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Google will increase its presence in the mobile sector as it believes that is where the money will be

The rising popularity of smartphones could lead advertisers to shift away from PCs in favor of targeting mobile users, with Google and other companies ready to cash in.  

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and additional competing search engines have attempted to utilize the mobile Web, but very little money is made since advertisers haven't jumped into the mobile market quite yet.

"Google has bet big on mobile," said Vic Gundotra, Google Engineering VP, as he predicts search ads on mobile phones will eventually overtake PC ads.  The company said it has seen a significant increase in search traffic on phones as wireless service providers continue to market data plans to subscribers.

The Mountain View-based company will not only port over smaller versions of its popular desktop software, it will also begin development on mobile-based products only.  One such innovative app is "Goggles”, a new feature that will hopefully allow Android phone owners to take a picture and automatically complete a product search based on the picture.

Google has heavily promoted its open source Android mobile software, which has received praise but still has very little marketshare compared to Symbian, RIM, Apple, and other rivals. 

As Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint-Nextel, and T-Mobile continue to convince subscribers to sign up for data plans, there will be an even larger emphasis on mobile technology.  The number of third-party apps for each platform has significantly increased, with the trend expected to continue in 2010 and 2011.

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By Gul Westfale on 3/16/2010 8:06:36 AM , Rating: 2
is there no way to escape from advertising? not even our phones are safe?

RE: sigh
By piroroadkill on 3/16/2010 8:48:38 AM , Rating: 3
root phone, block servers at a dns level

RE: sigh
By Gul Westfale on 3/16/10, Rating: -1
RE: sigh
By StevoLincolnite on 3/16/2010 10:12:15 AM , Rating: 2
is there no way to escape from advertising? not even our phones are safe?

Afraid not... Advertising exists everywhere, on the side of a bus, Television, Radio, newspapers and magazines, even "Advertisers" coming to your front door to sell things.

I wish I could get Adblock Plus for the lot of it... including the bus, it's to much, to frequent.

Closed-platform mobile devices will kill the Web.
By reader1 on 3/16/10, Rating: -1
By StevoLincolnite on 3/16/2010 10:16:59 AM , Rating: 2
Mobile devices are going to quickly become the most popular means of obtaining digital content. The fact that WPS7, iPhone, iPad, and Courier are all closed platforms is very significant. Closed platforms allow content providers to easily charge for their products, while on the Web, it's virtually impossible.

Yes, and charge for everything they will, and at pretty steep prices probably.

In the future, when you go to a site using a mobile device's Web browser, you won't get any free content, you'll get an ad about the data you can buy from the device's stores. For example, you'll get an ad for the NYTimes app. Gradually, mobile Web browsers will be phased out altogether, killing the Web in the process.

So you can see the future? Are you really -that- full of it?
No seriously, please answer that one, I wouldn't mind a lend of your crystal ball for the lottery.

Web browsing will -not- be going anywhere, ever.

The Web is really nothing more than a very popular file sharing application. It was doomed from day one.

Since when? It's not just a place full of files, it's also a massive source of information, information you won't be able to get just from a simple application, No sir' you are very wrong.

RE: Closed-platform mobile devices will kill the Web.
By reader1 on 3/16/10, Rating: -1
By StevoLincolnite on 3/16/2010 11:34:47 AM , Rating: 2
Feel free to name one thing you can get on the Web that you couldn't get through a digital store.

Hows about... Microsoft Windows, MacOS or the dozens of 'Nix variations?

People will choose stores over the Web because they're easier, safer, kid-friendly, more profitable/piracy-free, and have better content. The only "advantage" the Web has, is that everything is free.

Interesting, so a company getting more money out of you is a plus to a consumer looking into an app store when you could have gotten it for free or using an open-source alternative? Go figure.

The only "advantage" the Web has, is that everything is free.

And that's a -massive- advantage, bigger than you can imagine, my money is better off in my pocket than some billion dollar company.

By the way, not everything is free.

Consumers have made it clear that they want closed platforms. That's why Microsoft is now a big supporter of them. If Google doesn't follow suit, they'll get killed by Apple, Microsoft, and the content providers.

I'm a consumer, and -I- have made it clear I don't want a closed platform.

Microsoft was made dominant because it was so open and also created universal standards.

Also, you are obviously intelligent, so why do you try and troll like you do?
You don't persuade anyone, you only end up making yourself look like a douche'.

By Murloc on 3/16/2010 12:55:46 PM , Rating: 2
[quote]Feel free to name one thing you can get on the Web that you couldn't get through a digital store.[/quote]
your stupid comments.
Discussion with other people.

By MojoMan on 3/16/2010 10:37:26 AM , Rating: 1
At first I was thinking "Who in the world would say something like this? This person doesn't seem to understand the web or human nature very well. Let's educate this poor soul." Then... I realized there was no hope, for the poster is none other than reader1! Gasp! Egad!

Run for your lives! Run away! Run away! There is no hope here! Save yourselves!

Lol... :-)

By MojoMan on 3/16/2010 10:42:20 AM , Rating: 2
Lol... I think I found reader1's real name! Looks like he may work for Newsweek, and he's stuck in the 90's! I'm joking of course, but check out this hilarious article. Certainly sounds like him.

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