deargoogle-colored-cropped-final2 One thing Google delivers more of they do than privacy snafu scandals is badass feature after kickass feature after whup-ass feature which may be way the shelf life of public concern over the likes of wifi-gate, Buzz and Times Square Billboards is so short. You might think they time these unveilings to wag the dog a bit of negative press but when you’ve got such a steady flow of sweetness from so many of your departments no timing is necessary.

So the latest big thing is Google Instant which you’ve probably already read about and maybe tried yourself. Not too far back a big one was the Gmail calling and Priority Inbox, plus countless things you don’t really hear about unless you’re tuned into all their blogs.

Me, I’m low on things I wish Google would give us that they haven’t already but in the interests of helping Google wag these dogs harder (and of course to give us more fantastic services), how about a Dear Santa kind of wish list thread right here where you list some things you wish Google would deliver? Now and then Google tunes into our site so perhaps if one of you offers a gem they’ll turn it into a big unveiling down the line.

Be warned though, people from the Microsoft camp, the campus to be specific, drop by more frequently so anything you lay down here may get hijacked by those guys, but were that to happen we at least could try to stick it to them that the idea was born here and intended for Google, not innovation parasites.

I have a suspicion that this thread won’t pull in much comments because Google has already delivered to us across the board just about everything conceivable but let’s put our heads together and try anyway and try to come up with things we wish we had from them, things maybe, who knows, they might not have thought of. I’ll start:

Dear Google, big fan. I’ve been a good boy, so please give me this:

  • Official full-fledged VoIP calling, wifi and cellular, embedded with Google Voice on Android – and while you’re at it, other platforms too, might as well share the love.
  • Eventually hook me up with a carrier-independent successor to the Nexus One, but not for a while because the thing is so sweet as it is.
  • Hook my non-Nexus One-packing brethren up with new Android releases a little faster than you just hook me and my Nexus One up with so that I can write about the awesome new features of your new developments and not leave our Android audience frustrated that they’ll have to wait with their carrier phone for who knows how long to get a taste.
  • Google Instant on mobile devices, though I know you’re already cooking that up. But just a reminder.
  • Make damn sure that Google TV puts a hurtin’ on Apple TV.
  • Don’t cave to India.
  • Get dividend payout dates in Google Finance portfolios; my Mom keeps wining about that and I hate leaving her on Yahoo Finance just because of the stupid dividend dates.
  • Hmm… I can’t come up with anything else, honestly. I guess just keep on doing what you’re doing and accept my gratitude for all you’ve given me.

Okay folks, your turn. Anything you want from Google?

Doug Simmons


  1. I’ve got one: Please don’t give up on getting App Store approval for Google Voice and Navigation.

    And make up your damn minds already, html5 or Flash, not a little bit of each.

  2. Dear Google, please take the time to fix the “design bug” in your implementation of labels, where new messages are not actually assigned the labels associated wiith the conversation. Until then I cannot rely on something where:

    – if I use an IMAP (or, I presume, Exhange Activesync) based client, the folders used to represent labels do *not* contain all messages from conversations with that label;

    – if I click (or search) on a label, the apparent date-ordering is actually based not on the latest message in that conversation, but on the last message at the last time I actively (re-) applied the label to that conversation; and

    – if I combine a message-specific search term, such as has:attachment or is:starred, with a label search then conversations will “randomly” appear or not in the results depending on whether I applied the label to that conversation before or after the specific starred/etc. message arrived

    Whatever other advantages it may provide, if I can’t trust the email service to “follow its own rules” then I’m afraid it’s a no go for serious use.

  3. How about stop pissing on us in Sweden and many, many other countries and give us some payed app market and google voice and navigation and…well… all the goodies!

  4. please give us newer versions on android evry 3 months and continue to fragment the os. keep the marketplace as is, can’t see how it could be any worse. rip off more old yahoo search ideas and caall them new. build new flavors of chrome evrery 5 months and continue to ignore corporate america with each new build. thx google

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