The two day Google I/O conference ended yesterday with a ton of exciting news from the team over at Google. The event showcases all the projects Google have been working on for the past year and this year they did not disappoint.
During the event Google’s CEO really shot down Apple and really made a point to show the products and services they were delivering were completely going to cater for their shortcomings. In short heres what we can expect from them:
The new version of Android comes packed with brilliant new features and performance improvements:
JIT – Android’s Dalvik now runs a Just In Time compiler allowing Android to run 2-5 times faster!
Android Intent – You can now send specific instructions to your Android device. For example say your on your desktop and you’ve found the place you need to be tonight on Google Maps. You can literally press a button on Maps to send to your device. An Android Intent will be sent to Google’s Server and pushed to your mobile and will automatically open Maps for you with that given location. The demo was just awesome and is such a great feature to encompass this Cloud to device API.
Google Voice Translation – This is a very useful travel feature – Google can now use their voice recognition software to translate speech and then read it back to you. It can translate French, German, Chinese over the Cloud.
Tethering – You can now tether your Android to any other device and not only that but it can now act as a Wireless hot-spot for all the devices you carry with you. This will work amazingly on the HTC EVO’s 4G capable mobile.
Music Sync – Allows you to stream your music from your computer to your Android device. This is an insane feature, so so cool!
Enterprise Support – Android now includes new security features and allows for Microsoft Exchange support.
After a few initial technical glitches during the session involving getting tangled with wireless keyboards google unveiled limitless internt capability on your TV. They have collaborated with satellite companies to allow seamless integration without changing your TV source. For example if you wanted to know when Seinfeld is on instead of visually searching through the messy tv guide you could simply begin typing ‘Seinfeld’ on the keyboard and it will tell you if it’s on now or in the future. If the later you can record for later.
You still have full web capabilities using Google Chrome and your Android device can be used as a control as well as allowing voice commands to be sent directly to the box, pretty nifty! Google is really beginning to push their voice recognition software to all their products now.
Google Web Font API
Google simplifies the process of delivering custom fonts to your website. All you have to do is drop in a line of code and it will do the rest. At the moment their catalog is a little limited for choice but this will grow in time. Check it out: https://code.google.com/apis/webfonts/
Now you can integrate Google Buzz into your web applications: http://code.google.com/apis/buzz/
Chrome Web Store
Chrome will soon have it’s own Webstore and will support HTML5 applications and amazingly natively run Unity applications. This is astounding and totally the step in the right direction where gaming on the web is concerned.
Is now available to all. So if you don’t have it give it a go and see if it changes your workflow.