowing that I’m searching for the best place for seafood but I don’t know that I want anyone knowing when I get to the restaurant. Envision this: Google anonymously collects data on where people go via the built-in GPS chip. Everyone is fine with that cause it’s Google and they’re Not Evil. Then, two months later you’re back at the same location that you and your friends hang out at cause it’s just this awesome scenic lake. Only now, there are targeted billboards floating on the water.

    Everyone seems to think Google is a technology company and that’s cool. But, they’re not. They’re an advertising company, and that’s never been cool.

  2. Joen says:

    Which means we still have the same nutters doing the hardware. So? that?s something to think on.

    Oh, sure, but how is that different from a PC?

    Google search looks (almost) the same no matter which computer you view it on, and it works the same. I imagine this GooOS for phones is much the same.

    Also, despite Google being all awesome and stuffs when have they ever been good at interface? People jizz in their shorts over things Google does because the product (search, mail, RSS reader) works pretty well. Don?t forget that search is just a text-input box. Mail is just a three pane text display and Reader is just a 2 column text display. Whoopee.

    “Search is just a text-input box”, “Mail is just a three pane text display”, “Reader is just a 2 column text display”.

    Yes. Yes you are completely right.

    And how can it be that 99% of webpages get this wrong?

    Google can do ?give me data?. I?ve never seen evidence they can do ?give me data and make it easy on the eyes?

    While “easy on the eyes” and “usable” are certainly combinable, in my experience the former is usually prioritized over usable: for shame.

    Only now, there are targeted billboards floating on the water.

    How is that different from today?

    Jokes aside. People would switch, of course.

    Everyone seems to think Google is a technology company and that?s cool. But, they?re not. They?re an advertising company, and that?s never been cool.

    There’s no such thing as a free meal, so yes, they make money from Adsense. Still, that means they make enough money from blue text links to give me mail, calendar and IMAP. That works for me.

    Oh, and I don’t think the phone OS itself would be adridden: possibly the services you’d connect to (Google, et. al), but I think Googles primary stream of revenue from a phone OS would be the ubiquity it would create for their webservices.

  3. Anders Rask says:

    Everyone seems to think Google is a technology company and that’s cool. They’re an advertising company, and that’s never been cool.

    I think it’s a little too simplistic to say they’re an advertisement company and not a technology company. Quite clearly they’re both.

    The main thing Google is providing me is excellent Internet search. I “pay” for this service by looking at, and occasionally clicking on advertisement. If they didn’t have excellent technology, they could be advertisers all they wanted to, but they wouldn’t really show many ads.

    AdWords in itself works pretty well and is easy to use, but there is no denying that what they compete on is the quality of their various technologies.

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