Google Operating System website, shared their predictions for Google’s 2011.
Since probably nobody’s interested in knowing my thoughts on the matter I’m gonna share them anyways.
Predictions for Google’s 2011
1. More free storage in Google Docs: at least 20 GB.
Maybe. Nothing particularly exciting and probably not what they need to win the race over the online office suite.
2. A new HTML5 interface for Gmail that loads faster, stores email offline and integrates with other Google apps like Google Calendar and Google Docs.
Nope. (the offline storing is likely, but I can’t see it coming for 2011, and it’s unlikely they’ll integrate Calendar and Docs more than actually are)
3. An updated Android keyboard that uses Google Scribd data to provide useful suggestions.
4. Google Earth as a WebGL web app and vector-based maps in Google Maps for desktop.
5. A database of things, where you can store important names, book titles, products, concepts and useful information about them.
(oh, and don’t forget it was not about “merchants” once upon a time)
6. Data sync for Google Chrome extensions.
Uh ? Could be (but who cares?)
7. Chrome for Android, with data sync, web apps, session restore, Cloud Print, built-in Flash and smarter address bar.
What is precisely data sync ? There are no extensions on stock Android’s browser, unless they invent them (though a bookmark sync of some kind is likely) What is “web apps” ? Session restore, srsly ? Android browser never closed, and you’re not expected to switch off the phone very often. Built in Flash: unlikely, and I hope not. Smarter address bar is possible, but in their shoes I’ll try to make smarter desktop Chrome’s Omnibar (the only thing that makes me really miss ol’ good Firefox).
8. Google’s search engine will answer complex questions using inferences.
We will ask it good prediction for 2012, then
9. Google Personal Alerts will notify on your mobile phone if there’s something interesting around (one of your friends, a store that offers a discount for one your favorite products, a museum you wanted to visit, a shop recommended by one of your friends).
Nope, they would be eaten alive by the users. They just can’t do that kind of things without forcing in the throat of everybody else.
10. Google will learn to embrace Facebook and will start using Facebook Connect.
If it happens I would call it a defeat, not an embrace.
(if ever, won’t happen in 2011)
11. Google Online Store: the place where you can download Chrome/Android apps and games, e-books, buy magazine subscriptions, music and movies.
Likely. They promised it and probably deliver it as soon as they can.
12. Android’s growth will slow down, but it will be the most popular mobile operating system because many companies will use it to create smart media players, digital cameras, TVs, game consoles and even home appliances.
I foresee the same. And also predict that part of 2011 will be rainy.
13. Picasa Web Albums will become a Google Docs app and Picnik will switch to HTML5.
Picasa: nope. Picnik.. uh, I didn’t know about it, very nice.
14. Google will acquire Disqus to make it easier to manage your comments and to improve Blogger’s commenting system.
That would be a great move, but just as a mean of retaining users. They don’t need to acquire Disquis to improve Blogger. In fact Blogger’s commenting system is that bad because they did like to have it that bad. (in other words they have no taste)
15. Google Profiles will no longer be optional: when you create a Google/Gmail account, you’ll also create a profile.
Possible, likely and typical of them. It would be very stupid of them, but they’re not very good at social and community things, so it’s definitely possible.
16. Voice search and visual search for desktop.
17. Google will buy LastPass and offer an online password manager.
18. Google Wave will be resurrected, but it will have a simplified interface.
Yes. And they’ll rename it Google Buzz. And then they’ll force it in the throat of people.
19. An online music player that will let you listen music from the Google Store or Google Docs, podcasts from Google Reader, online radios and more.
Not before they have a store.
20. Google Fast Flip for web search powered by Google Instant Previews.
No, if not in the form of a Lab-thing. Would be pretty cool, I admit. Expecially for mobile.
All in all I predict them to keep being a large company, keep being rich, keep being sued by EU on stupid things (oh, and btw italian media authority just sentenced that video streaming sites like Youtube are more or less equivalent to real TV channels — so expect even more laughs and fun ahead).
What about you ?
(edit: and yes ! I predict Chrome OS to fall flat on this face. They’ll have to abandon it of turn it upside-down to make it feel right)