Some recent moves by Google seem to indicate they may be afraid of Windows/Windows Phone, for some strange reason. Or are they just innocent?
Google is rumored to be launching a direct-to-consumer store for “Nexus” tablets. Is it doomed, given how Nexus phone experiment failed? Not so much.
Windows Live now allows you to connect to Google to keep contacts in sync. Is this is prepration for native support of Google services in WP7/W8?
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has been released. A Windows Phone user’s take on ICS.
A list of popular Google products and alternatives to each one. Also, a list of Google products which do not have a good replacement today.
The iPad has been the king of tablets. Windows 8 and Amazon tablets, rather than Android, RIM Playbook and HP TouchPad tablets are viable competitors
I like the nice touch provided by bing with the Breaking News. Meanwhile Google is nowhere.
For common tasks like looking up movies and weather, Bing is totally better than Google. One of the reasons I have made it my default search engines on all my browsers. The start page is also fantastic, so Bing.com is also my homepage on some (non-work) browsers.
And I did not put the “verticals” here like Bing Shopping, Bing Entertainment, Bing Social, Bing Finance!
Update: I completely forgot to mention Bing Maps! I used them recently on a trip to Santa Barbara both on the iPad and on my iPhone. The directions have a neat feature that said “if you have passed so-and-so street you have gone too far” or something to that effect. Nice touch!
Update 2: Cannot believe how much else there is! I forgot Visual Search! I added a new image below showing what else is there in Bing which makes “searching” so much cooler for non-geeks (although, geeks are not left behind, clearly!)
I have said this many times, but Google does need to clean up (literally) its interface. Not only are there inconsistencies among apps for doing the same things, but look at how the “Google apps” logo sticks out in my gmail theme. Sucks.
BTW, the logo? It also stinks.