Google I/O 2012

Every year, the  Google I/O developer conference becomes more and more popular.  Their famous Oprah-style giveaways certainly have something to do with the rising attendance, but for me, it’s really about the quality and quantity of talks that take place.

Tons of great new ideas, applications and concepts are demonstrated at Google I/O and if you’re a developer or simply love tech, it would be a shame not to take advantage of one of the 2 days left of the event that kicked off yesterday. For those who can’t attend the event in-person, Google I/O Extended allows you to livestream parts of Google I/Oevents from all over the world. Otherwise, you can always wait until the talks become available for free on YouTube, which should be in no time.

Google I/O Extended events are official  “viewing parties” that sometimes have their own extra talks before the viewing of the Google I/O keynote. For example, at the Montreal Google I/O Extended, there were 3 additional talks about Chrome development:

  • Chromium : Développement (French)
    Guidelines on how to add your own code to Chrome.
  • Outils de développement de Chrome (French)
    This talk demonstrated how after using Firebug for years, the default developer tool for Chrome surpassed it with its many features. If you ask me, this is the best web debugging system.
  • Chrome Extensions Best Practices
    At this talk, I learned best practices for maximum security when developing a Chrome add-on.

After those 3 sessions and a quick meal, it was time for the main event, the Google I/O 2012 Event. They unveiled so many great things, some of the highlights including:

Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean

  • Built to have the best speed performance
  • Add offline voice commands (don’t worry, it’s far from old “dumb phone” voice recongnition)
  • Better notification or, like they say, active notification with type specific functionalities.
  • Google Now is a new application that will, with time, learn to anticipate your needs. Say you’re a soccer fan (since we all have World Cup fever) and you’re always checking the scores for your favourite team, Google Now will learn your patterns and instantly give you score updates but also tell you when your team is playing next and even where to buy tickets to the game.

Google Q

Google Q’s hardware reminds me of some kind of mix between the Apple Air Port Express and Apple TV machine. With integrated speakers, and operating on a fully Cloud based system (buy a song or a movie with your computer or TV and it’s available anywhere), this seems to be a great contender to Apple TV and Air Port systems.

Nexus 7

Like the Nexus One or Nexus S, the Nexus 7 is the next official Google hardware machine. Besides being one hell of an amazing piece of hardware, it’s also only $199 ($209 Candian). A perfect size for reading a book, playing games, managing your life … you name it! And all for such a a small fee 

Are you going to buy one? I will for sure!! They’ll be available in Canada in a little less than a month.

Google + Events

Google+ is a nice platform for social sharing, but to be honest, I don’t use it that much. It’s not to say that it’s bad, but I’m so used to Facebook for all my social needs that I don’t see the point in using Google+. That changed today!!

Google+ Events is the perfect tool for creating and managing events. It takes care of the before, during and after the event. Creating an event is a breeze. It groups all the pictures of the event together and puts them into one easy accessible place that you can go back to once the event is done. Don’t take my word for it, check out this video :

Google Glass

What is Google Glass? It’s the new cool gadget in town. Still in it’s infancy stages, it acts as a sixth sense and provides extra information to the user about the world around them through a wearable Glass. For more info, check out this video:

Like the famous “one more thing” Apple does at almost every keynote, Google Glasswas showcased in its fully functional format and ended the event with a Bang!! We witnessed guys flying down from a plane, biking on a rooftop and then deepelling down the side of a building! Crazy stuff -watch below:

That was it for me for Google I/O 2012 in Montréal! Can’t wait to watch all of the talks and I hope you’ll do the same.

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