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Google Plans For Domination

Google introduced some interesting products, updated others and generally wowed the crowd at its IO event this week. But the most interesting innovations seem to have slipped under the radar.

First off the commitment, with several hardware partners, to deliver system updates for a minimum of 18 months of a new devices life. That deals without the major complaint that (mainly non-Android) users make about the platform: fragmentation.

Secondly the introduction of a hardware standard for the interfacing of devices to the Android platform, a genius that matches the Apple iPod/iPhone certification program and promises to go much further.

With these two changes the still burgeoning Android market can only grow and grow. Google announced that new Android devices are being activated at a rate of 400,000 per day - meaning that by this time next year Android phones will outnumber smartphones from every other platform put together...