Day 1 of Google I/O featured all the “cool” announcements, with the introduction of Android 4.1 Jellybean, the Google Nexus 7 tablet, and the Nexus Q. The long keynote ended with a live demo of Google Glasses, which included skydivers jumping of a blimp. So, how do you top that?
By showing a behind-the-scenes look at how the live demo of “Project Glass” was put together. That’s how the keynote address of Day 2 ended, but not before a slew of announcements and information was discussed. This time, the keynote was focused more on the software side of things, which included various Google applications such as Chrome, Google Drive, Gmail, etc. Here are some of the highlights.
- Google Chrome: Starting off with Chrome, Sundar Pichai, SVP of Chrome and Apps, announced that Chrome has over 310 million users, making it the most popular browser in the world. Following that was the announcement of the availability of Chrome for the iPhone and iPad.
- Google Drive: There were a lot of statistics (10 million signups) and uses (image recognition technology) discussed. This was again followed by the announcement of the launch of Drive for iOS.
- ChromeBook: Continuous and regular updates promised for the Chrome OS. Chromebooks will also now be available in-stores at Best Buy, and will reach other retailers later this year.
- Compute Engine: One of the final announcements were about “Compute Engine,” expected to be in direct competition with Amazon’s Elastic Cloud Compute and Microsoft’s Azure. Compute Engine is a service that will allow you to run Linux Virtual Machines on the same infrastructure on which Google is based. Didn’t make much sense to me, but should be great for developers.
You can watch a video of the keynote from Day 2 of Google I/O here. Only if you have an extra hour and twenty minutes that is. Don’t forget to catch the behind-the-scenes footage of the live Google Glasses demo, at the end of the video.