Cash rich Google has made yet another acquisition, this time being the 3D desktop technology company BumpTop.
BumpTop recently announced that its products will no longer be available for sale, due to Google's purchase, but if you would still like to try the free version, do it quickly. For a very limited time you can still download the free version, but not for long.
I really love software such as BumpTop and I've written about it before, but the big question, of course, is just why on earth would the search giant want or even feel the need to buy such a desktop interface company?
The answer: Apple and its iPad tablet that's why.
At least that's what some people believe, and it's their guess that BumpTop engineers will soon be working its magic on the UI for upcoming Android tablets .
Of course, there could be other additional reasons besides just tablets, such as incorporating BumpTop features into the Android mobile OS, or even the UI in Google search engine and for its Chrome OS for notebooks, besides, naturally, any version for tablets.
Yes, with the rip-roaring success of the iPad, Apple has clearly demonstrated that a full desktop OS, such as Windows 7, simply doesn't cut it anymore. Desktop OSs are too power hungry, making them a slow and painful experience for tablets users, and this is one of the major reasons why some people also believe that Microsoft and HP have both cancelled their plans for their wildly anticipated Courier and Slate tablets.
A lot of people really love how cool BumpTop looks and works, but in the end, they feel that BumpTop simply doesn't provide that much of a productivity boost to justify its purchase. In fact, they report that the whole BumpTop experience tends to wear off rather quickly.
However, in conclusion, I believe that the engineering talent behind the BumpTop team can be very effectively used by Google to enhance any number of multi-touch projects, making them all the more compelling, fun and exciting to use. Productivity is great and all, but eye-candy, such as BumpTop's, can make what seems like dull and boring tasks seem a little less so, so I'm particularly curious in seeing just what Google can and will do with BumpTop.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Monday, May 01, 2010