Google today announced that they’ll be offering a suite of applications for office workers for only $50 per user a year. These applications, basically an alternative to Microsoft Office, today cost about $150 a user not counting the IT help and hardware to run them. It’s a big deal, but also widely expected. I don’t think the launch of these products is that interesting. What’s coming next is… a Google phone operating system. While some people like Jason Calacanis think a desktop o/s is next, I’m calling a gPhone. Why? Because I think their suite of desktop applications will get solid pick-up (assuming no security concerns) and that wireless access to that email is a no-brainer. While the gmail phone app is good, it’s not ready to be a full-time work wireless email solution. So Google will launch a lightweight smartphone o/s with gmail supported as the email. Oh, and it’s possible they’ll offer subsidized monthly charges in exchange for advertising on the phone. You know, like Eric Schmidt said a few months ago. My nickel is that it’s here by end of 07.
3/1/13 – How right I was! For all the wrong reasons. Google O/S, Android, the most dominant smartphone OS in the world.