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Report: Google Might Bring Google Now to Businesses, HP Wanted a “Nexus” for Enterprise

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According to a new report out of The Information, Google and companies like HP have been talking over the last year about potentially using Google Now as a corporate tool to help employees easily find information using their own phones. Think of it as using Voice Actions in Google Search and Now to be able to quickly lookup company info, like financial data or product inventory, just like how you would ask how old LeBron James is or what the weather is like. 

Since Apple is teaming up with IBM, and has continued to see their growth with corporate buyers, Google needs to do something to enter this space. This report claims that talks with HP have already fallen through, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see Google partner up with someone else, assuming they want to. The word “noncommittal” was used a couple of times in this report, when referring to Google’s take on the matter.

We have seen plenty of growth from Google in Chromebooks, plus Android L has beefed up security. It’s only a matter of time before they become a real enterprise player.

In related news, The Information is also reporting that HP, at one time, wanted to partner with Google to create a “Nexus” phone for businesses. Andy Rubin apparently wanted nothing to do with it, but HP’s vision saw a Nexus phone with more advanced features, like the ability to add high-end hardware encryption. I think by those ideas, it’s clear that HP has no idea what the Nexus program is.

Via:  The Information (subscription)
  • Frogskins

    This is a little surprising since HP already has a product (via its Autonomy purchase) that already indexes “corporate” networks for searching. Matter of fact, Autonomy and Google swap employees all the time. They are competitors in the corporate search space, not collaborators.

  • Daistaar

    This would be awesome if Google Now could look through your Exchange account and interact with Active Directory and LDAP entries. I’d love to be able to say, “OK Google, call John Smith in Networking” and it scan my corporate exchange account for the entry and complete the task. Imagine saying “Book conference room B tomorrow at 10 for an hour” and it gets added. That’s how you roll it into enterprise.

  • Tony Byatt

    There’s blood in the water…

    iOS is losing businesses and Android is gaining businesses…

    http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2014/08/12/ios-drops-67-enterprise-share-q2-2014-android-grows-32-windows-phone-stays-flat-1/

    • AbbyZFresh

      That was before the iBM deal ocurred.

  • 2Berad

    Lenovo….

    • Daniel Marcus

      That would be brilliant. The first Motorola phone under the Lenovo brand, an L-running business-centered tough-phone. Introducing the Motorola ThinkPhone Carbon, backed by Lenovo ThinkVantage support and attractively priced for bulk business purchases.

      • Ace Rimmer

        I thought Lenovo owned HP PC’s, isn’t that what this is for? Or for the HP company?

        • pezjono

          Lenovo owns IBM PCs and now Motorola Mobility. HP is still kicking.

        • Daniel Marcus

          Nope, HP is still their own manufacturer for most of their PCs. Lenovo owns the old IBM PC business, and recently is buying Motorola Mobility. Overall, I have a ton of respect for Lenovo. They bought the IBM PC division and made it profitable within 3 years, and preserved the high quality hardware and brand in the process.

  • Finire

    HP has never understood mobile devices though… This is really shown by the failure that was their tablet program.

  • Shawn John

    high-end hardware encryption and Nexus shouldn’t be used in the same sentence. The whole Nexus concept is vanilla android, not some high end cryptic phone running encryption software that drains your battery life. Stick to making servers HP, you have manufactured some great servers. Great to see Google gaining traction in the enterprise sector.

    • mgamerz

      I never knew hardware based encryption (physical item) had much to do with vanilla software.

      • Shawn John

        Well for one, it’s like having a house with a thousand shutters on it with a back door open, why go through the effort of encrypting the hardware when software could potentially compromise it? Unless those devices intend to run on it’s own network, I don’t see the sense of hardware encryption when software can manipulate it. Will the encrypted hardware have it’s own encrypted OS? Help me understand how encrypting the hardware will provide any protection, when it’s the OS that we use to interact with the hardware.

        • mgamerz

          Software isn’t going to compromise hardware based encryption. The OS will think everything is unencrypted to begin with because it sends commands to the memory controller which responds with unencrypted data from the encrypted disk. The hardware encryption is a middleman that encrypts and decrypts data going to and from the memory controller. It has nothing to do with software.

          • Shawn John

            Interesting concept. Thanks for the explanation. The question will be the effect it will have on battery life. While performance may not be impacted, do you have an idea what effect it will have on battery life?

          • mgamerz

            Eh. It’ll use more power as it routes a little farther but it would likely be unnoticeable.

  • Defenestratus

    How to get Android together with enterprise.

    Buy Blackberry.

    Bam.

    • BillySuede

      this.

    • Finire

      Wait… Blackberry is still around?

      • Poonjab

        Sort of, but maybe only to hand out keys to foreign governments?

    • Tyler

      I’ve been thinking this for the longest time and wonder why they havent already. BB has got to have a bunch of patents, they have tech for security, they make hardware(whether you would want it or not is to be seen). Corporations trust blackberry so it only would make sense if they wanted to get Android more enterprise friendly.

  • Nathan Borup

    Please team up with Dell… HP is terrible, at least Dell is decent

    • j

      They need to team up with a company that has knowledge and technology to relay in return. IBM is a massive R&D and manufacturing company of all things hardware and software. Dell slaps together PCs and servers and fails at attempts to enter the mobile front.

      • pezjono

        IBM? Lenovo bought out their PC line in 2005. Google also sold Motorola Mobility to them early this year. I don’t want that cheap Lenovo crap touching the Nexus line.

        • DanSan

          cheap lenovo crap? Have you ever used a thinkpad? those things are like tanks.

          • pezjono

            The shell might be strong, but they use some of the crappiest parts ever. I have replaced more Lenovo hard drives (especially in ThinkPads) and have had motherboards die in Lenovos far more than any other PC manufacture.

          • Tyler Bowden

            Doesn’t matter if it’s built like a tank if the computer maxes itself out just sitting on the desktop.

        • j

          huh.. I was just drawing a contrast between the Apple/IBM partnership and the proposed Google/Dell.

    • Daistaar

      You’re probably in the 8 percent of people in enterprise to believe that. The other 92% is split between HP and Lenovo.

  • Bryan Mills

    Thank god those deals fell through with HP.

    • Carlos Lopez

      I normally disagree with you but my god you are right this time haha

      • DanSan

        I know, pigs are flying.