X and Plus, Divide and Conquer
tl;dr:- Google is determined to turn into a search- (and therefore information-) dominating, genetically-modified Apple, with all sorts of software and hardware springing up in their ecosphere. One telltale sign is new attention to design.
Google is removing barriers and it’s deceptively simple, like the Moto X itself. Ask any top coach: it’s the small changes that make the biggest differences. Glass is a 45 gram (or is it 48?) Cray X-MP supercomputer for your eye. Cray indeed. Now there's a phone that’s like an admin and a photographic assistant. Never mind total automation, Google wants total integration. Google has a singularity complex.
(If you're not a whiner, skip down to The Interesting Part
I see I need to write this early, between ad breaks as I watch Kalifornia
. If I had a Chromecast... (The wish list is growing: Chromecast, Moto X, Glass. An ever-widening circle to rule them all.) +Jason Salas
’ post made me do it: http://goo.gl/H67MI1
– interesting comment thread too.
It seems as though there has been widespread whining about Moto X. I’m going to sound like I’m drinking a Pan-Galactic Googleblaster, but I really don’t see the problem. I think the disappointment comes in having wanted a serious iPhone contender, which shows you what a tremendous challenge that is to create – for anyone. In terms of a US-only release, it was trumpeted as the first smartphone designed, engineered and assembled in the USA
Certainly, Silicon Valley can be provincial (can’t we all?) but, like Hollywood, it’s safe in the knowledge that the rest of the world will follow and we know it. Admit it and exercise patience. It’s good for you. It makes no sense to me to act like a spoilt brat, when there’s no context in which to be spoilt or a brat. These companies are not mom and dad and they never promised you anything. They teased? They were excited!
They don’t want to fail, so reserve judgement.
They’re allowed to launch in stages. Carriers I won't address, because I don't know enough about the situation. Suffice it to say, you can be sure it was not arbitrarily decided. In the past, Apple has been known to do the same thing (US release only) and there are observable nods to Apple that make me smile a satisfied smile – not that what Apple does, goes. These guys are allowed to do what they like with their products. They know consumers will vote with their wallets if they don’t keep responding to the market.
Who am I kidding, though? The robo wizards are probably nodding and saying Whine away. We are going to eat your souls more effectively than any ginger.
The Interesting Part
Google is determined to turn into a search- (and therefore information-) dominating, genetically-modified Apple. Google Plus is a far more respectful and responsive Facebook – and, I think, much better looking. There is more and more software and hardware springing up in the Google ecosphere. It’s a little disconcerting how they’re turning my head from my beautiful, trusty devices and OS.
Isn’t the software holy grail total automation
? This concept is extrapolated on by that bundle of charms, +Mark Shuttleworth
). Glass is a quantum leap towards total automation and so is Moto X. How is it that little old me gets it? Tomorrow all the tech blogs will be awash with wait and see
Right now, there’s a phone that’s like an admin. No doubt the robo wizards will be able to summon their
K.I.T.T.s Teslas to their doors
, if they can’t already do so. I love what +Tshaka Armstrong
said: Keep calm and talk to your phones.
Here’s why +Bradley Horowitz thinks Moto X matters
If you haven’t seen the Singularity 1 on 1 interview with Glass genius +Thad Starner
, let it run in the background (it's long!). It’s a great window on the talent Google attracts and the innovation it fosters
. What Starner says about Glass must have been a guiding principle for Moto X as well: It offers the sweeter things: connection with other people, through telephony, through SMS, through email... It offers a memory through these pictures, or short little videos
[I related to his refusal to interrupt his life in order to document it via photography. But tap your glasses – or shake your device? That’s doable.] ... reminders of your next calendar appointment, places to eat...
Then there is hanging out via video call. Next up, holographic messages from your friend(s). The person(s) you're speaking to will be projected in 3D. Moto 3D
here we come.
More Interesting Stuff
When G+ started it’s field trial and I came tumbling after on 10 July, uncharacteristically early adoptive, I wanted somewhere to park my life. Instinctively, I knew you could do that here: photos, friends, the lot. I have not come close to doing it justice. (It’s still work, even though Google’s working hard to make it less and less work.)
For a while, I parked my life offline. But for many, it's not a viable choice, though I think it calls to a lot of people as user fatigue sets in. There is a great article doing the rounds about 'fattening apps,’ of which this is a summary: http://goo.gl/LsLMYR
In the meantime, so many features have rolled out, it’s almost impossible to use them all. It really is okay to pick and choose. Intuitive, useful, simple – that always wins
. Apple will always be the pioneer and perfecter of that, what dreams may come. It was beyond genius or innovation. It was integration. (I don't know how to feel about this. I'm registering that I'm talking about Apple in the past tense, even as I go out and get a new iPhone today. Case in point: why would I interrupt my aesthetically-pleasing, more-than-satisfactory, seamless integration?)
The inundation of Google apps and devices makes me think of Tony Stark rapidly becoming Iron Man, as one of his voice-activated suits attaches to him. It’s very easy to, head in the cloud, park your life with Google (which is, in one sense, already happening). Shall we call it life-parking
while cloudbusting?Never mind total automation. Google wants total integration.
It’s single-minded, with myriad expressions through devices and apps. Are they bypassing an OS? Won't it at some point be necessary? Who wants to bet that's coming in the next year? Google has a singularity complex.
There's a trojan
buffalo in our midst.
Speaks to smart watch: Buffalo, tell my fridge to [tell it's built-in blender to] make me a banana smoothie, Tom's recipe. Call Mom on my cell and stream BBC World Service on my tablet. Bring my car round in 30 minutes. Start a cool shower and warm the towels. Glass, take picture now.
Shakes phone anyway.