Amidst all the hype about Tuesday’s expected launch of the first Google Phone, there is one overriding question that has gone unanswered: what is the One Big Idea behind this device that is so compelling that Google thinks it’s worth risking its relationship with other handset makers over?
Just sticking a Google brand on an HTC handset doesn’t add up to much, particularly since some Android phones already carry co-branding.
Maybe Google thinks it needs more control over the overall experience and has had a bigger hand in the hardware and software design. But it has also worked closely with Motorola and others on previous Android handsets, so how new would this be? According to this unauthorised review on Engadget, it’s nice, but only really a sleeker version of the Droid.
Seesmic’s plans for platform and social networking domination have been extended with the popular Twitter client announcing today the acquisition of Ping.fm.
Seesmic switched from being a video social software app and took on Tweetdeck in 2009 - making its Twitter service available on Android, Blackberry, Windows, OSX and within a web browser.
The change in business plan was made possible by the acquisition of Twhirl. By adding Ping, users “can now update 50 social networks using Seesmic+Ping.fm from email, chat, sms, Blackberry, Android, web, Windows, OSX and much more soon,” according to Loic Le Meur, Seesmic’s founder.
Internet content will be arriving on televisions in a multitude of ways at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with the Popbox getting out ahead of the field as a smarter than average set-top box.
Announced today by Syabas, maker of thePopcorn Hour streaming device for enthusiasts, the Popbox has more mainstream appeal in its looks and features and introduces the concept of internet apps for the TV.