Google envisions bigger and brighter things for the future of its Android platform. We recently saw how 850,000 Android devices are being activated every day, but that’s not stopping Google from believing it can get everyone on the planet having an Android device.
Google is today announcing mobile support for its Google Wallet checkout service, which expanded to include micropayments for web content earlier this month. At that time, Google said it would allow online shoppers to purchase premium digital content, ideally priced under $1.00, which also included a 30-minute money-back refund.
Google Now may be one of Google’s most underrated new products of 2012, but I think it will turn out to be Google’s killer mobile product in the long run. It’s the one tool that brings together virtually everything Google knows about you and where you are and then turn all of this information into a useful dashboard on your phone.
When thinking about the future of technology, its hard to imagine a future where most things arent connected to the Internet. Not because its fashionable, or because many of the largest technology companies are spending big money promoting the concept. Call it a fundamental law of things; if it can be connected to the Internet, it will be connected to the Internet.
T-Mobile has been shaking things up a bit with their Un-carrier campaign, but they apparently want to get involved in your personal finance as well. They just announced “Mobile Money” which transforms smartphones into personal money managers and frees consumers from paying “excessive fees” to use your own money.
Visa believes that by 2020 more than half of all payments made in Europe will be done through mobile devices, so it is continuing to put more investment into how it will remain a central part of those transactions.
On this weeks special Fourth of July edition of the Mobile Roar podcast we continue to examine the impact of last weeks big Google I/O announcements, particularly what soon-to-be-released Android Wear devices mean for the future of the platform. We also talk Googles Songza acquisition, the T-Mobile cramming scandal, and fireworks safety.
It’s no surprise that Google has taken the preliminary steps to get to know you a little better, but now it is taking things to another level by potentially answering a question before you ask. That’s right folks— Google is potentially working on something that pre-guesses what users are likely to be looking for and pings an update before users will ask the question.