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Google I/O 2014: A Bigger Bet on Android and a Strategy to Close Microsoft Office

On stage showing off the Chromebook at Google I/O 2014. Credit: Google.

What was the biggest news out of  Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) (NASDAQ: GOOG  ) I/O developer conference? Guest host Alison Southwick puts these questions to Fool analysts Nathan Alderman and Tim Beyers in this week's episode of 1-Up on Wall Street, The Motley Fool's Web show in which we talk about the big-money names behind your favorite movies, toys, video games, comics, and more.

Tim says Android stole the show. Between the platform-unifying efforts unveiled with Android One to support for watches, TVs, and auto accessories, Google is aiming to have its software in every device capable of connecting to the Internet.

Meanwhile, a new version -- dubbed "Andoid L" -- is in development and features a "tile" design Google Now users will find familiar. Putting Android in more places should allow the search star to collect and monetize data while creating a more consistent experience for Google's most loyal users, Tim argues.

Nathan wasn't as impressed with the Android announcements. Instead, he believes a new version of Google Drive could materially disrupt Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Office. For just $10 a month per user, businesses get unlimited storage plus extra security and audit options, versus $15 a month for the full version of Office 365, which offers less storage. The search star also unveiled support for natively editing Office documents inside Google Drive.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. What did you think of the news out of Google I/O 2014? Click the video to watch as Alison puts Nathan and Tim on the spot, and then leave your take in the comments box below, including whether you would buy, sell, or short Google stock at current prices. You can also follow us on Twitter for more segments and regular geek news updates!

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Tim Beyers first began writing for the Fool in 2003. Today, he's an analyst for Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. At, he covers disruptive ideas in technology and entertainment, though you'll most often find him writing and talking about the business of comics. Find him online at or send email to For more insights, follow Tim on Google+ and Twitter.

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