Been a lot of talk lately about the Google Phone, and how it might impact the mobile carriers and how Google has a tendancy to destroy industries. I've been posting on Gizmodo and Techcrunch about it, and thought I should probably add this to my blog.
I have a theory about Google.
The reason that Google finds ways to destroy industries is because beyond making money, I believe Google has a grand vision that they work towards.
That vision, I strongly suspect, is The Singularity.
Google seems to think not in terms of years, but in terms of decades. Their plans inevitably seem strange or nutty, but in the long term, they almost always turn out to be years ahead of the curve.
Take Google Earth. It's a neat toy, useful for looking at maps, neat how it combines maps and overlays and satellite data and Streetview, and now does stars and planets. It's a great, but not *amazingly* useful little program.
But let's flashforward five years, to when you are using your VRphone.
When Google Earth is all of a sudden a perfect virtual duplicate of the entire Earth in realtime. When the trillions of Flickr images of every single building in the world have been mined to create identical virtual buildings updated by millions of AR devices in phones, VR lenses, cars, and even street cameras.
Where you can spin the globe, click on a point, and BE THERE not only in VR, but in apparent reality for those who are there via AR apps in *their* VRphones.
So you can live in L.A. and party with your pals in Tokyo.
And that, my friend, is the PURPOSE of the current Google Earth. It's not what it IS, but what it WILL BECOME that is behind Google's madness.
So why would Google release a cheap, unlocked smartphone? To undermine carriers? To make more money? To sell mobile ads?
Yes. But those are just minor reasons to the BIG ONES
To increase the size of the mobile web, push innovation of mobile VR and AR apps, speed up the trend of merging your desktop and mobile device, and in a few years, BECOME your VRPhone.
Droid does. Google BECOMES.