Maybe this will turn out better than the Nexus One disaster… or maybe it too will have a steep ecosystem opportunity cost. BTW I definitely expect Google to proclaim the Nexus One was a huge success – a bold means of accelerating market evolution around Android etc., but that simply isn’t going to fit with the facts at the time of the Nexus One launch, nor is it going to undo the damage Google has done with customer and partner relationships.
Google loves to build platforms on which programs run--Android, App Engine, iGoogle, and in the biggest picture, the Web itself. But platforms are of no use or fun without applications on top, so Google often also kick-starts development with applications of its own.
Now it appears Google is interested in boosting development in a variety of casual gaming and entertainment areas with the acquisition of LabPixies, announced late Monday. The company offers a collection of games and lightweight utilities that run on iGoogle, Google's customizable home page, and on the iPhone and Android phones.