I dont know where google is heading towards but one thing for sure they are soon gonna be the indutry leader in fastest software development at least smallest s/w development life cycle.
They are releasing product almost on a daily basis and nobody knows for sure (ofcourse except google themselves) who they are competing with. Yesterday they added a new 3D designing tool in the list of the s/w from their labs. Dont know if they bought it or developed it but it certainly is a PR+ tool.
[Update] Google bought it not developed it just as I thought it earlier after seeing the logo of the 3D warehouse.
Announcement From GOOGLE :
The new 3D Warehouse is an online location where you can find and share 3D models.
|From within SketchUp, you can search among thousands of models stored in the 3D Warehouse.|
|You can download the 3D models you like best to use in SketchUp or view in Google Earth.|
|You can also upload your favorite 3D models into the 3D Warehouse to share them with your fellow designers.|
|The models in the 3D Warehouse include everything you need for your own 3D world, including buildings, houses, bridges, statues, sculptures, couches, cars, people, pets, and much more.|