Monday was insane. Forget about the stuff Google announced for a second; America’s largest city, New York, got hit by a massive storm that caused some serious flooding. My heart goes out to those who suffered and I wish a sincere thank you to the first responders who risked their lives to make sure everyone was warm, fed, and safe.
But back to the mobile phone industry, there were three things I was expecting Google to unveil that they didn’t. One, I wanted to see the Nexus 3. In case you haven’t heard, there’s a rumor floating around the internets that a budget Nexus exists. Considering that the LG Nexus 4 costs $299, I was hoping that Google would do something crazy like announce a $149 smartphone running stock Android. Yes, it would have some compromises, but let’s be serious: Today’s “budget” smartphones were considered flagship devices barely two years ago.
The second thing I wanted Google to announce: Chrome Turbo. Back in 2005/2006, Opera launched a browser for dumbphones called Opera Mini. You typed it a URL, Opera rendered the webpage on their servers, compressed it by 90%, and then finally sent the results to your phone. Back in those days, phones were slow, screens were small, and 3G wasn’t ubiquitous. Opera Mini was a life saver. Fast forward to Monday, Microsoft announced “Data Sense”, which is basically Opera Mini, but built into Windows Phone 8. Why can’t Google, with their massive server farms, offer me a compression service?
And finally, where are the Nexus 10 accessories? That tablet is screaming for an official case. Better yet, imagine an official Samsung keyboard? The Nexus 10 would be a perfect laptop replacement if Samsung just launched the right peripherals. Maybe they will later in November? I don’t know, it just feels like a missed opportunity to me.
What did you guys want to see on Monday, but didn’t?