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So, Google is buying Motorola Mobility

And here’s where I make my predictions as to what that will mean down the road:

  1. Google+Moto just became a direct head-to-head competitor with Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericcson and every other Android-based phone manufacturer out there. Those “partners” will be out in the cold very soon as they cannot compete with Moto and the inside track it will have on future Android innovative facsimile features.
  2. Samsung is alone in the deepest, darkest hurt locker. They’ve severely damaged their working relationship with Apple, are seeing injunctions and lawsuits at every turn around the world, and their best buddy Google just moved into their house, kicked the dog, and raided the fridge.
  3. Google has joined the ranks of the full ecosystem manufacturers, led by Apple and poorly mimicked by RIM (and QNX), HP (and WebOS), Nokia (with Microsoft). It’s the only way to fly, but your execution has to be pitch perfect, something which Google and Moto are both notorious about failing.
  4. The Open Handset Alliance will dissolve or change radically in some way. Android’s positioning as “open” will continue to degrade further down the road of inanity. 
  5. Moto’s patent portfolio will not have a substantial bearing on most of the ongoing litigation today… certainly not with Apple’s countersuit against Moto and likely not much elsewhere.

The real cost of using Android seems to be on a upward parabolic curve. With news today that most Android vendors have lost their Linux distribution rights, Android is hardly “free” for anyone. We already know that Microsoft makes more money off the royalties it collects from Android manufacturers than it does from Windows Phone 7 (admittedly, not a hard thing to do). 

All in all, this might just be the smartest thing Google could’ve done after the weird number bidding debacle they committed when trying to purchase Nortel’s patent portfolio earlier this year. It secures for them the ability to build the complete Android handset and tablet infrastructure end-to-end without the need to partner and accommodate competing outside influences. But it’s gonna piss off a whole lot of folks along the way.

As always, do no evil (unless it gets you what you want).


 
Your mama is a llama.

Your mama is a llama.

 

Speed testing Google’s latest Chrome 5 beta browser at 2,700 frames per second.

 
 
Google Maps is amazing! Google Maps is teh stoopid!
Amazing: this is a screenshot from my iPod touch using the builtin Google Maps app for directions. I’d already loaded the various steps at home whilst still connected to my network (i.e. cached the map imagery).
See the blue dot? That’s my current location far from home. How’s it doing that? Well, I’m gonna guess here…
The iPod is picking up on the personal wifi networks of the various houses in the neighborhood. My iPod is configured to “ask before connecting” so I’m certain it’s not actually getting on any of those networks and talking to Google servers in the cloud. No, what must be happening is this: the Maps app has cached a visual map, house numbers, street names, latitude, longitude, etc. No biggie. But it is also caching the locations of various known wifi hotspots in the area, too.
So… when my iPod “sees” the Jones’ wifi network at 123 Island Bay Dr., the Google Maps app is aware of this event and updates my location. Again, without contacting Google services or actually connecting to the Jones’ network. That’s seriously amazing, people.
Teh Stoopid: See the red dot? That’s my supposed destination. Except it’s wrong. That vertical line is an alleyway between houses on Greentree Dr. and Westlake Dr. It’s not actually a street.

Google Maps is amazing! Google Maps is teh stoopid!

Amazing: this is a screenshot from my iPod touch using the builtin Google Maps app for directions. I’d already loaded the various steps at home whilst still connected to my network (i.e. cached the map imagery).

See the blue dot? That’s my current location far from home. How’s it doing that? Well, I’m gonna guess here…

The iPod is picking up on the personal wifi networks of the various houses in the neighborhood. My iPod is configured to “ask before connecting” so I’m certain it’s not actually getting on any of those networks and talking to Google servers in the cloud. No, what must be happening is this: the Maps app has cached a visual map, house numbers, street names, latitude, longitude, etc. No biggie. But it is also caching the locations of various known wifi hotspots in the area, too.

So… when my iPod “sees” the Jones’ wifi network at 123 Island Bay Dr., the Google Maps app is aware of this event and updates my location. Again, without contacting Google services or actually connecting to the Jones’ network. That’s seriously amazing, people.

Teh Stoopid: See the red dot? That’s my supposed destination. Except it’s wrong. That vertical line is an alleyway between houses on Greentree Dr. and Westlake Dr. It’s not actually a street.


 
 

Want an invite to Google Wave?

There’s nothing for me to do with it, except invite people to join me in doing nothing. Who’s in?

 
Alright!
Ummmmm…
Okay.
Now what do I do?

Alright!

Ummmmm…

Okay.

Now what do I do?

 
One of these things is not like the others,One of these things just doesn’t belong,Can you tell which thing is not like the othersBy the time I finish my song?

One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?

 
"Who stole my…"

Thanks, Google. I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep again anytime soon.

"Who stole my…"

Thanks, Google. I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep again anytime soon.

 
"Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla! Love, Google.”

"Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla! Love, Google.”

 
 

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