One of the great things about Google's Android OS is that with its open platform, hardware manufacturers can slap it on any device they darn well please. They can modify it to suit their needs and skin it to their heart's content.
But this is also one of the rotten things about Android. If pushed too far, the OS might still boast top-level functionality, but can often lose much of the stability and flexibility it had when Google let it out of the gate. If you cram Android into a device it's not meant for--a tablet computer, for example--plenty of important features, such as the ability to use third-party applications available in Android Market, will simply refuse to work.
Perhaps you've already had a taste of this "fast, fun and interactive" search experience that Google's Eric Schmidt mentioned yesterday. Now, the search giant has introduced Google Instant search. The new "search enhancement" shows search results as you type. So, if you're querying for the search term "antelope," Google will start reeling in results for every letter you type, like "an" and "ant," and so on and so forth.
It looks like some companies may be looking to horn in on Apple's "hobby."
According to a report filed by The Street, Samsung may soon be cramming their televisions chock full of Android. According to the report, Samsung is set to include the OS in their television sets to provide a web and application enabled television experience much like that being offered by other companies such as Sony and LG.
Apple and Google may rattle their sabers every so often over browsers, cell phones and operating systems, but they appear to remain cozy pals when it comes to the ad dollars Cupertino is dropping into AdWords each month.
The Wave is not over--er, the Google Wave that is. Sure, Google announced a while ago that development on Google Wave is no longer, but that was just for the standalone product. Actually, Google is thinking it will expand up to 200,000 lines of code they've already open sourced on the Wave and offer it up in "Wave in a Box." Yep.
Before our site is taken over with rumors about tomorrow's epic Apple music event, we'd like to take a step back to discuss some other important matters, like your Inbox. If you're a Gmail user, you might have noticed (or heard) that Google has introduced the Priority Inbox. This feature splits up your inbox into three sections: "important and unread," "Starred" and "Everything else." Sounds just like how we organize life, doesn't it?
Google has partnered with the indie rock band Arcade Fire to release a new HTML5-based music video website. The site is based around the song by Arcade Fire called "We Used to Wait." The mesmerizing video entitled "The Wilderness Downtown" is directed by Chris Milk and features Google Map integration.
With Netflix raking in the dough, and fan favorites Apple and Hulu both pondering pay-per-use models for streaming video content, it comes as no surprise that Google also wants a slice of that sweet, sweet pay-per-view video cake. If the folks at Fast Times have it right, the company is considering how they could implement pay-per-use services on YouTube.