As the first Google Android phones hit the market, a new Google application finds its way to the iPhone: Google Earth.
Google Earth for the iPhone obviously packs the power of its parent application. But it also makes good us of all of the iPhone resources, the multipoint touch screen, the GPS positioning system, the motion capture, making it a very slick application. The navigation in a 3D environment is really impressive.
Make sure high bandwidth is available as Google Earth is as data savvy as it is in its desktop version.
Gmail, Google Maps, now Google Earth, the boundary between the iPhone and Android based phones gets thinner everyday. In the end, who is the winner if not Google?
Needless to mention that Google Earth is available free of charge from the AppStore.
As the first Android enabled smartphones are about to hit the streets, the buzz is heating. Apple’s iPhone 3G is a success, RIM launches new smartphones, Windows Mobile 7 will be available… in a year…
Google’s open source OS stands a chance of dominating the handset software market in part because of its wide support. Google’s brand power, and the fact that it’s not aiming to be a mobile handset maker are prime reasons for Android’s likely rise.
A recent report from J. Gold Associates predicts Android will reach 4.8 percent of business market share in the next three years. According to ABI, the current smartphone market accounts for 14 percent of of worldwide handsets.
Just a couple of days after the announcement of the reconducted partnership between Mozilla and Google and although the link is not yet active, Google has just announced its soon release of its new open source browser, Google Chrome. Among the sources, Apple’s WebKit and Mozilla’s Firefox.
Watching YouTube videos frequently? This is for you.
Google Media Server helps you watching Youtube videos and other digital media files on your TV. All you need is a UPnP enabled device and installing Google Media Server (Google desktop is required to index your local files). Windows Media Center does the same when dealing with local files but Google Media Server adds the web streaming.
In the world of radio automation, here is a product that will probably announce some changes to come. Google Radio Automation is an all-in-one radio automation system that seems to include everything needed for modern broadcasting including podcasting.
The Google Radio Automation user interface is widget based for easy customization of the workspace.
Google Radio Automation comes packed in a 19″ rack enclosure featuring ability to cope with up to 3 removable drives but can also handle Google’s RED external RAID to support up to 12 drives for a max of 7.5Tbytes storage. Considering that one minute of CD-quality audio roughly represents 10 Mbytes, that’s quite some room to store audio files.
Last but not the least, Google Radio Automation natively supports Google AdSense for Audio.
If interested, just have a look at the show roadmap planned for the coming year.
What about the relevance to the radio uses, the performance of the product, its business model and finally its adoption by the radio broadcast industry? The future of Google Radio Automation will be interesting to follow.
Everybody now heard and read about Microsoft’s decision to take 1.6 % of Facebook. A 240 M$ deal. Not so bad. But what does this mean?
The official answer is that Microsoft will be Facebook’s exclusive advertising company. Is that truly worth 240 M$?
There probably more behind this.
What will this mean for Microsoft’s Live Spaces? It would not be the first time that creativity comes from acquisitions. Look at Yahoo! recent decision to drop Yahoo! Photos for Flickr which they bought two years earlier.
More, on the operating systems topic, many people say that Microsoft’s Vista could probably be Microsoft’s last operating system and that the future will be to Web based operating systems. Could this step be seen as a way for Microsoft to acknowledge this and a move to a future answer to the Google’s Google Aps initiative?
Obviously there is far more behind this move, probably a first step for the necessary future move for Microsoft to go for more online business, but it is too early to say in an ever changing world. Many open questions but a good topic to follow up.