We’ve talked several times about why Google apps like Maps, Sky or Translate are a reason by themselves to buy an Android device. However, Googleverse is wide enough to fit in apps that could be considered at least eccentric just a few years ago. Let’s not only take a look at those high-end apps, but also let our imagination run wild by the way.
- Google Goggles represents what Google wants to become in an early future. Image recognition technology looks like the first step in a long road walk. Who knows, why not dream about a day when our devices will smell something and tell us what it is. The slogan would be a sort of ”Thanks to Google Noose my Android smells what my neighbor is cooking, looks for the recipe and a how-to-do video”.
– Google Chrome to Phone syncs your computer Chrome browser with your Android, as it wasn’t already enough. Export navigation history, Youtube links and bookmarks to your phone. There might be a day when our phones can predict what we’re going to do when we arrive home and our PCs will be switched on, ready and eager to continue what we started from our Android. All this without mentioning Chrome TV… possibilities are almost unfathomable.
- Gesture search, as Mr. Lund said, is not indispensable, but we’d like to speculate with an ‘advanced gesture search’ that allow looking for stuff in your device through icons instead of just letters and numbers, and even making actions. E.g finger drawing a moon to set an alarm, a sad smiley to call your psychologist (or your ex, or mum…), a secret symbol to share your location with city police in case you were in danger…it’s as easy as bringing the actual unlock patterns just a little bit forward.
– Listen. Has really Google a radio and podcast app? Why haven’t we noticed? Listen is one of those apps that well up from Google Labs from time to time. Listen works with Google Reader and it isn’t hard to believe that both will be integrated in G+ soon.
Next time we could talk about Google Body. Or about those apps Google develops for blind people. Or…