This Google Wallet phenomenon is pretty amazing. Though with the starbucks card app kind of leading the way, the concept of using your phone in lieu of pulling out your wallet, is not a new one. Still, this concept is most likely the next step in the adventures of our ever-evolving smartphones.
My quick take?
The Good = The obvious. Convenient, easy, and almost always on hand.
After the recent earthquake in DC, a friend of mine tweeted, “Dear Self - in the future, please also grab your purse along with the phone. The phone is not the most important thing #dcearthquake”
This concept of leaving one for the other might become more common as our phones become more and more ubiquitous in our daily lives.
The Bad = Lost and stolen phones. Family and friends of mine have had their phones stolen from right out of their purses and off their tables. The resale value of smartphones is pretty darn high and if you don’t know to look for a clean ESN number, you could be buying a stolen phone (I’ve bought a few of my recent phones on Ebay and had to deal with the aforementioned issue a few years ago. Lesson learned.) Still, if your phone isn’t stolen, it could be misplaced. (Say on the subway in San Francisco?… Ah friend, you know who you are.) But seriously, the concept of phones disappearing is not novel, and in fact, could increase with this kind of attractive technology baiting thieves and scam-artists.
The Ugly = Pretty much to continue on with the above ‘bad’ comment - we will effectively have so much information on our smartphones, that it could prove dangerous. How many of you have accidentally left your Facebook page open, only to find your friends have left some interesting comments as your status updates? Or how about, finding out your email inbox has been hacked? Finally, how about finding out that your credit card has been used by someone other than yourself and so you had to shut it down to stop said person from buying more using your credit?
All of these are definite possibilities with this new future for our smartphones - indeed the ugliest of options.
Still, as often happens, convenience trumps possible inconveniences. And obviously more strict safety measures will have to be put in place once these things roll out and become more mainstream.
In the meantime, check out this Mashable article review and Google’s own video on the topic.
What do you think? Good, bad, or ugly?
Google officially rolled out its Google Wallet mobile payment system Monday. We’ve been using a Sprint Nexus S 4G with Google Wallet for the past six weeks. Google Wallet is still in its infancy, but the system already shows a lot of promise…
To me, this essentially sounds like a case of the former kings of the playground ganging up on the nerd with the coolest toys.
Google’s Rivals Team Up on Ads
Can Google’s rivals team up to take a chunk out of its ad business? Microsoft, Yahoo, and AOL are planning to work together to sell ads on each other’s sites, according to The Wall Street Journal. The companies would basically create a single ad platform across the sites, which would simplify the work of advertisers who generally have to negotiate the three company’s separate systems. (Each site will continue selling ads individually as well.) The deal, if it is made, is likely to face regulatory scrutiny.
Having drifted into the world of Google+, where a ‘public profile’ is automatically set up, I’ve come to realize that the sign above, is the truth.
We WANT to be socially connected with our friends and family; we WANT the ease with which to share statuses, photos, and comments, we WANT to know what’s going on - and if that’s on a second-by-second basis, even better.
In the process of all this, our grip on the cloak of privacy which we have so desperately clung to, has been releasing ever-so-slightly on a daily basis. When Google said, ‘there is no private profile on Google+,’ we still (guilty as charged) all went running towards the shiny new social network.
Though we may feel as though we’re still holding on fairly tight to our privacy ‘cloaks,’ if we were to look down at them, we’d see, they’re threadbare.