Steve Jobs had said that “everything around you, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it. You can influence it. You can build your own things that people can use.” Jobs’ vision was to build a phone that not only serves as a communication device, but is also able to have other functionality, such as 3D gaming, music, web browsing, everything one can possibly do on a computer. On the 29th of June, 2007 the first generation iPhone was released. When Steve Jobs first introduced the iPhone, he had to explain what it was due to the fact that the device was so different from other phones. It had introduced a new concept of mobile computing. From then on, the iPhone had opened a whole new world for applications. Applications are no longer accessed by only a single operating system such as your laptop or desktop computer. Although smartphones like handheld computers had been around for quite a while, the iPhone is really a game changer as Steve Jobs have suggested, in that it had brought Software/Applications to another level. We can now access our applications connected by a single account across multiple devices such as smartphones or tablets. This gave us the ability to access our data anytime and anywhere; it can be described as “Software above the level of a single device” from Tim O’Reilly’s pattern.
Google Chrome is a free internet browser developed by Google, and was released September 2, 2008 as a beta version for Microsoft Windows. Now in 2013, Chrome has over 37% of usage worldwide, making it the most widely used web browser in the world. Google Chrome is not limited to its web browsing function; it offers a variety of features including bookmarks, extensions, apps and customization. In 2012, Google released a mobile version of Chrome for both Apple iOS and Google Android operating system, extending its reach to tablets and smartphones.
1. Design from start to share data across devices, servers and networks – Through the use of their own data servers, Google Chrome allows users to synchronise their bookmarks, browsing history, and even username and passwords across multiple devices (e.g. open pages from your pc on your smartphone), even if they are on different networks.
2. Think location Aware – Based on your location from GPS or Wifi, Google Chrome can customise its search results and suggestions. For example, if you search for an item on Chrome, you may get search results of Australian websites or shops selling the item that are near your location, instead of the U.S or anywhere else.
3. Extend Web 2.0 to devices – As mentioned before, Google Chrome allows users to sync their web content across multiple device platforms. Users can continue browsing a webpage on their mobile phone where they left off on their computer, or access bookmarks that were saved on their mobile phones from their computers.
4. Use the power of the network to make the edge smarter – Based on the recent advancements in networking technology, Chrome allows users to translate websites from other languages to their native language, e.g. translate Chinese websites to English and etc.
5. Leverage devices as data and rich media sources – By synchronising with Google user accounts, Chrome can provide users with access to their Gmail, Youtube, or Google Drive accounts, maximising productivity. In addition, Chrome allows users review or comment on websites with the embedded Google+ functionality.
6. Make one-click peer-production as priority – Chrome boasts simplicity over other browsing applications by having one-click access to different tabs and settings, built-in Google search functionality in address bar, as well as one click access to other apps linked with Google accounts, e.g. Google+, Google Drive and etc.
7. Enable data location independences – As mentioned before, Google Chrome allows user data synchronisation from multiple devices by their Google account.