There are many times in the last year that I’ve looked at a problem and told myself – if anyone can do it, it is us (Google). It certainly feels good working for a company that you can say that about. I don’t write too often about my employer – my blog is mostly about my personal thoughts on technology, with occasional other topics. But, today, I’m making an exception.
Working for Google leaves me being amazed at the scale, pace and breadth of innovation that happens here. I was proud of my previous employer, no doubt – especially when I started there, I felt I was surrounded by some of the smartest minds in applied R&D as there can be (and that is still true). But, what I see coming out of Google is absolutely mind boggling for the size we are as a company.
Collectively, the announcements around Google Wallet, Google+, Hangouts, the Knowledge Graph and a bunch of other things are demonstrating innovation at an unparalleled pace. And while a good amount of this is coming from Google, it is also setting up for an innovating ecosystem to thrive.
While some of these improvements are small, taken independently, the collective advancements are inspiring. Clearly, hardware and software have different life cycles and it would be unfair to compare the pace of advancements in the two areas – but, with the likes of Samsung and HTC producing stunning devices and Android providing a thriving platform for innovation, I see that the future of mobile is evolving more rapidly than ever before!
Of course, like anything else, it is not a company without its own problems and growing pains. I’m going to refrain from discussing those here. Instead, for today, I’m just going to leave it at calling out the amazing stuff that we have all just seen talked about at I/O!