Google I/O 2011 Roundup

Google held its annual developers conference last week and boy, there was a lot of news; from Android to Chrome, there was no shortage of announcements at Google I/O.

Android
During the two day keynote, Android took over on day 1.
The first day keynote began with statistics, Notable stats for Google’s mobile OS were:
– 400,000 device activations a day
– 200,000 apps in the Android Market
– There are now over 300 different Android powered devices.
Google has done a lot with their OS, making it the most used mobile OS around using the strategy of market saturation.
After statistics were out of the way, there were a few notable announcements including;

– Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb 3.1
Google announced a unified OS for both tablets and smartphones, Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Along with Ice Cream Sandwich, they also announced Honeycomb 3.1 which brings some much needed improvements and new APIs to Honeycomb. Basically fine-tuning the tablet OS. And speaking of Honeycomb, Google also announced the new OS will also be available for Google TV, including the Android Market.

– Google Music Beta and Movies
Google also launched “Music Beta”. Music Beta is a streaming music service which lets you upload your music to the cloud and access it on your Android devices. It offers automatic sync, a feature called Instant Mix and allows you to play your recently played music offline. Google also launched Movies for Rent on the Android Market, allowing you to rent thousands of movies starting at $1.99

– Android@Home and Open Accessory
Last, but not the least, Google unveiled a new API called Android Open Accessory which will allow developers to build new hardware accessories which will work with Android devices. They also showcased Android@Home, which allows Android apps to connect and control devices and appliances at your home.

Chromebooks:

Chrome overtook the second day of I/O and the OS is certainly coming along since we last saw it. In the past year Google has done a lot to the OS built on the web including;
– an updated file system
– Support for Adobe Flash
– Support for peripherals (cameras, USB sticks)
– New media player, a panel that can float over the current app or switched to full screen.
– Google’s new music and video services also work on Chrome OS.
– Photos: make it easy to get them into the cloud. Upload from SD card to Picasa (which can be installed as a web app).
– Webapps (such as Picasa) can plug into the Chrome OS file manager and register actions for files.
– Offline-enabled apps: Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, along with various third-party apps.

Overall, the OS has grown quiet a bit and has earned two new partners, Samsung and Acer.
– Samsung Chromebook: 12.1″ display, 8 hour battery, 8 sec boot, instant-on, always connected, 2 colors, $429 ($499 with 3G).
– Acer Chromebook: 11.6″ display, 6 hour battery, 8s boot, instant-on, always connected, starting at $349.
Google also announced that the they would rent out Chromebooks for education and businesses.

Google I/O 2011 was a huge event, and although most of what was announced won’t be released for another month or two, this summer is looking to be a Google filled one.

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Ian Schwartz had written 137 articles for TEKNAMI

Hello, I'm Ian (eye-an) I was born in Recife, Brazil and raised in the fridge tundra of Minneapolis, MN USA. I graduated from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL with an AA in Audio Recording Production and Engineering. I love tech, always have since I was a little tot and what better way to know more then to tell everyone else about it also. So here is teknami (tech-nah-me) Tek for tech and nami is a derivative of namesake.