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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Predicting new products from Google

Today is Google's official 7th birthday, although I agree with Danny Sullivan and thought it was the 7th, anyway it's a good reason to try the predicting game summarizing some of the rumours about Google products not launched yet.

I believe these are the products Googlers are betting on, for getting these conclusions I am deeply influenced by the following Eric Schmidt's quotes:

Google Global Net
A dark fiber expert, investments in a powerline carrier , some carrier hotel space rumours, a RFP to build an optical DWDM network and the sponsorship of some WiFi hotspots show their efforts to bring universal access and the broadband required for VoIP & video.

Google SmartPhone
Already in the VoIP market, with Android's acquisition they got people who build mobile internet products and were presumably working on a mobile OS with IPTV capabilities, with Dodgeball they have location-aware services to get a better IM experience and since they did not buy Meetroduction they may already have geo-proximity technology, add some PIM tools like a Calendar and some thin applications similar to the ones they are working in the sub-$100 laptops and you know what's next.

Google Mobile Computer

Google has an operating system, since thick clients will still be relevant for a decade they could be working in boxes which will support some of the projects they are already helping like the Project Looking Glass and the Inkscape SVG Editor, this upcoming computer will use their proven search technologies to find the right information in the new world of work.

Google Internet Navigator

Google Sidebar suggests what information you may be interested and Google Toolbar improves your overall browsing experience in IE, they have a Firefox Team with a Mac expert and Om Malik suggests that they made Opera free, it looks like they are already making the calls so they just need to launch a navigator for branding purposes.

Google AdSense for TV & Print

Google is already trying print advertising sales and they were recently looking for a product manager for Google TV, if a Google Sidebar is introduced in a Tivo near to you, AdSense will make it to the offline world in magazine articles and closed captions shows.

More predictions coming soon


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