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Google Nexus One

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As you read this, Google is holding a press conference at their Mountain View headquarters to announce the Nexus One, a phone that many feel is the first true arrival of what the Android OS was meant to be. The device, built by HTC, features a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, 1 ghz processor, 5 MP camera with LED flash, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 4GB microSD (upgradeable to 32GB), 3G (T-Mobile only, Edge on AT&T), and is slightly thinner and lighter than the iPhone. It is running Android 2.1, a release that is exclusive (for now) to the Nexus One. Many people are approaching this device expecting it to be an iPhone killer. The problem is it does not have to be. It simply needs to disrupt the market and it certainly will. Putting hardware aside for a moment (what’s there to talk about? read the specs), the user experience is what really drives this device. For those looking for your next smart phone, moving away from the iPhone or Blackberry, give the Nexus One a look. It won’t usurp the iPhone’s throne but it certainly will challenge its dominance.

Goollery

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Many people are creating projects based on free Google tools, APIs, and Google brand as inspiration at large. Goollery is an online gallery dedicated to collect, archive and showcase some of the most creative, fun and innovative Google-related* projects from people around the world.

Goollery is an independent project by Ji Lee, Jeanelle Mak, Francisco Hui, Karishma Sheth and Andrew Bonventre.


*Goollery IS NOT a Google website.

Google Chrome Bento Box


Anna the Red makes brilliant character bento, often with a nod toward anime and video games. Her Kyaraben transforms the traditional Japanese lunch box into a work of art. Recently, someone from Google took notice of Anna’s bento prowess and invited her to help promote Google Chrome by making the logo out of food. She began with a sketch, and ended up with the Google Chrome logo realized in boiled broccoli, fried red peppers and scrambled eggs. If you’ve ever wanted to see the dilligent work that goes into this niche art form, check out the fast-paced video. Delicious.

iGoogle Artist Themes

If you haven’t logged into your iGoogle page yet, you’re missing out on a rad new customizing feature: artist themes to personalize your search toolbar. I’ve got mine set on Nigo’s camo apes, but that’s after I changed it from Sao Paulo’s 10 Pãezinhos urban landscape drawings, which in turn had just replaced Shepard Fairey’s stenciled iconography (pictured). I’m actually wasting tons of writing time going through all 68 themes to find the perfect one for my Friday, but you’ll be surprised how they help set the tone of your day.

Watch Me At Google Zeitgeist

As promised my presentation last week at Google Zeitgeist is now online for your viewing pleasure– the fine group at Google did an extraordinary job editing and posting the video to YouTube. It was truly an honor to speak alongside such an incredible lineup of presenters, and a lot of fun talking about the work side of my life which I really keep out of this blog most of the time. Also be sure to check out the interview with Michael and Xochi Birch as I’m on the panel during that discussion as well. And of course, if you enjoy it feel free to leave a comment here and give me 5 stars on YouTube! I look forward to reactions!

Digital Youth Trends: Google Zeitgeist

My apologies for the radio silence since I arrived here in London! I’ve had an incredible past few days, filled with meetings and engagements. The most notable experience was definitely my talk at Google Zeitgeist yesterday followed by a panel with an amazing group of people (moderated by new friend Jonathan Zittrain) discussing the Digital Youth and the future of marketing and implications to the younger generations in the digital world. I spoke about five trends I believe are affecting the next generation of marketing, and what I am doing at my new agency to tackle those issues. The trends I spoke about covered Mobile as my center of gravity, I’m always on (so find me anywhere), Dating as Gaming, Virtual Gifting and Mass Individuality.

I’m told a video of my presentation and highlights from the panel will be on YouTube shortly, I’ll be sure to update everyone when they’re up there.

Vulcan Edition Google Servers

Legendary graffiti artist Vulcan was recently commissioned to paint a line of servers for Google in conjunction with his solo show that recently opened on the company’s Mountain View Campus. You can browse the work from the show on Vulcan’s site and purchase some of his work via Google Checkout, naturally. Awesome to see such a huge company like Google staying grounded by supporting the arts. More shots of the super-sexy limited edition servers after the jump.

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GeoGreeting

GeoGreeting is a nifty little Google Maps mash-up that lets you write words and messages with corresponding buildings to shape each letter. The J in Josh is a building in Ponomona, CA while the S in Spear is from Minneapolis, MN– funny because I’m from neither. The site also has a cute little share with a friend feature to send your GeoGreeting to anyone you wish.

Google Mars

Google just quietly launched Google Mars– I kid you not. This online application allows you to browse the martian landscape the same way Google Maps allows you to scan and research our planet earth. Browse the mountains, canyons, dunes, plains, ridges, and craters of mars. You can view in three different modes: elevation, visible, and infared. It seems to only show a small portion of the planet but none-the-less it’s incredibly beautiful!

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