Every year thousands of the most innovative and entrepreneurial minds in the digital landscape make the pilgrimage to San Francisco for the Super Bowl of developer conferences; Google I/O. The topics and discussions range from Google’s latest updates on mobile, to the newest features in Chrome. There are endless takeaways from the keynotes and new releases, but here are a few highlights from the past few days.
Google Now, Siri and Nostradamus mixed in one convenient service. Google now takes aspects of the Google Voice Action Platform as well as Google Knowledge Graph into an all-encompassing system. It provides amazing information, but is heavily reliant on the user constantly feeding data into Google Now to give you relevant restaurants that have the type of food you enjoy, or where to spend your time in a new town. The bases for these decisions are directly tied to the information saved in the Knowledge Graph, meaning you must use all Google products from checking in to search queries.
Nexus 7 Tablet
Nexus 7 Tablet, aggressively finding market share between the Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy Tab. Much like the Kindle Fire it does not have 3G or 4G capabilities, but will allow you to connect to web via wifi. It is also more similar in size to the Kindle with a 7” display with 1280 by 800 pixel resolution. At $200.00 price tag it could certainly give the Fire a run for its money. It is being produced by Asus, and should come with all the Google amenities to be expected. It is lighter than the Kindle and has a battery life of 8 plus hours. While the iPad still reigns supreme, for the smaller tablet market it appears to be a frontrunner.
Google Project Glass, from skydivers to limited distribution. After much anticipation and eager gear heads pushing forum servers to the brink on release details, Google co-founder Sergey Brin gave some insight into release date and cost. With an expected consumer release date in early 2014 and a cost of $1,500.00 it will certainly be a very in demand product. And to put even more value of attending the Google I/O pre-orders are only being accepted by I/O attendees, all the more incentive to attend next year. The glasses are expected to have a substantial amount of RAM, voice commands, and of course a camera placed right above your eye that does not interrupt your vision or daily tasks.