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.