Google’s annual developer conference – Google IO 2011 ended on 11th May, 2011. As anyone would have expected it was very exciting and full of next generation products. Google I/O brings together thousands of developers for two days of deep technical content, focused on building the next generation of web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Google Chrome, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.
We have been busy collecting every ounce of important news from this awesome event and here are the highlights to cover it all.
1. Google I/O Countdown
2. Android Announcements
Over 100M Android devices activated worldwide with 400K activations added every day. There are now 310 Android devices from 36 OEMs on 215 carriers in 112 countries.
The latest version of android i.e. Honeycomb had an update now as Honeycomb 3.1 and will be available to Motorola Xoom 3G devices as a first receiver. You can resize widgets rather than scrolling back and forth to view data on corners. Android features true multitasking and 3.1 makes it very easy to quickly switch between multiple running tasks. One of the major thing about 3.1 is, it will support USB devices. That enable you to connect pen drives, joy sticks etc. to your tablet and extend its functionality.
Google announced next version of Android as Ice Cream Sandwich.
This version can be installed for any android device. Which means you have Ice Cream Sandwich for both, smartphone and tablet. This is unique flexibility is an important feature as currently Android 2.1 and 2.2 are optimized for smartphones while Android 3.0(Honeycomb) is optimized for tablets. Ice Cream Sandwich fills this gap between 2.x and 3.x branch.
Ice Cream Sandwich also brings immense UI improvements featuring sleek interfaces. Advanced app framework will help developers in terms of flexibility and development speed.
Google has started movie rental system on Android market. Users can search and subscribe for their favorite movie directly from Android market. As subscriptions from Android market are tied to the user’s Google account rather than device you can watch same movie from another android device without subscribing again.
3. Music beta by Google Click here
Upload your personal music collection and access it instantly on any web browser or compatible Android device without the hassle of wires or syncing. This is a similar service like Amazon cloud player we reviewed earlier.
Currently, this service is available only in US and you have to ask for an invitation from Google to get your hands on it.
4. API Announcements
Google Storage API
For those of you who have been waiting to use Google Storage, they can get a Google Storage for Developers account without needing to request an invitation. Google have improved this service by including more flexible and powerful security features, simplified sharing, the ability to store data in Europe, support for larger objects (up to 5 TB), team-oriented accounts and a completely free promotional tier.
Google Prediction API
The only cloud service that allows businesses to access sophisticated machine learning with only a few API calls and by utilizing the flexibility of Google Storage.
Google Places API
You can take advantage of this API to build powerful location based mobile and desktop applications.
5. Google Chrome
Google’s world class and fasted web browser – Chrome have 160 Million active users this year which was 70 Millions last year. Chrome web store have grown to be available in 41 languages now.
Most popular touch screen game – Rovio’s Angry Birds will be available in Chrome Web Store and can be enjoyed from the browser.
Google had been testing their ambitious new Chrome OS system since last few months. Final products – Chromebooks with Chrome OS – will be available from 15th June. Google had tie up with Samsung and Acer to build hardware for Chromebooks.