If I recall correctly, Google actually made a statement about why they do all these kinds of side projects. Aside from motivating employees by allowing them to work on whatever they want in some of their time, Google hopes to gain from minor improvements here and there. They want to build a phone OS, so that phone OS's will in general improve (and therefore expand the market for people using Google to search). They make their own browser/netbook OS/netbooks so that competition will again, improve the market.Has anyone else ever noticed that Google is constantly trying to do what EVERYONE ELSE is doing? Any time some huge internet wonder comes out, eventually Google has it's own version.
They were just a bloody search engine!
I can't wait for Bing to start doing this. Bing+, the new and improved stupid thing of tomorrow!
Brought to you by the morons who need a bloody girlfriend...