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Google's mobile homepage -- the coin has dropped

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Google yesterday announced the Google Personalized Home for mobile devices.

Like John Battelle, we've been frustrated with our Treo experience, and so were immediately intrigued by this latest Google Mobile feature, which promised to simplify things.

We signed up for it (you go here and follow some very simple directions), and bingo, we're hooked.

It's now our phone's home page, has our latest Gmail listed neatly there on the screen, and the other features we've selected (see image for example).

Now that we can see it and feel it, the coin has finally dropped for us on what Google is doing. It is making itself a homepage for cellphones, and it is building out its wireless telecom network to support this, striking deals with Blackberry (see the Mercury News story today about yesterday's announcement between Google and Blackberry and Apple which will expand features such as Google Talk, email and so on), and generally becoming an all-round hub for our mobile experience. And so far, it is working.

Now it will have to work on its search results, which aren't formatted that well for mobile users.

Carlo has more.

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This leaves me asking two questions:

1) Is 2006 the year of the device (vs. the PC, I mean.) Too many people have predicted the death of the PC in the past, and I'm not going to make that mistake here, but it does feel now that I'm relying on my PC for less and less, even when I have ready access to it.

2) This seems to be putting a wedge between the wireless provider and the customer. Will wireless providers strike back?

Penguin on January 13, 2006 1:17 PM
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Nice find and thanks for sharing...that Interface for handhelds looks excellent. There are design contraints online, even more with mobile devices. That looks really nice.

Mike McDermentq on January 16, 2006 9:23 AM
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Search, email...and online personals are finding homes on mobile phones. Webdate, Match and Lavalife have nice applications for the mobile phone. I'm looking forward to higher download speeds, location based services and voice recognition on cell phones.

Mark Brooks

Mark Brooks on January 21, 2006 8:28 PM
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