I don’t think that the iPad is separate enough from a host PC to truly qualify for the title of ‘post-PC’ device. Android is closer but to be honest I think that the OS that will power the first true ‘post-PC’ device will be Google’s Chrome OS. While I’m personally not in love with the idea of Google hosting all my data, here we have the first OS/hardware combination developed with proper, from the ground up, ‘post-PC’ thinking.
An eventual Google purchase of Sprint is a long shot at best, but is possible. Such a deal would, of course, face regulatory scrutiny, but, for the sake of argument, let’s assume it happens. Google would then not only have a viable software platform, but also could wrest carrier control away by becoming a carrier of its own. At that point, the company could subsidize smartphones with the data and ad revenues it receives by users of its Android operating system.
Google announce today that their auto-suggest feature with universal search, which has been available on Google.com for quite some time, is now available for Android, iPhone, and webOS devices. Users can now type in a flight number, a conversion, or other supported entries, and instant results will be available in the drop-down menu (see screenshot below). To try out this feature, visit m.google.com on a supported device.
Read the full entry over at Google’s blog.
While there are some apps in the Palm App Catalog that already support Google Voice, it’s nice to see an official app from Google. Although it is only a web app, it is a start. The new web app is powered by HTML5 and looks very similar to the rest of the Google mobile sites. iPhone users can now enjoy Google Voice on their phone that Palm and Android users have had for a while.
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