Google Sees Google In Every Cloud (and Cell Phone)

Vic Gundotra, vice president of engineering at Google told Forbes that Google’s strategic thinking is dominated by the confluence of ever-increasing computing power (as seen in what an Android device can do), mobile connectivity (which provides real-time data, as well as access to the network) and cloud computing. “If you put all three of those into designing software, it changes things,” he said.

He demonstrated with a new application, called Maps for Mobile, which is capable of a number of things unavailable on standard GPS systems, including real-time traffic information, access to photographs of landmarks (like highway ramps or a destination), and a strong voice-activated search function. In a demonstration at the Googleplex, the system correctly responded to the voice request “navigate to the museum in San Francisco with the King Tut exhibition” with both directions, drive time and a green indicator that the traffic was light. Had the traffic been heavy, the color would have turned to yellow, then red, and the projected drive time would have increased.If you have significant offerings in them, you can also hold a strong competitive advantage, Forbes noted. “The voice recognition system of the app, and the computing that can turn the mention of a current museum exhibition into a precise address, are both proprietary to Google. So are the app’s street view images and the stored knowledge of various locations, including personal favorites, that the app can zoom in on.”

“The general narrative over the next year,” Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said, “is that “mobile platforms are powerful things that will connect with the cloud. Don’t limit your imagination to this set of problems.”

Surely Google won’t.

The Future of the World According to Google

ReadWriteWeb reported on how Google CEO Eric Schmidt envisions the Internet five years from now. He spoke in front of thousands of CIOs and IT Directors at last week’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Orlando 2009. He sees the Internet dominated by Chinese-language and social media content, delivered over super-fast bandwidth in real time.

Highlighted comments include:

  • Five years from now the internet will be dominated by Chinese-language content.
  • Today’s teenagers are the model of how the web will work in five years – they jump from app to app to app seamlessly.
  • Five years is a factor of ten in Moore’s Law, meaning that computers will be capable of far more by that time than they are today.
  • Within five years there will be broadband well above 100MB in performance – and distribution distinctions between TV, radio and the web will go away.
  • “We’re starting to make signifigant money off of Youtube”, content will move towards more video.
  • “Real time information is just as valuable as all the other information, we want it included in our search results.”
  • There are many companies beyond Twitter and Facebook doing real time.
  • “We can index real-time info now – but how do we rank it?”
  • It’s because of this fundamental shift towards user-generated information that people will listen more to other people than to traditional sources. Learning how to rank that “is the great challenge of the age.” Schmidt believes Google can solve that problem.
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