Season's Greetings from the Google Product Ideas Team!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 | 1:09 PM

Product Ideas for Google Mobile went live on 12/12. So far we've seen a lot of creative, interesting ideas being posted about how to make Google Mobile products better and a lot of voting going on. Keep it coming!


We'd like to highlight one idea which was posted from São Paulo: "A 'Google Product Ideas' for all google services." While we're kicking off this initiative with Google Mobile, we hope to extend Product Ideas to more Google products in the coming year. Given this is the first time we've embarked on such a mission to make your voices heard, we'll be closely monitoring Product Ideas and your feedback.

On that note, we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. See you in 2009, and until then - keep the ideas coming!

40 comments:

DC said...

Any plans to open this up to other products that users can submit, not just Googles? Competitor to CrowdSound, GetSatisfaction, SuggestionBox and UserVoice?

jc-denton said...

lol really now you outsourced brainstorming..

I don't really see any reasons why I should tell you my ideas, instead of realizing them on my own..

eclectro said...

Yeah, I can't wait for this to come to other products, so I'll post it here. I wish google maps would assume (or have a switch to do so) that when I search for a street address that the address I am looking for is within the immediate geographical area that I am searching from. I bet google could evem detect what this is from my ip address. As an example, if I google for 1234 main street don't give me answers in Ohio, I'm looking for something from the state/city I am searching from.

JodyBrewster said...

Hey, I have one for iGoogle, I'd like to be able to share what's in my tabs or what's in my total iGoogle config.

BHappy said...

I have an small idea for navigation in the Chrome Browser. Every Browser puts their tabs at or near the top of the page -why not have a configuration option to put it at the bottom of the page? Why? I find I switch between pages the same way I switch between programs and when I switch between programs I use the bar at the bottom of the page. And if I am switching a lot it causes a lot of mouse travel going from top of the page to the bottom of the page.

Just a thought. . .

Michael Wong 38 said...

I welcome the chance to give back to Google after you've given me. Gmail is the centre of my online life and Google Reader helps "the information find me" instead of the other way around as Michael Weschs noted. Thanks Google for this honor to brainstorm for you.

mhwc said...

Now, here is a really, really original and profound idea:

Fix your current stuff before looking for new things to turn into betas. Like, for example, the google calender... try get it to show dates above the days in an european fashion, where '12/30' means 'day 12 in month 30'...

Oh, and here's another smashing great idea: create a place where we, the users, can actually report bugs in your betas.

Just two things that I know many, many people around the globe would appreciate if they came through.

macewan said...

Better integration of Google products with WordPress powered sites. May with plugins...

Gubatron said...

It seems people will start using this Google Product Ideas for all kinds of Google products, not just mobile. Just rename the thing, or create more instances for other areas.

Scott said...

Many thanks for the season’s greetings.
My only Google centred wish for the New Year at the moment would be to see greater integration between the various products that you have on offer, something similar to what Adobe is trying to accomplish with their creative suite, one seamless experience across the board, regardless of the product(s) you are using.
In your case a flow from browser to office applications to e-mail etc, that has a constant look and feel of Google, “an experience” tm (just joking) for the end user.
It might also be worth considering a poll on your site to gauge the feeling of the community regarding your use of the word beta on so many of your various products.
I understand the need to work out bugs and issues of stability, form and function, but it certainly doesn’t instil a great deal of confidence in your user base to see some of the more longer established products still carry the venerable beta tag, especially since the Chrome went from beta to 1.0 o so very quickly.
I like the idea of user input, it has worked well for Dell and even better for Ubuntu and shows that when you get a community behind your philosophy and you show that you are truly listening to what they want and not just delivering what you think we need the sky truly is the limit not only for your business, and it reputation as “A Listening Company “tm (again I’m joking) but for the users of your services as well.
All the best in this new endeavour...

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Admin said...

In Gmail, whenever I have mail for which I want to lable it, I need to use drop down menu to choose a lable. It is painful when I want to apply different lables for different mails. Instead of drop down menu, Google should support buttons for most used labels (manually applied not becuase of filter). This makes Gmail even better

Lou Minatti said...

Google has plenty of products already. They just don't know how to market them properly. For a start these non-search product should be spun off to their own domains.

Niraj said...

Please split the mobile product ideas out by platform so you don't get people burying ideas just because they're for another platform, and it's easier to promote ideas for a platform you're interested in.

Ideally you wouldn't have to do this, but the different platforms are not on a level playing field when it comes to available mobile apps. For instance, Blackberry already has a software sync solution, while Windows Mobile does not. Without platform separation, if I submit the suggestion for Windows Mobile, Blackberry users may bury the idea. Likewise, Windows Mobile users would be able to find WIndows Mobile-specific ideas easier if they were in their own section.

Other than that, this thing is a great idea and it's good to see an effective method of soliciting feedback!

JASG said...

What happens if I want to leave an idea about Google Webmaster tools? Got anything other than mobile?

Charbax said...

I've ot some ideas for how to improve the Google Moderator script so that it will revolutionize the world. Even Obama is using that script. But please, you need to add a few features for the crowd sourcing to actually start to make more sense.

Also, you have all the users emails, so please just promise that you will eventually possibly contact the user to give him a reward at one point in the future just in case that original plan he submitted to you inspired you to launch the next big billion dollar revenue project. Seriously Google, ideas and crowd sourcing can have a great value, you can acknowledge that value by posting a simple statement and adding a few features to enable idea development in Google Moderator.

Seriously, Google Moderator is the start of something big, it needs more features. Please don't stop improving the Google Moderator script. I posted a bunch of my ideas at http://moderator.appspot.com but there is no way to know if anyone at Google or otherplace has read my suggestions.

rotten03 said...

Allow me to move the left tab back to the top on iGoogle.

framonteiro said...

please google, create a internet free provedor (ex: terra)

Sudhanshu Sinha said...

I guess one of the most important idea is to develop a good project management tool which has To-do ,mail,Calendar and notes as desktop application. Which can then sync with online google alternatives and can give the access to the data. Outlook is not good enough for all this. Its very slow,ugly and unresponsive.

Marina said...

Congratulations!
I've posted before ideas at some Google Products Groups.
I agree with the idea of extending the service to all your products and I'm looking forward to that.
All the best for you guys.

Samuel said...

I have a criticism to make.

Why in the older ideas in Product Ideas appear first? This is a problem: The older messages are super very voted and the new ideas have no vote. With 100 votes, we could know if the idea was approved or not.

Thank you,

s said...

votes are not meaningful it seems like :-)

search on fingerprint and see for yourself. Looks like public opinion sways a lot even though the generic idea (posted by me) and then someone else's idea - have common thread. May be Google needs to do their own voting anyway :-)

nicoz said...

I have an idea:

Create an application to save very quickly web notes, lists, reminders, phones and many texts or images stuff. In this application we could share or publish notes. The option to export to gdocs or to put labels to our notes would great too.

Ah yeah... I'm stupid... It exists and it call Google Notebook ... Sorry, it has existed.

/ * tanslation made by google.translate /

abc123.com said...

I can't believe Google doesn't use youtube to sell things on the Internet. It's perfect for people that collect cars, guitars, as I do, as well as many other things. You have the money and the support to easily make it safe for users!
I'm not talking about little clay pots for old ladies, I'm talking about Horse's and dogs, etc, just like the cars, people want to really see them move,or what ever. Thanks, Bob at www.abc123.com

Vliegendehuiskat said...

I have another idea for google.....
However this not a google mobile idea so I'm just posting it right here.

How about the search preferences?
They are currently stored in a cookie on the users computer.
However a lot of users remove their cookies automatically, so how about integrating the search preferences into the account data google stores with the users that have a login?

The effect would be that these preferences will automatically be loaded en renemberd whenever a users signs into their account and searches from there on in that browser session.

Lesley said...

how about a reminder app that can easily be set for every 4 hours or something like that (ie if you need to remember to take antibiotics several times a day or something). Maybe you can do this in Notes but I'm not sure it's obvious. Obviously you can set your task list, but that is clunky... Aging population will be needing more medications, not to mention diabetics...

michael said...

I have an idea for the regular search engine. When I'm searching for something, many times i want to do the same search a few days later in the hopes that there will be something new. Why not have the option to search for only newly posted stuff put up on the internet?

Peter said...

Thanks for the NEW WAYS TO LABEL in Gmail, but please ENLARGE THE DELETE BUTTON which I use more than any other. Its a bit harder to quickly get to with my cursor.
I rarely use the "Report Spam" button and it is larger.

Justin Cook said...

CALENDAR WISH:
It would be very helpful to allow an event TWO or MORE COLORS (the user could select 2 or more colors that create stripes or a background- like a colored shadow) representing the event is shared by two or three currently used calendar events.
When my wife and I plan on doing the same event- it's rather odd to have both our calendars showing the same block of time- only in our respective colors. It would be cool if one block of time represented multiple calendars by a striped or shadowed demarcation.

Tracy said...

Make gmail better so all kinds of phones/people can get thier mail, my phone is called AX something I forgot what it's called, but I have to wait and go to the library to get better mail and to get all the info. that does not show up on my phone.

bdlinters said...

it's a great news for the user....

Scharlette said...

I miss the ability to be able to save a favorite in Maps. I had a windows mobile phone and upgraded to a G1. On the windows mobile I could add an address, or a business location that I frequented to my favorites and it was easy for me to be able to map or route directions to and from those places. Please get it back for android.

Liz said...

I miss a way to import my contacts' birthday dates to my calendar. that'd be great

appan said...

2009 is 8 months old
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James said...

I have an idea for Google chrome, it should sense a website link, even though its not a real link, or, if you highlight it and right click, you could put, 'go to site' along with the 'search Google for "...."' or you could highlight and drag to the top, and let you put it in a new tab so you don't loose the tab you're on. And, you could have Google Wave's spell checker for Google chrome? maybe it'll be in the OS. Can't wait to find out.

Ricky said...

I frequently enter a meeting in my Google Calendar with the full address, then have to go to Google Maps separately to get a map showing the location. Idea: Have Google automatically add the relevant map image to calendar entries when an unambiguous address is entered.