Wired has a piece by Steven Levy on the team behind Google’s Chrome browser. Inside Chrome: The Secret Project to Crush IE and Remake the Web.
(Their Capital Letters, Not Mine.)
Fascinating glimpse into the development process and an easy introduction to the technologies used in Chrome.
Jack Schofield in the Guardian thinks the secrecy angle is overstated and points out that many of the features in Chrome have appeared in other browsers. Inside Chrome: the story behind Google’s browser.
“Google’s Android software — the plan to take over all the world’s mobile phones — needed a browser. Firefox has not pursued mobile, so should Google have done a deal with Opera, Apple or Microsoft? Maybe not. And if it was going to put a lightweight mobile browser into Android, it would make a lot of sense for Google to offer a browser for PC users as well.”
Google G1 mobile phone launches.
Piece by the Guardian’s Richard Wray gives the background. Open Handset Alliance vs Apple iPhone and Nokia’s newly-free Symbian.
“For many people in the developing world, the only way they are likely to get on the web, for the foreseeable future, is through a mobile device.
A quarter of a century on from the arrival of the personal computer there are roughly 1bn in use worldwide but that many mobile phones are sold every year. And growth in mobile usage is increasingly in the developing world, where fixed-line infrastructure is often patchy at best.”
Financial Times article based on preview of G1. Reports developers distinctly underwhelmed by the first showing.
“When the first of Google’s long-anticipated Android mobile phones hit the stores in a matter of weeks, they will land with a fizzle rather than a bang.
That is the overwhelming verdict of internet developers and mobile industry executives who have closely followed Google’s progress and, in some cases, worked with early versions.”
Jean-Louis Gassée at Monday Note speculates thus:
“ … imagine this: Google makes a deal with Amazon and all the Kindle content becomes available on Android phones. Or, not at first but in a future iteration, the video downloads Amazon sells become available on Android. And why not start sooner with the music (MP3) files Amazon sells.”
Tim Bray works for Sun Microsystems. He is an influential blogger, takes photographs, writes essay length pieces.
Now, you know about iPhone, a bit about Google’s Android, which is an SDK without hardware and we’ve mentioned open source contender Open Moko. You know Apple’s environment is closed source. Actually, let’s say Apple’s culture is closed source. So much so that developers for the iPhone are under Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs). Apple will control which apps can run on the iPhone absolutely, because it is intrinsic to their business model. And those apps will only be available via the store which Apple provide.
For consumers the question is simply ‘which is the coolest phone with the most apps’. Currently there is only one contender. For developers it’s more complicated. Continue reading Mobile Blues