Strange readings coming out of Google IPs...
Now here’s something that could be unspeakably exciting…
It looks like Google may be working on a PC operating system. Yep, that’s the rather huge news spilling from market research company Net Applications which uses software sensors at 40,000 web sites to measure traffic and record non-sensitive data such as operating system, browser, IP address, domain host, language, screen resolution and referring search engine.
Accordingly it has now revealed that approximately one third of visitors from Google.com to these sites were using an unrecognised OS – an unknown scenario since Net Applications claims its sensors detect virtually every operating system including almost all flavours of Unix and Linux and even Windows 7 pre-beta builds. Even more mysterious is the unrecognised response is because the OS identity was being specifically masked.
“We have never seen an OS stripped off the user agent string before,” said Net Applications CEO Vince Vizzaccaro to InternetNews.com. “I believe you have to arrange to have that happen, it’s not something we’ve seen before with a proxy server. All I can tell you is there’s a good percentage of the people at Google showing up (at Web pages) with their OS hidden.”
So what do we make of this? Cynics – nothing. Optimists, well… you can hang onto the notion that Google has openly said it did not see Android being confined solely to the mobile phone / smartphone market place.
Let the debate begin…