G-Man Speaks

5:55 PM -- Today's Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) announcement of Android, the open-source platform for the mobile Internet of the future, brings back such memories...

Our follow-up story notes Google CEO Eric Schmidt's past life as a Java evangelist. I remember seeing him give a keynote during the height of his Java phase, and it was the strangest thing.

Schmidt was speaking at a philosophical level about how networking would change all our lives. And behind him was a slide show -- not PowerPoint rectangles, but pictures from nature. Flowers. A soothing brook. A misty forest. Mountains.

It could have been performance art. Like a nicer, new-age Eric Bogosian. Except Schmidt was playing only one character, and he wasn't kidding.

Listening to Google's press conference today, and hearing Schmidt talk vaguely about how cool the wireless Internet could be -- it wasn't nearly as odd as that speech, but it had some of the same colors.

At least Schmidt admitted a few concrete things. He talked about the likely model for advertising. And when reporters kept pressing about the Google Phone, noting that Google wasn't ruling out such a thing, Schmidt said, "We don't want to foreclose any options" -- i.e., yes, Google's hedging its bets there. An obvious point, but CEOs aren't always that straightforward about the obvious.

What do you think about the G-Phone? Take our poll here.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 2:59:13 PM
re: G-Man Speaks I should take a moment to plug our poll on the Google phone/Android.


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