There used to be a time, only a handful of influential people had access to most of the world’s information, but now almost everyone is capable of having access to any kind of information almost at will. Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google suggests that web search, automatic translation and cheap phones have been playing a collective role in such shift with information technology.
The future of Google will be influenced more or less through mobile, with its Android mobile system and the subsequent array of Google branded handsets, Schmidt indicates. However the competition will gain velocity overtime to outrageous limits, although Google will always have the initiative with its killer apps.
As more and more advanced mobile devices are introduced the cream of today’s engineering is displayed within mobile devices. Eric Schmidt says that the hardest problems and the most clever solutions of mobile devices get the best engineering attention. Further more he says that mobile devices and the apps within are capable of deriving valuable information as to who and where, which is virtually impossible from a desktop app.
Eric Schmidt says that while people are awake, they are usually online, and this new web-centric portion has a lot of implications for overall society and for Google. He also implies that although Google tries to do everything, they do not shake off the big goals.
Google as a company
One thing with Google is, they don’t always chase after revenue. To the contrary of any conventional business, Google has their own set of principals that don’t necessarily focus on profits alone. The motto of the company “Don’t be evil” has always been lived up to. Google China was a perfect example. Commenting on the China case, Eric Schmidt said they wanted to be an exemplary global citizen and they strongly believed that information was something that has to be openly accessible.
Duty of governments
Correlation of real time information and collaboration of government services are what’s needed at the moment, but the non web resident archives and data have to be made web first, says Schmidt. The developing countries are not far behind with high volumes of cheaper yet smarter phones creating bulky networks. Google thinks that governments have to be encouraged to open their data to the public. As such a recent announcement from Transport for London stating that their travel data would be made commercial, came as a welcome victory for open data campaigners.
The power of modern mobile devices are that they are capable of doing virtually everything that a desktop or a notebook could do, but in a smaller scale. More than anything, smart phones are capable of being a part in many networks including that of the carrier. Anyone with a smart phone can now access virtually any data from anywhere in the world, if needed, as a translated version as well. This is exactly how smart phones will empower the future.