I grew up watching advertising on television. Part of life. Direct mail pisses me off due to all the wasted paper and atmospheric warming. Dinnertime telemarketing annoys me but it’s hard to be mean to humans. Spam in the email box irritates. Telemarketing to my mobile though, oh that one drives me insane.
Google is about to launch a mobile phone handset business, using a Taiwanese manufacturer (“Do no evil” apparently doesn’t extend to domestic job creation) and the exciting, free Android operating system. The phone will not be free and sold “unlocked” — meaning buyers can choose their own compatible (GSM) carriers. With most cell phones subsidized by carriers in the U.S. it will be hard for Google to make money on the hardware so what’s their play? The answer is search ads.
If you think search is big from your chair at work or your couch at home, wait until you see the power of search for those on the go. People en route are way more likely to want to search for something than people in a chair – and Google knows this, hence the mobile computing effort. Google’s OS is a critical component to mobile search and by owning the phone they keep control. But toes will be stepped on. What sets my hair on fire is the thought that all mobile searches in couple of years will be wrapped in a big fat advertising wrapper. I smell an opportunity. Peace!