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AT&T: Google widgets, customer experience

updated 03:05 pm EDT, Mon May 28, 2007

Google iPhone widgets?

With the release of the iPhone expected next month, a new interview reveals that "customer experience" helped bridge the gap between Apple and AT&T on many iPhone-related issues and Google applications may be available for the iPhone. Digging for more color on the (high) price compared with other devices/phones, the interview reveals that Google may be releasing its software as "widgets" for the phone and that the (high) price could be justified because it may replace three devices--your iPod, cell phone, and Blackberry/Treo.

"I think when people get their hands on it and really experience it -- the touch screen is phenomenal, this touch screen is like nothing you've ever used -- to experience that, the skepticism, I think, around some of those things will go away.... There are other things -- you have the widgets, some of the Google applications that are coming -- there are just so many things here that the price will not be an issue."

The exec, who refused to touch upon any plans by the nation's largest wireless carrier to subsidize the iPhone, touted the wide-screen iPod functions and the phone's ease of use.

"It's the first widescreen iPod they've ever done; it is very, very good, works extremely well," he said. "I think the other thing people haven't really thought through is that Apple's so good at simplifying things. That's just what they're known for; they've really simplified the phone. The standard phone applications are really intuitive, whether it's receiving a phone call, putting that person on hold, adding another party and bringing a conference call together."




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  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Stupid comment

    that the (high) price could be justified because it may replace three devices--your iPod, cell phone, and Blackberry/Treo.

    Um, did this guy not notice that your blackberry/treo already replaces your cell phone? So, technically, it replaces two devices. Now, if he mentioned "PDA" or "Palm", then, sure, that might be three.

    And doesn't the Treo play music? If so, it then just replaces the treo.

    And how does Google get to release 'widgets' for the phone, but not other developers? Oh, right, because Apple has to make sure that each and every little app doesn't crash the entire west-coast celluar network. Amazing how they seem concerned that a bad app for the iPhone will make people think the phone is c***, but have no problem with crappy apps for the mac OS.

  1. willed

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Quite

    Who has a phone AND a 'smartphone'?

  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    "And how does Google get to release 'widgets' for the phone, but not other developers"? -Probably because Eric Schmidt is on the board of directors @ Apple, Inc. Jobs said recently "We are still wrestling with it" re: 3rd party apps.... translation: top-tier apps will available down the road.

  1. chas_m

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    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Morons

    The commenters so far have been pretty damn dim.

    The iPhone DOES replace three devices:

    1. Your existing smartphone* (for which you paid at least $300-500)

    2. Your iPod (for which you paid at least $249 -- the minimum cost of a video iPod).

    3. A laptop (not all of the time, nor all of the functions of course, but the BIG THREE -- email, web browsing and widget-type information + maps).

    I have some questions and qualms about the iPhone, but price isn't one of them. This thing saves me a TON of money and carry-around capability in the short term.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: morons

    The commenters so far have been pretty damn dim.

    The iPhone DOES replace three devices:


    Gee, I guess I missed the part where the smart phones (or even some cell phones) couldn't do internet and email. And don't go spewing c*** about how its more limited on those devices, because you don't seem to care that the 'laptop' replacement is limited.

    And the google guy specifically said "Smartphone", "Cell phone", and "iPod". Its not like we're making our c*** up.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re:

    Probably because Eric Schmidt is on the board of directors @ Apple, Inc. Jobs said recently "We are still wrestling with it" re: 3rd party apps.... translation: top-tier apps will available down the road.

    So, what does that have to do with anything. Having Bill "I love taking your money without actually having to support your products!" Campbell hasn't given apple any decent upgrade to Quicken, or the variety of products they offer to windows.

    Basically its Steve Jobs offering up business oppurtunities to his cronies (gee, the same ones who keep kicking money back to him - what a nice symbiotic relationship).

    And how hard is it to 'deal' with third party apps? I thought this was all based on OS X (which makes the concerns over a crashing iPhone hilarious, since I thought OS X was all about stability and crash-resistance).

  1. Hope4 TheWorld

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    @louzer and willed

    My dad does, my friend does too... They both have a blackberry and a razr, imagine that.

  1. mymacluvsme

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    @louzer

    your name "louzer" says so much about you.

  1. AlenShapiro

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    A *major* facility...

    What I really need - in addition to all the wonderful goodies already on the iPhone is to be able to do DUN (Dial Up Networking). I know MacOS X can do that using the "sharing" preference but will the iPhone have the necessary hooks.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: @louzer

    Oh, snap!

    Of course, you don't actually say what you disagree with, but maybe its just you can't handle someone daring to say something non-positive about someone who's connected to apple?

    BTW, the iPhone is NOT a replacement for a Blackberry, if you use Blackberry's push mail. The only push mail on this thing is from Yahoo, and I don't see many companies changing their entire mail system for that.

    As to alenshapiro, the iPhone won't be able to do dial-up networking. I'm surprised you haven't been derided by the Apple-police for daring to ask for such ancient technology. However, if you have another computer or router with Wifi and a modem, you could do it through that way.

    What I'd like to know is how people will get files on/off the ipod. Because I'm sure Apple wouldn't be so stupid as to just use iTunes to sync up your documents as well as you music, pictures, etc. What about back-up solutions (for all your prefs, contacts, etc)? Will you be able to sync with many different computers?

    And, going on that, now that there's an iPod with a microphone attached to it, will they finally build-in recording? I could find no mention of it.

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