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Google In 2013: 11 Predictions
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Ryggo
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Ryggo,
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12/17/2012 | 3:49:55 PM
re: Google In 2013: 11 Predictions
"Google says Google+ has 400 million registered users. Okay, so many of those are compulsory members, but Google insists it has 100 million active monthly users."

@Thomas, Google+ has 500 million members, 235 million active users across Google (as Facebook has 1 billion) and 135 million in the stream and mobile app only. Nice read and seems really accurate though.

My quick predictions:

1. Google will merge the Chrome Web Store with Google Play Store - one store for the whole Google ecosystem.

2. Google will launch 'Google Play Games', a game center which will be the unification of Google+ Games, Hangouts Games, Android Games and Chrome Web Store Games.

3. Google+ will have 1 billion members and 500 million active users.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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12/17/2012 | 6:25:41 PM
re: Google In 2013: 11 Predictions
Combining Google Play and the Chrome Web Store is an interesting idea, but as long as Android and Chrome OS remain distinct, I think that's going to be a hard sell. The real problem in all these stores is discovery and that gets worse when you consolidate online stores.

The same goes for a converged game destination. Google doesn't have a very good track record with games and is just starting to get it right with Niantic Labs. I think it will tread very warily in the game market because, like video content, it's really talent-driven and guessing hits is a tough business. Better to let the good stuff find its way to the surface on its own.
Jonathan_Camhi
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12/17/2012 | 7:24:03 PM
re: Google In 2013: 11 Predictions
Android's rise vs. the iPhone has been one of the most interesting developments this year and will continue for the foreseeable future unless Apple does something big.

Jonathan Camhi, Associate Editor Bank Systems & Technology
Cara Latham
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12/18/2012 | 6:20:19 PM
re: Google In 2013: 11 Predictions
It will be interesting to see what develops with Google+ in 2013, especially with the "communities" feature that was recently launched. It may be enticing to some businesses/brands to use Google+ more frequently -- especially if these communities somehow factor into Google's algorithms and have an impact on SEO.
majenkins
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12/19/2012 | 4:51:28 PM
re: Google In 2013: 11 Predictions
Thanks for owning up to last year's predictions. Your results are about as good as throwing darts at a wall but at least you owned them.
Knowles2
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12/24/2012 | 3:07:01 PM
re: Google In 2013: 11 Predictions
Nice predictions. Just a few things I think you have wrong or google have already stated they will be doing anyway.

""Google will push the date for general release back to 2014 a"" Google has already stated that it doesn't plan on a consumer launch of Glass until 2014.

I do not think Google will be making any big acquisitions in 2013 as it is still struggling to sort out its acquisition with Motorola. An it forays into social networks acquisitions have been a flop with the biggest successes in that area coming internally.


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