People talk about Google being increasingly being a “hardware company” but they are missing the point. It’s not about fancy gadgets, not about whether the Nexus has a better screen than an iPhone and definately not about the MotoX stealing market share. It’s not even about Google knowing the next worldwide development through some fancy algorythm which crunches all our searches, emails and map data.
It’s about processing power.
No, not the CPU or GPU processing power. Intel would be all over that, guessing when the CPU will be X times more powerful and all that. No, it’s about Google knowing how much stuff Google can process. Today. The feature of the MotoX that gave them away was voice recognition.
Do you use Instant Upload or the iCloud to store pictures? It is wonderful technology, just humming away in the background. Yet after all this time using it, if you ask me “what were you doing on the 7th of October two years ago?” I can now tell you. Because my phone has by all chances uploaded a picture from that day. It might have been the kids, or a funny sign, or the fridge I promised to move for a friend for reference (to see if it will fit through the door) but chances are, I have a picture from that date that will help me remember.
I have long held that our smartphones should constantly record what we are talking about. It would be legal (as long as it only recorded your own voice) and it would be damn useful. Imagine using the speed of Google instant search to find when you said what. That conversation your girlfriend is talking about, accusing you of supporting fascism. Now you can get the transcript! That interesting chat with a professor. You have your half of the talk, you can figure out the rest. And of course…business meeting notes. All automatically, silently recorded by your MotoX.
Can’t wait for it to happen. If they haven’t patented it already, there you go, my gift to the human race for today.
The point is that only Google will know when Google can make this happen. They own the cloud, in terms of pushing the boundaries. They are now on the forefront of applied internet connections and speed issues. With YouTube they have worked the data streaming issues to the bone. Not on a theoretical level. On the level of stuff you can use today, with your current connection. They have millions of smartphone users to experiment with. They are also on the forefront of supplying massive computing power to us all from their data centers. So I can write away with all these theories and ideas but …
…only Google can decide when it will become a real product.