Awesome Bar – Does it enhance the Google experience or develop Google Fatigue?

Mozilla Firefox is one of  the most popular browsers in today’s era. It is highly customizable, secure, stable, fast and Mozilla claims it to be “The World’s Best Browser”. Awesome Bar is one of its most popular and unique features yet. Firefox gets you around your favorite sites in minutes. It is a sort of ” I’m Feeling Lucky” feeling. It searches up Google and takes you to the site without even putting Google in front of you. It just skips Google. Though this isn’t how it works , but to an end user it would appear to do the same thing.

Recently I made a switch from Chrome to Firefox to just give it a try and it turned out to be terrific. I played around with its features and tweaked some to improve performance. It was good.

I am not trying to promote Firefox here, but instead want to talk more about the Awesome bar feature . So, Awesome Bar usually keeps you out of Google. This in turn does affect revenue generation for Google. For example – If you search for a term in Firefox say “Good Directions YouTube” , it would redirect you to the YouTube page and play the video. But if you searched for the same term in Google Chrome’s address box, it would return search results on Google, which would enhance Google’s revenue generation.

Though you have a separate Google bar beside the Awesome Bar but people usually type in their query into the address bar itself. Mozilla still tries to maintain its terms with Google, by making Google its default search engine and using a customized Google page for its startup. Sometimes it even does not render the page which we were wanting to go to. But it tracks user details and customizes it according to your needs.

What do you feel? Are you developing a Google fatigue ? Seems that Mozilla has.

EU Anti Trust or just Extra United (EU) Plain Jealousy?

The opening of the probe by the European Union on enquiries made by three European Internet companies against Google has many undertones.

Firstly, this development tests the level of maturity of Google in taking scathing criticism positively. By covering this negative event in its blog posting, Google has proved that it would like to bring unpleasant news in the open rather than hide it. This is a sign of the confidence of the organization in handling the “resistance posts” squarely and in a transparent manner.

Secondly, it is only when personalities become important and organizations become successful that they attract the attention and jealousy of others. For Google, this is just the case. And it should be prepared for even more as with the passage of time the number of challenges from the environment in form of cases against it through the use of international dispute mechanisms, is only expected to increase.

Thirdly, those companies who have filed their complaints must be prepared to go up to the last mile themselves and stand to public scrutiny themselves. It would have been better if they could have concentrated their efforts in beating competition by way of enhancing their technological edge rather than pursuing litigation.

Top 5 Chrome Extensions

Google Chrome finally has the ability of adding extensions which brought joy to a lot of users. We lay down the top 5 extensions which enhance Chrome and make it fun to use.

1. Chromed Bird – Chromed Bird is an awesome Twitter extension for Google Chrome with lots of features. You could compose a new tweet, check out tweets from your friends, create short URL’s, Notify user whenever new tweets arrive and lots more , all without even going to twitter.com

2. Feedly – Feedly is the best Chrome extension so far. It is even available for Firefox . Feedly is a magazine like startpage for reading your feeds.

3. Wikipedia – Access Wikipedia in a drop down box.

4. Dropbox – DropBox as we all know is the easiest way to store, sync, and, share files online. Now, there is even a chrome extension for it. With the extension, you could view your upload, manage them and even download them to your computer.

5. SimpleNotes – This is as simple as the name sounds. It is a note taking extension whereby you could just quickly take a note without opening NotePad or stuff.

Google updates iPhone App

Google updated it’s iPhone app yesterday.

Some of the fixes and improvements are :-

1. Added support for search by voice for iPod touch .
2. Improved stability when using voice on restricted networks.
3. Fix crashes when searching for @.
4. Fix crashes when pasting in search box.
5. Improvements for using voice search on iPod touch .

Google – Coming to a Store near you!

SearchEngineLand received a tip from a New York retailer named Oh Nuts, that Google came to their store to take pictures for a new Google Maps product named “Google Store Views.” I was told that they took pictures of the inside of the store, every 6 feet, in all directions. They also took pictures of products.
Google Store Views will allow people to essentially walk into the store, off of Google Street Views. So imagine you are looking at this store, and then you can click on the door to enter it, all on Google Maps. Then when you enter the store, you can wall through it.
Here are pictures of Google capturing the pictures from within the store:

Postscript: A Google spokesperson sent us the following statement:
We are always experimenting with new features for Google Maps. We have nothing further to announce at this time.

Source : SearchEngineLand

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Apple bans Android

By now we all are quite familiar with how much control Apple has over it’s App Store. The continuous rejection of a few apps along with a rejection of competitors apps justifies it.

Recently a developer submitted an app which had the word ‘Android’ in it. Apple rejected the app and said ” Remove the A word or remove your App”. Apple earlier even rejected Google Voice from entering into the App Store and even plans to adopt Bing as it’s default search engine for the iPhone . This rivalry between Apple and Google seems promising and could result in a lot of iPhone users to switch to the Nexus One.