Linked by David Adams on Mon 7th Dec 2009 18:52 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Google had a media event at the Computer History Museum today to announce new mobile computing services, and seem to have brought to light the kind of "jetpack and flying car" futuristic functionality that mobile computing aficionados have been talking about for years. I'm sure it will all be a little creaky at first, but today may prove to be an important mobile computing landmark.
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Android push
by kragil on Mon 7th Dec 2009 21:06 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

With all the big brother added value Android is becoming a really compelling mobile OS.

I think Google is starting to prefer Android (sometimes unwillingly). Google Nav and Voice etc are best (or only available) on Android.

At some point it will be hard to compete with small mobile devices that have the power of millions of Google servers at their disposal.

Brave new world indeed.

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RE: Android push
by darknexus on Mon 7th Dec 2009 21:50 UTC in reply to "Android push"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

That doesn't raise a red alarm bell in your mind that Google will essentially dominate every mobile computing task in your life? We saw what happened with Microsoft, and everyone loved them at first too. If something similar happens with Google, it will be worse than anything Microsoft has ever managed or even dreamed. It's not only scary what Google are essentially trying to do, but how willingly most people just accept it and don't really think about the implications.

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RE[2]: Android push
by puelocesar on Mon 7th Dec 2009 22:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Android push"
puelocesar Member since:
2008-10-30

Again, who loved microsoft at first? Their first big accomplishment was plain stolen from Apple! I did not saw Google doing things like that yet.

But I agree we should fear Google, how long they will maintain the "don't be evil" thing? I would hate to see that kind of power on the hands of companies like Apple who think they can decide things for us and to the hell people that doesn't agree with them.

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RE[2]: Android push
by Evan on Mon 7th Dec 2009 23:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Android push"
Evan Member since:
2006-01-18

Nobody loved MS. MS stole IP, bought out real innovation, abused monopolistic practices for economic gain, destroyed standards wherever possible, and barely made a decent software product.

Out of all of MS's software, only Word 2.0, .net IDE/Dev tools, NT 4, Win2k, Windows 7, and ie 5 were any good.

Pretty much every 3 years MS would come out with a decent product, and then foul it up and ruin it soon after.

Word 6 copied Word 2, because all other versions were horrid. Windows XP ruined win2k, IE 7/8, etc.

Microsoft has consistently made buggy, crash-prone, bloatware and used their clout as a monopoly to destroy good products in their infancy.

The only real counter to MS was Opensource since it changed the rules of financial gain in the software industry.

And sadly, as a young man in my 20s, I still remember all of this, and even tried to get away from the wintel duopoly by switching to a PPC iBook years ago. As I write this running windows 7 on my Macbook Pro.

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RE[3]: Android push
by Hiev on Tue 8th Dec 2009 00:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Android push"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

Wow, how old were you at that time? 12?.

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RE[2]: Android push
by emerson999 on Tue 8th Dec 2009 03:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Android push"
emerson999 Member since:
2007-12-08

The big difference between google and microsoft is open standards. I can export pretty much anything from their services into open formats and reuse that anywhere else. Where microsoft thrived on lockin.

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RE[3]: Android push
by sbergman27 on Tue 8th Dec 2009 03:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Android push"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

I can export pretty much anything from their services

But can you expunge it from their "services"?

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Goggles
by Delgarde on Mon 7th Dec 2009 22:21 UTC
Delgarde
Member since:
2008-08-19

'Goggles' sounds rather useful, albeit not as a mobile app, but as one I'd use while looking through holiday photos, and trying to remember what it depicted. I came away from a recent South American holiday with dozens of pictures of old churches and colonial buildings, and very little idea which of these buildings is which...

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Interesting Goggles
by arsa on Tue 8th Dec 2009 09:45 UTC
arsa
Member since:
2009-10-26

I wonder how would the "Did you mean...?" feature of the current Google search would like with Goggles. For example, you upload a picture of some famous politician (to use it as a search "string") and then you get "Did you mean" with the picture of some equally famous pornographic star... I'm just noticing how delicate that feature might turn out, as is the case with the current text search on http://images.google.com occasionally.

Edited 2009-12-08 09:49 UTC

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Google Goggles
by Gordon W on Wed 9th Dec 2009 07:34 UTC
Gordon W
Member since:
2009-12-09

thank you

Edited 2009-12-09 07:35 UTC

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