In case you haven’t noticed, the world is changing faster than the speed of … well, something really fast. And that includes the world of arts and entertainment. Expect some big changes, nationally, internationally and Internetally, in 2008.
We take a sneak peek at what they may be.
Will the Google Phone take over the world?
First, there is no Google phone. Mid-summer chatter and rumors led people to believe that Google was going to jump into the mobile phone race and compete with Apple’s iPhone. They aren’t. But they may produce something much, much cooler.
There won’t be a physical Google phone, but there will be Google software, likely to officially arrive in 2008. It’s called Android, and it will serve as a platform for a number of different cell phones.
Vincent Nguyen, editor and founder of www.google-phone.com, has been following trends in the cell phone industry for the past six years and says that 2008 will be the year of the cell phone.
“This year was a good one for the cell phone, but it’s just a precursor of what we’re going to see in 2008,” explains Nguyen. “There will be a paradigm shift because Android is open source.”
Right now, each cell phone is locked into its own platform. You buy a Verizon phone, and you get the bells and whistles that come with it, and nothing more. Android will open that up, making software that can be used on multiple phones and allow people to create original, independent applications. For techies, it’s similar to the difference between Internet Explore and Firefox.
And because it’s made by Google, it means that the programs you use on the computer now (Google Maps, Gmail, etc) will be available on the phone.
Nguyen says no current phones can handle the Android software, which means “new hardware” (new phones) must to be developed. Some pictures of a prototype have surfaced and resembles a Smartphone. So, in essence, there won’t be a Google phone. There’ll be a bunch of different ones.