was developed by Patrick Mercier, professor of electrical and computer engineering and Jospeph Wang, professor of nanoengineering, along with their colleagues at UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.
sought a cloud-based solution that would allow the firm to scale within existing market segments and expand into larger enterprise segments as well.
Fevered speculation mounted throughout 2007 that Google was working on its own so-called GPhone
As a result, the service can be deployed within other Google applications and made available via Google's application programming interfaces for Apps, the Gphone
and possibly the OneBox API used by licensees of the Google Search Appliance.
However, Google is of course hot on their tails with over half of the share of the world's online searches and there are even rumors of a Google mobile phone, aptly named the Gphone
. Ask.jp, the Japanese branch of Ask Jeeves, has partnered with Walt Disney Japan to include an Ask.jp search bar at the top of the Disney website, gaining them valuable customers in a competitive search engine market.