Google News is one of the handiest services to come from Google. It aggregates a ton of news content, giving you access to a virtual newsstand right on your computer. I can't, however, say the same about Google Fast Flip. This service, now just about a year old, was designed to speed up the process of browsing through news stories online. Fast Flip presents you with an online news story laid out in such a way that it's supposed to look more like the content does on its originating site.
Fast Flip ranks fairly high on cool factor; it's neat to look at and flipping through pages using the provided arrows looks pretty slick. But Fast Flip doesn't really accomplish its initial goal: making news browsing faster. Flipping through a stack of pages may look cool, but it actually takes more time than scanning a list of headlines.
Google TV is the search giant's ambitious plan to bring its Android platform to TVs and set-top boxes as soon as this fall. In partnership with Intel and Sony, Google will deliver Android software that allows you to search for and view Web-based content from your TV. You'll also be able to control the system with your Android-based phone, play with Android apps (like Pandora) on a big screen, and access content stored on a DVR.
But to do so, you'll have to buy a new TV or set-top box -- and no one knows how much that will cost. You'll also need to have that TV set up in range of a very strong Wi-Fi connection or near an Ethernet connection, otherwise all that Internet content will be inaccessible. No one knows how much a Google TV-enabled set or set-top box will cost, but I can tell you this: it won't be cheap enough to sway me. I've tested devices that let me access Internet content on my TV, and you know what I've found? Crappy YouTube videos look even worse on a big screen.
Google Me (The Rumored Facebook-Killer)
We don't know for sure that there is a project called "Google Me." And we don't know for sure that Google is working on a social networking site designed to compete with (or perhaps kill) Facebook. But if Google is working on such a project, I think it's destined to fail. Here's why.