In a move likely to be hailed as the final blow for the walled gardens
favored till now by the wireless operators, Google is said to be leveraging
Linux and Java to open up the wireless handset market in the same way that it
just launched OpenSocial to break open social networking and get beyond the
walled garden approach of, for example, Facebook.
According to USA Today this morning, Google today "plans to announce the
formation of an 'open phone' coalition, with the goal of developing an
operating system for the so-called Google Phone."
In the key quote from the article, Morgan Gillis of the LiMo Foundation,
says: "If you're a developer, you'll be able to develop (applications) for
the new Google Phone very quickly."AT&T and Verizon Wireless are "noticeably
absent" from the coalition, claims USA Today, adding that it's because they
do not wish to support a device t... (more)
A broad alliance of leading technology and wireless companies today joined
forces to announce the development of Android, calling it "the first truly
open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices." Google, T-Mobile, HTC,
Qualcomm, Motorola and others have collaborated on the development of Android
through the Open Handset Alliance, a multinational alliance of technology and
mobile industry leaders.
This alliance shares a common goal of fostering innovation on mobile devices
and giving consumers a far better user experience than much of what is
available on today's mobile pla... (more)
Although Larry Page and Sergey Brin registered the google.com domain in 1997,
Google wasn't officially launched till one year later, making Google 9 years
old this year. Google's birthday has alweays been celebrated on September
27th with a doodle displayed on the homepage, and today is no exception.
"Google opened its doors in September 1998. The exact date when we celebrate
our birthday has moved around over the years, depending on when people feel
like having cake," says Google's help center.
You can read more about it directly from Google.
Google, whose shares hit a record of $641.41 a week ago, reported that sales
in its third quarter had surged by 57% compared with the period a year ago,
and net income by 46%. "We are very pleased with the impressive growth we
experienced across our business," said CEO Eric Schmidt, who also told
analysts, drily: “It is obvious to us that our model continues to work
"Our core search advertising business experienced continued momentum driven
by growth in monetization and traffic, and we are creating a wider and deeper
ads system through our focus on innovat... (more)
Less than 24 hours after the launch of OpenSocial, not only was it running
live in Plaxo, but there were already several first-class gadgets from top
developers like RockYou and Slide. "This is just the beginning - there's so
much more to do to truly open up the social web," wrote Plaxo's Joseph Smarr,
in his personal blog on web development, tech, and life.
"OpenSocial is a huge milestone," Smarr - who is Plaxo's Chief Platform
Architect - continued, "not only because so many large players are now
supporting the open social web, but also because the launch was so large and