Just the other day we got word that Google was putting VoIP technology from Gizmo5 to work by creating a Gmail and desktop interface for making VoIP calls with a Google Voice number. Now TechCrunch is reporting the desktop app is indefinitely delayed and may not be released at all. This does not affect the rumored Gmail integration.
The problems stem from an internal disagreement at Google. Many, including founders Larry and Sergey, do not want the company to create desktop software now that they have the Chrome browser to develop HTML5 web apps. This strategy is evidenced by Google's strategy as of late. They've been concentrating on Chrome, Android, and Chrome OS.
The rumor is that the development team has been asked to instead make an HTML5 web app version of the desktop app. Who knows if it will work out, but we'd like to have options for desktop and web-based VoIP solutions.
Gizmo5 allows users to make VoIP calls over a data connection much like Skype. It seems clear that Google plans to beef up Google Voice with the technology from Gizmo5. “Gizmo5 gives us talent and talent technology. They have specific tech and skills in further integrating telephony with devices and desktop and Web-based computing,” said Horowitz. Skype already provides VoIP to 500 million users, but if any company can scale up to that level, it’s Google.
Google is already laying the groundwork for its cloud computing endeavors as well. They need users to feel secure storing data in Google’s cloud, and the creation of the Data Liberation Front goes a long way in gaining that trust. Similarly, the Google Dashboard increases data transparency at Google. According to Horowitz, Google is also aware people won’t use cloud services if that aren’t fast. So look forward to “blazing fast” cloud platforms with highly portable data in 2010… we can only hope.