Google announced that it was entering the mobile phone market by offering a software stack to work on new cellular phone devices that will be out in 2008. The new software will allow users to get Internet ads without being tethered to their computer. Analysts are already saying that the software is a threat to Microsoft, RIM, Palm and Symbian, even though the software and its features are unknown. Whatever.

I don’t think people are going to want a cell phone that pummels them with ads, no matter how nice the interface or browser on the phone. The reason why Google is doing so well thus far is that ads in search (adwords) and pages (adsense) are relatively unobtrusive. Based on the amount of screen real estate most people have, ads are a pretty small portion of the screen. However, as the screen shrinks to cell phone size, that is no longer be the case. Nobody is going to want an ad supported phone.

However, that isn’t going to stop analysts from blindly talking up Google and its prospects. Sheep.

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  1. I think it would be great, as long as google paid for all the monthly charges, oh yea and the hardware. not worth it and won’t compete unless it has a financial advantage.

    #1 by Marc — November 21, 2007 @ 10:15 am

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