On Thursday, Google announced a new Mobile page, to allow cell phone users to access Gmail, news, RSS feeds and other information.
Google's certainly been interested in mobile markets lately. The announcement followed a deal with Research In Motion to add Google services to the BlackBerry, and a deal with Motorola to add a Google search button to certain phones.
Bloggers were excited by the new service, noting that it's aim seems clear--to make the company as dominant in mobile venues as it is on the desktop. The only criticism--why didn't Google come out with all this news at the Consumer Electronics Show?
Blog community response:
"Instead of promoting new software in a hot area (mobile devices) and Mac stuff, which always gets good press, they announce an understocked video store and a lame software bundle. What were they thinking?!"
"Google's plan is pretty clear (and so is Yahoo's for that matter) Â— push mobile operators aside and become the face of the mobile Internet."
"Now here's something I just might start using right away, because, honestly, I hate my Treo, it promises so much, and delivers so little. Why? Because I am a mobile moron - it's too much work to make it work right. Might Google help me with this? We'll find out."
--John Battelle's Searchblog