6,000 excited developers had summoned live and an additional 1,000,000 was glued to their computer screens and tablets this morning, to see the next big thing from Google and what new platforms they could start building apps for. First up on the agenda for the day was the key note presentation, which started with a short clip of music and app illustrations coming together like fireworks.
To get the party started, Sundar Pichai (SVP Android, Chrome & Apps) show’s a picture of the St. Peter Church and the announcement of the new pope compared to eight years ago.
During this wave of technology revolution Google have launched two platforms, namely, Chrome and Android. Today, both of those platforms are the most used in the world and their user-base is growing every day. With 900M and 750M users, respectively, these two platforms is the major reason for the I/O conference and the major topic of discussion.
Hugo Barra (VP Product Management Android)
Google is realeasing some of their internal API’s for developers to create even more spectacular apps through their Google Play serivce. The Google Maps API is now offering Geo Fencing and Activity Recognition, they are also realeasing Google+ Sign-In, Google Cloud Messaging, and Google Play game services.
Google Play game services seems like a Google’s way of isolate games to the Android platforms. Not by hindering developers from using the iOs platform but rather through providing crucial tools that make it much easier for developers to use the Andriod platform.
Along this line was also the introduction of Andriod Studio which is an text editor on steroids for building Android Apps.
Ellie Powers (Product Manager, Google Play)
Being a metric oriented person, lika a product manager at google should be, Ellie gave us the number 5.
For the 5 new features to the Google Play Developer console;
1) Optimization Tips
-How can you get more money out of your app
2) App Translation Services
-This feature will easily help you translate your app by connecting you with multiple translation services around the globe.
3) Referral Tracking & Usage Metrics
– Google is adding Analytics direct to your development console and you can easily see what campaign referred you the most users.
4) Revenues Graph
– Easily see your revenu performance over multiple markets
5) Beta Testing & Staged Rollouts
-Divide your versions in to Alpha, Beta and Production. You can also stage your rollout in to a preferred percentage of your user-base.
Chris Yerga (Engineering Director, Android)
He start off mentioning the new, more personalized, version of the Play store but the most interesting part of his presentation was the much anticipated Google Play Music All Access.
This is Google’s first attempt t0 go after Pandora and Spotify which means that they could potentially add $6 Billion to their market cap if this giant gobble up their market.
The new layout is definitely something that speak in the favor of google, another one is the 900 million android users that are already online. It will be interesting to see the user growth of this service during their first six months.
Next session: Chrome
With over 750 million Chrome users, there is a large market for Chrome apps.
Google is hoping to improve the Mobile web experience as much as they have improved the desktop web experience through leveraging Chrome on both platforms. As a little side note Sundar brought up Chrome Pixel, Google’s latest laptop prototype. It has awesome, with its touch display and keyboard all working seamlessly with the most vivid display out on the market.
Then Linus Upson came on to the stage and went in to optimization mumbo-jumbo that most developers would drool over, but I want to see where Google is going next so I’ll spare you guys the pain and just show this picture instead.
After the tech-spec talk Linus introduced the new Google Wallet, an attempt from Google to compete with Paypal and Square. Since Google already have most of your data it makes it much more seamless for you as a user as you can see below.
As you see ,this makes it much easier for you to spend your money on useless stuff that you really don’t need, or something neat to your mom.
Linus also presented a really cool collaborate way of tablet gaming by linking the devices together.
It automatically creates hashtags from your post after analysing your content. In this way you can dig deeper in to hashtags by easily clicking on it, in the upper right corner.
This might be Google’s final attack against Facebook by leveraging improved features such as automatic hashtags and their new photo editor which touchup your photos by one click.
They have also launched a new hangout app that competes with Skype and What’s App
They increase the size of the photos that you upload. Or as Linus said “Some of your memories are not meant to de downsized!”
Updated Google Maps
The new Google Maps uses Google+ to make your map experience more social and effective. You can easily screen restaurant suggestions among your friends and to make it even more useful Google have added Google Offers directly in to your Maps experience. This can be a killer for both Yelp and Groupon.
By integrating all these features around Google+ there might actually be a good chance that Google finally have come up with a formula for attracting Facebook’s users. If they succeed with this, what would be next?
The World, if you listen to Larry Page
Larry Page wraps up the keynote with a short Q&A session, where he talks about education and free speech. For more details you can read my comments on SprinkleBit.
These were the highlights from a 3 hour long keynote. I hope I saved you some time but that you can still brag about the latest technology at work.
If your’re interested in watching the whole thing yourself you can find it here