About a year ago, I woke up in hospital and I asked my boss Adrian, "What did Google launch at Google IO 2010?"
Yeah crazy times but its weirdly true, maybe its all consistent with my memory of a series of dreams being in a Google run Hospital…
Anyhow, this year I was happily alive to be able to experience 2011’s Google IO (from the stream of course)
These are the highlights I saw…
- Android 3.1 Available on the Google TV with Apps!
At last a decent set top box with decent application framework. Plus the ability to create your own apps and deploy them to your own TV. Dare I say it BBC Micro for the 21 century? Plus Android will be the same on Mobile, Tablet and TV, very interesting for design challenges.
- Android@Home framework for home automation
Amazing move by Google to bring some automation standard to the area. Shame its there own standard instead of supporting someone elses. But I can’t wait for Google to create a very simple web application to take advantage of this framework
- Google Chrome web store across the board including paid for webapps
The web store is already making a difference to the way I am using my machines. Mozilla has backtracked on there Prism framework and are also creating a webapps store.
- Android Open accessory standard
Just the Android@Home framework, its great to see Android part of something much greater. The demos of a Xbox and Playstation remote plugged into an Android device is great. I can’t wait to see Bluetooth Keyboards as standard and using that NFC chip with other things. This also must mean the end of Microsoft’s Windows CE framework?
- The Android Arduino ADK
This is just simply cool, Arduino is well used and well loved. Mixing this up with Android is a good move.
- Google Music beta locker system
Amazon lead the way on this one, must of the Apple fan’s are saying so what? The difference is its my music! Its also what Google is good at doing… Adding meaning and machine metadata to your content. Now if only Amazon or Google would open it up to the UK and Europe. I’d love to upload my music to one of there lockers. Specially when uploading mixes…!
- Google Ice Cream Sandwich merges Tablet and Phone OS
Google finally answered the question of opening the sources of Android. It will "all be open source" said Google.
- Google Film & Music store with offline viewing
Interesting but not as interesting as all the other stuff…