Google Celebrates Star Trek, Talks Cell Phones

Wants to push "all things mobile"

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Get ready to hear a lot about how a certain search giant’s offerings can be accessed through cell phones.  Google intends to honor a rather geeky occasion (the anniversary of the original Star Trek pilot) not with a doodle, but with a week-long "celebration of all things mobile."

Star Trek introduced a device known as "the Communicator" that is widely acknowledged to be the precursor of today’s cell phones, so the tie-in sort of makes sense.  Without Kirk, Spock, Bones, and the rest of the gang, it’s doubtful that we’d all have tiny communications devices on us around the clock.

Google has, however, veered a bit away from a "thank you" to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and towards blatant self-promotion.  On the Official Gmail Blog, a post tried to teach people about visiting gmail.com in a mobile browser and/or using a phone’s built-in email application.  Not that many readers of the blog probably haven’t figured that out.

Then, on the Official YouTube Blog, a post gave the slightly less obvious suggestion to visit m.youtube.com.

More advice should follow between now and the end of Friday.  We’ll check back in if anything of interest is shared, and in the meantime, just leave you to remember a great old series.

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