With his brilliant performance as the emcee for Google’s Android-related keynote at Google I/O, Vic Gondotra has emerged as the voice of Google’s mobile products. We laughed, we cheered, we cried (ok, so maybe we didn’t cry…well at least I didn’t) as he smoothly sailed past malfunctioning tech demos, delivered Android announcements with the fervor of a burning bush on Mt. Sinai, and took a few pot shots at Apple without even sounding defensive or mean. I could probably sit and listen to the man wax philosophical on any topic, but throw in Android and it just gets good. I’m sorry, I seem to be developing a little man-crush…moving on.
Vic sat down with Evelyn Rusli at TechCrunch Disrupt to talk a bit more about the future of Android and its position in the mobile space. Some interesting things to take away:
- Vic sees location-based services such as Latitude and Buzz as the future of mobile software, and says all of Google’s future products will use location awareness in some way.
- He predicts smartphone prices will drop as the mobile phone becomes the main computing device in developing markets.
- Google is examining the tablet market and have been working on some interesting things, but you’ll have to wait for any official announcement.
Of course, any post-Google I/O discussion with Vic wouldn’t be complete without bringing up his tactfully placed jabs at Apple. He says they were all in good fun, and only meant to highlight Google’s approach to their products. Watch the full video below to be mesmerized by the man himself.