As Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt makes his own predictions for 2014, I’m turning the subject over to you…the 9to5Google reader. There’s absolutely no shortage of topics to cover or “what ifs” for Google in 2014. Given the various branch directions that Android, Chrome OS and the company itself can go, it’s a loaded question. With recent reports indicating Chrome OS is on the rise, could we see Microsoft running scared in 2014 against the impending threat of low-cost hardware with an operating system that costs manufacturers absolutely nothing?
As a Google site, we cover a wide scope of Google related subjects including those mentioned above but also more narrow scopes like Google Maps, Gmail, Glass and so many others. We know that a second-generation Glass is on the way, but what do we want to see from it? What do we hope it will be? Is it possible we’ll see a dramatic decrease in that $1500 price tag as the second-generation unit comes to market? Perhaps I’m dreaming, but I’d love to think with the introduction of new hardware we might see a price drop as Google no longer looks to limit Glass to a subset of “high-end” users with $1500 to burn.
There’s so much we can cover and ask about Google in 2014 and where they can go, what they can do and how they can help make it happen. Personally, I’d love to see a redesign of Gmail, I know I know it’s probably low on the list of priorities but all that white space kills me. Considering I live in Google Apps and Gmail all day long, I’d love to see a look more like Outlook.com. *ducks* As for another 2014 wish, I’d love to see Google Now become everything I need to run my smartphone. Better said, in a more general sense I’d love to see everything that is great about Siri become a part of Google Now. In my eyes, Siri is more personal and communicative in a human way whereas Google Now is more informational and they are both great. However, I wouldn’t object to having Siri’s human touch become a part of Google Now. Apple pushes Siri as a personal assistant and I’d love to see Google do the same with Google Now and I hope/wish we see something like that occur in the next 365 days.
So, as 2013 comes to close and as we’ve heard from Google’s Chairman about his own predictions, the table/floor/soapbox is yours, what do you want to see from Google in 2014?