Did you have an amazing weekend? Chances are you didn’t spend much time online, so let’s get you all caught up. Today we have news from Google and Netflix.
A new report from The Wall Street Journal claims Google is ready to give you more than just search results. The internet’s homepage will soon take advantage of its selling power to… well, sell you products.
It’s said the Search Giant will begin testing “buy” buttons within advertised search results. These would lead you to another Google page, where you would be able to browse through more products and complete purchases. Customers would also be able to save their preferred payment methods and more easily shop in the future.
The report states this feature will begin its testing stages “in a few weeks”, but only on mobile platforms and through “a small percentage” of traffic.
Opinion: You will either love this or hate this. I am personally fond of this, as there are many sites online that I would rather not trust with my credit card information. This new system would allow me to go only through Google (when possible), which happens to be a company I trust. We do know some of you don’t like Google having power over so much of your info. I am also wondering how well Google can compete against giants like eBay and Amazon.
Netflix may be bringing its content to China soon! Or at least that is what the latest reports state. The streaming company is also a content creator, and talks with Chinese broadcasters (including BesTV and Wasu Media Holding) are said to have begun.
The plan would be to bring Chinese viewers similar content to what Netflix offers in America and other markets. The only issue here is that Netflix caters to a market that happens to prefer films for a very mature audience. China is a bit more conservative with its programming and restriction may limit Netflix.
Opinion: It seems everyone wants to pierce the Chinese market nowadays. I am not sure if Netflix can really defeat these cultural differences, though. Do you?
India is another one of those markets that warrant success if you know how to enter it the right way. Google has done wonders with its affordable devices and today they have a couple devices for our fellow Indian geeks.
Do you like Chromebooks? We do – especially the ones that don’t break the bank. Today the Search Giant launched the Nexian Chromebook and the Xolo Chromebook. The former is priced at 13,499 INR (about $212), while Xolo’s alternative is a tiny bit more expensive at 13,999 INR.
Opinion: Chromebooks make great computers, so I am happy to see the platform growing healthily. These are affordable, helpful, convenient, fast and super fun.