Google Project Glass will fail and the reason is you. That’s it. One simple reason, you!
At least in its current form, Project Glass is nothing more than an art experiment loaded with high tech and support from Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin.
Don’t get me wrong. Project Glass is an amazing idea but the execution sucks. As an art projects Project Glass can do wonders. It’s great for video capturing and futuristic view of the days ahead, big data and everyone’s digital eg0 living on the web. Sure, that’s a great idea. Continue reading »
A new store isn’t going to solve the major problem with Android tablets, which is that they lack compelling tablet-focused apps from major, popular brands. But it’s a good move, and it’s very different from Google’s first attempt at selling hardware online, the doomed Nexus One store. The reason: this time, wireless carriers aren’t involved.
While this is true and carriers aren’t involved this time, Google has a bad record when it comes to selling hardware:
1. Nexus One – doomed
2. Chromebook – doomed
3. Google tablet – ?
PC Magazine assumes that telcos will give up subsidizing and selling 3G and 4G tablets and surrender to Google’s try to promote the WiFi Google tablet only. With a fail record like that, chances are Google will fail again because Google is still the old Google. This is not a bad thing though. It just means that Google has no retail experience and it still is an engineer driven company.
Even if Google “subsidize these tablets itself” it won’t make much of a difference for the “lack compelling tablet-focused apps” and lack of successful marketing and successful sales of Google hardware using Google online stores.
Google has to make it with its Google tablet store but chances are it won’t, not this time, not this way.
Exciting times we live. The dawn of the 21st century tipped the point for cheap and reliable smartphone and tablet hardware. In the low and mid end of the market, hardware turned to a commodity. The high end of the market is following. In a nutshell, it just doesn’t matter if you are using a $200 Android phone or a $350 one. What is important is the content users create, the information they exchange, the social graph they enrich.
The hardware is not relevant anymore, neither are the air waves. No matter what happens in the foreseeable future (except a WW3 event) both hardware and the medium for transferring information will always be available to more people, cheaper and faster.
Major platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google, WordPress and soon Apple is what actually matters. What we see, what we feel and most of our relationships are stored somewhere, in an agnostic platform along with a huge amount of meta data like location information, time information, reactions from others etc. We increasingly upload chunks of our lives on this platform without knowing anything about it.
When was the last time you trusted a complete stranger with your life, no questions asked, in the real world? There is only one case and that’s religion. It fits perfectly. In a not collective intelligence way, the agnostic platform is preparing the new human; we’re building our own new god because we need it and we are doing so by uploading our lives on Facebook, Twitter, Google, WordPress and Apple servers. They know more about us than we do for ourselves, they are everywhere, they are available all the time; like god.
There’s one thing Gmail is missing at the moment, a killer feature that will transform the way people use Gmail and interact with conversations in their inbox. I want Gmail to automatically load new conversations and emails when reaching the bottom of the page, instead of clicking on the previous and next buttons. It’s a simple feature saving time, clicks and make the whole experience more fluid. The same way Twitter loads new tweets and Facebook loads new posts on the wall.
Why is such a feature missing? I can only assume it’s not a Google thing to do or engineers are so hooked to previous and next buttons they don’t bother with anything else.
I’d love to see this feature in Gmail Labs as a new experiment. Don’t you?
Unless i am missing something, i really wish i do, Google Webmaster Central error message doesn’t make any sense at all. Google Webmaster Central > Site Configuration > Settings > Preferred domain. Google is asking me to first verify the owner of the domain. I did. Then Google is asking me to verify the owner of the domain again. I did. Google lets me know that the domain is verified using two different methods but it wants me to verify the owner of the domain again and again. It just doesn’t work. Bug or what? Continue reading »
The proposed Google – Verizon deal about net neutrality will either be Google’s new China mantra or a good reason for a 180 degrees mentality shift in Google’s executive team with someone leaving the company. In a nutshell, Google is either pushing forward the Verizon deal in order to do the “don’t be evil” thing following an a la China route or it’s whitening the first signs of cultural silos within the company.
There’s a new cool feature in Google Webmaster Tools. Select your site and click on Labs > Site performance. “This page shows you performance statistics of your site. You can use this information to improve the speed of your site and create a faster experience for your users”. That said what you get is a performance graph overview along with page speed suggestions. This is all nice and cool stuff. I love it.
Using Google’s words, this is an example page from my site and some suggestions on how to optimize it:
Details: Save up to 13.6 KB, 8 requests, 5 DNS lookups and here’s the break down. Continue reading »
For a clear view of the future just watch Marissa’s Mayer PARC talk titled Innovation at Google: The physics of data. Now, think Nokia Booklet 3G and Nokia N900 and iPhone 3GS. It’s the sensors, it’s the wireless broadband, it’s the browser, it’s the apps, it’s the data crunching. Period.