Amazon is the 800 pound gorilla of online retailing, who could possibly take them on? That would take a company like Google. Google Shopping already partners with retailers who usie the giant’s search to increase their own business. Those brick and mortar retailers and Amazon should keep an eye peeled…it won’t take much more than adding a ‘buy’ button for Google to become a direct competitor with both retailers and Amazon…and apparently they’re moving in that direction.
If they can cut some deals for cheap goods, it could suddenly be: do a google search…choose…click…and your new stuff is on its way to you. Amazon may find itself in a real online retail jungle very soon. As for brick and mortar- Google has denied…as recently as today that they plan to open a chain of retail stores to compete with Apple’s. The company says they believe it’s not necessary for customers to touch smartphones, tablets, etc…with online reviews and recommendations from friends and acquaintances to go on.
It’s a nerd’s dream come true. No shopping for socks and undies to replace the ratty ones they’re wearing. Revamped startup meundies.com will mail what they term reasonably priced ones to the house once a month. Besides boxers, briefs, thongs and the like…they also do t-shirts and socks…and even have a line of ultrasoft ones for those with a tender tushy from sitting in front of the computer for hours. Right now they have men’s and women’s Tees, and will introduce a whole new line of women’s underwear soon. Get your geek on…and those scroungy shorts off…and replace them with some new ones!
When it comes to smartphones lately, Samsung and Apple have sucked most of the air out of the room. Today, HTC showed their latest top line smartphone, the newest HTC One, and is tacking towards Apple in an effort to differentiate from Android rival Samsung. Most noticeable are the beautiful aluminum case, with obvious cues taken from the iPhone, and the great screen. Taking another page from Apple’s playbook, specs weren’t really highlighted…instead it’s Blinkfeed…which automatically live updates content feeds, as well as their Ultrapixel camera with better low light capability. The HTC One hits stores in March, just as Samsung rolls out the Galaxy S-4. Time and buyers will tell if it’s good enough to carve out some space for itself…something Nokia, Blackberry, and Microsoft are also all grappling with.
Could another player be readying a game changing smartphone this year? If so, it may be Google. Through their Motorola Mobility division, they are working on what’s called the X Phone. Along with the usual improvements…better camera, longer battery life, and so on…the X Phone is reported to feature software that’s never been installed on a smartphone. According to the chief technology officer for an Australian wireless provider, it could be a game changer for Apple and Samsung. Adding to the intrigue, Microsoft has delayed it’s Surface phone and Amazon has also put off a companion phone to its tablet. Of course, this wouldn’t be the 1st phone from Google, but it it has truly unique software that people will love having, that may be enough to grab substantial market share. You can bet that the folks at Motorola Mobility…as well as those at parent Google…are hoping for something along the lines of the original Razr.
How would you like FREE wifi that’s more powerful than any available now…able to get through concrete walls and clear hills and trees? You would? Then you obviously aren’t a wireless carrier! For the rest of us, a proposal from the FCC sounds almost too good to be true. They are talking about buying back unused television spectrum from TV broadcasters, and building free WiFi out in virtually every metro area and most rural areas. This would be a boon to cities, schools, people traveling…again- everyone but the wireless providers…who wouldn’t be able to sell their lesser coverage to us when we could get something better for free. Expect a big fight from them, but on our side and the government’s…Google and Microsoft have already weighed in.