Liveblog: Google I/O Keynote
Phone Scoop is on site for Google I/O! Read our liveblog of the event here for the latest in Android and Google news.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:44 PM: AND WE'RE DONE! Thanks for joining us, everyone!
Jun 27, 2012, 1:42 PM: Um, the crowd is pretty darned excited.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:42 PM: And also the Nexus Q. HUGE APPLAUSE.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:42 PM: One more thing?
Jun 27, 2012, 1:41 PM: Latest OTA Jelly Bean preview version on both.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:41 PM: Talking about the Android Developer Pack: Galaxy Nexus phone (big cheers). Nexus 7 tablet. (Even bigger cheers).
Jun 27, 2012, 1:41 PM: Google is thanking its developers (6,000 of which are in attendance).
Jun 27, 2012, 1:40 PM: They want to see how many people contribute at the party.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:40 PM: Kicking off Google+ Events with the After Hours party tonight. Should be a pretty epic Event with 80 gazillion photos.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:39 PM: Basically, Google wants people to share stuff, and that's what I/O is about.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:38 PM: Very airy, pleasant music. Sounds like Feist, but not sure.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:38 PM: Playing a video now that ties together all the new things announced, focusing on Google+.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:37 PM: Some final announcements.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:37 PM: And Brin is leaving the stage. Vic Gundotra is back to (i believe) wrap things up.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:36 PM: Really new technology, and Google wants developers to help shape it.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:35 PM: Can only be ordered from IO. Cost is $1500. Will be shipped in early 2013.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:35 PM: Developers can pre-order the Glass Explorer Edition, which will not be a consumer product. Only for US-based attendees.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:35 PM: It is a small team of people working on Google Glasses, and it is offering the Google Glasses project to developers.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:34 PM: Sergey Brin is speaking again. He appears to be very serious about Google Glasses. He says his own experiences over the last few months have convinced him that it's a neat project.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:32 PM: Showing how Google Glasses can be used in a Google+ Hangout to share real-time video of life moments.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:32 PM: And of course they are showing a demo video of a baby, cause that pulls at everyone's heart strings. Cute.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:28 PM: The Google Glass team has been field-testing the product for months. They think it's really cool. Not sure how practical it will be, but it sure looks like a neat concept.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:23 PM: Created an asymmetrical design, but one that is balanced.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:23 PM: Did everything they could to reduce the weight, etc.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:21 PM: Google hopes that it will become a better way for people to share things in a more natural and less intrusive way. Has to be light, out of the way, not overpowering, etc.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:20 PM: Amazing how small it us for what it can do. Glass to interact with the virtual works w/o distracting people from the real word. Close to your senses, but not blocking them.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:19 PM: Now that the jumpers have made it into the building and received a standing ovation, the are talking about Google Glass and how it works to record video and audio as well as receive video and audio. Sergey Brin has been wearing one since taking the stage. They've been working on this thing for 2.5 years.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:14 PM: YIKES!
Jun 27, 2012, 1:14 PM: And they are wrapping up by repelling down the side of the building, all streaming live with the Google Glasses. Nutty.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:13 PM: Now they are showing a live feed go some guys doing bike stunts on top of the Moscone center.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:13 PM: That was freaking awesome.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:12 PM: They are hoping to land on the roof of Moscone. Wow. Looks like they're are going to get there. Pretty lose. Amazing view of the city as they come down live over the air.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:12 PM: Really nutty. Those crazy Googlers.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:11 PM: I think he's going to transmit is jump live via the google Glass thing. WOW, live video feed of skydivers via Google Glasses and Google+ Hangouts.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:10 PM: Uh, dude is gonna jump.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:10 PM: Being able to share what you see live is "amazing" says Brin.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:10 PM: They are covered in GoPro cameras, so there should be some cool video of this.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:09 PM: He's talking live via a Google+ HangOut on video and they are going to jim out of an airplane. and try to land nearby.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:09 PM: Google is showing offa live demo of the Google Glasses project, that lets people see video superimposed over a single eye.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:07 PM: Sergey Brin is on stage!
Jun 27, 2012, 1:06 PM: You can selectively view all the photos contributed by a single attendee, and so on. I like this feature. I hope it comes to Google+ for iOS.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:06 PM: Event photo streams automatically assemble in chrono order, and let you see who contributed which photos. Photos can be analyzed based on viewer activity, and the software will automatically push them to the top as featured photos. Cool.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:04 PM: What do you do with the Event and the pix after everyone leaves?
Jun 27, 2012, 1:04 PM: Pretty cool idea, but of course it means all (or at least some) of the guests must be Google+ users.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:03 PM: Events get their own landing page and stand as individual pages/destinations online.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:02 PM: With Party Mode enabled, all the photos taken at an Event are automatically added to the Event and can be viewed in a slideshow. (This sort of steals a feature from the Samsung Galaxy S III). Neat idea.
Jun 27, 2012, 1:02 PM: Google+ Party Mode!
Jun 27, 2012, 1:01 PM: Google is giving us a run-down of all the special features in the Event page, which combines a lot of other pieces of Google's services, such as Calendar, Google+, Gmail, etc., to bring it all together.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:59 PM: Events can handle invitations, "cinema graphs" and other design niceties to make everything feel special and give it its own invitation.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:58 PM: Google+ for smartphones and tablets adds "Events" in the new version for better sharing across events.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:56 PM: Hmm, a mystery feature, yay!
Jun 27, 2012, 12:56 PM: Adding all these same improvements to the new version of the smartphone Google+ app.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:56 PM: The new Google+ tablet app hits Android today, and the iPad in the near future.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:54 PM: The new Google+ app for tablets is available starting today. Hang Outs is getting some serious attention in the tablet app.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:53 PM: Looks nice, reminiscent of the iPhone and Android smartphone apps, but laid out in a landscape orientation rather than portrait.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:53 PM: Google just announced a Google Android Tablet version of Google+. They think it is great version,
Jun 27, 2012, 12:52 PM: Google says more people use Google+ via their mobile devices than from the desktop. So, mobile is really important to it.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:51 PM: Want a seamless experience across all Google products/services. 150M monthly active users, 50% sign in daily, and many spend as much as 60 minutes poet day.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:50 PM: They really like that people are creating groups and sharing passions/communities within Google+. It's at the heart to is efforts to create a better experience for all Google users.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:50 PM: Also talking up Google+. THey are pleased with its growth over the past year.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:49 PM: Showing us a video about Google Play now. They are excited about the store's 1-year anniversary.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:48 PM: And Vic Gundotra is back on stage. oops like they are beginning to wrap up the keynote.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:44 PM: Google hasn't talked about the DRM associated with movies and TV shows that will be sold in Google Play yet. There's gotta be another shoe at some point.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:42 PM: The Cube shows up on every Android device in range. And can let people interact with it and adjust the playlist and let people take over. COol, but surely to be the cause of future fistfights.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:41 PM: Interesting, the Nexus Cube is a social device. It lets others (ideally, your friends) to send content to any Nexus Cube.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:40 PM: Can sync the media and send it to other rooms, etc. Pretty neat stuff.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:39 PM: Showing off how the Nexus Cube works. Think of how the Apple TV works with an iPhone and iPad -- but for Android phones and tablets instead.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:38 PM: It has Wi-Fi, and a bunch of other features, HDMI, and it runs its own version of Android.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:38 PM: In the interim, Google announced the Nexus Cube, a new consumer product that will work with TVs and such to push Google Play content to your TV.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:37 PM: (we're having some connectivity issues... please stand by.)
Jun 27, 2012, 12:37 PM: Sorry about the hiccup, folks. The internet crashed. Had to switch to a mobile hotspot.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:26 PM: Talking about updates to Google Maps now.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:25 PM: Have optimized the YouTube app for Jelly Bean and the Nexus 7.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:25 PM: Nexus 7 ships with CHROME as the standard browser.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:25 PM: "What's this song" widget -- its own version of Shazam, that will take you to the Google PLay Store to purchase it.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:24 PM: Offering new widgets from Google Play Store to help automatically recommend apps, movies, TV shows, etc.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:24 PM: Ah, but what about discovering new content?
Jun 27, 2012, 12:24 PM: Can purchase individual episodes, as well as entire seasons.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:23 PM: THe user interface doesn't look all that different. But, hey, TV content is cool, right?
Jun 27, 2012, 12:23 PM: Now showing us what movies look like in the Google Play store.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:21 PM: Giving us an overview of the Nexus 7 now. such as Google Magazine app, how it works with reading books, etc.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:20 PM: 1280 x 800 HD display, Tegra 3 with quad-core CPU, 12-core GPU (whoa). Games will be fast! Front-facing camera.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:18 PM: Built for Google Play. Runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Small, 7-inch tablet that is meant to tackle the Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook. Lots of applause.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:17 PM: Talking about an expansion of the Google Nexus program. The Google Nexus Tablet.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:16 PM: Speaking of tablets....
Jun 27, 2012, 12:16 PM: Magazines headed to Google Play as well.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:15 PM: Google Play adds movie purchases and television show purchases.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:13 PM: Google says this will save bandwidth. Win for carriers, developers, and users. Supported on Gingerbread and above.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:12 PM: With smart updates, users will be able to download only the parts of the APK that is changes rather than the whole app all over again.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:12 PM: The new Google Play store supports app encryption within Jelly Bean. Smart app updates being announced.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:11 PM: Countries sold in 132 countries, free apps in 190 countries, and 50% offer in-app billing.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:10 PM: 600K apps and games in Google Play, with 20B app installs on Android devices so far.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:09 PM: Next Up, Google PLay!
Jun 27, 2012, 12:09 PM: The platform itself is available for download now in a beta version, and Google will update the developer tools over the coming months.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:07 PM: Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Motorola Xoom in mid-July get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in July.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:07 PM: Want to know when it is availability.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:07 PM: They are recapping all the stuff for Android.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:07 PM: Very neat stuff, but a bit reminiscent of WebOS.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:06 PM: They are giving us a demo of how Google Now works, and how it stays in touch with data in real-time so that helps you manage your daily lives better.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:04 PM: Google trolls search behavior for automatically offering up-to-date sports scores. It also offers new travel toosl.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:03 PM: Google Now provides live updates for things such as booked travel reservations.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:03 PM: Google Now is location aware, and can tell you if you're going to be late for a meeting. It will tell you to leave now so you get there.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:02 PM: Google Now is about delivering the most useful and immediate result possible, such as timely public transportation schedules.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:01 PM: "Google Now" is the newest feature of Google Search.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:01 PM: The voice search demos are really interesting and really fast, though it's hard to know if Google optimized the performance for today's keynote.
Jun 27, 2012, 12:00 PM: Google has dramatically improved the voice search powers of Jelly Bean. It is much faster (at least on stage) than it used to be.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:57 AM: Some really cool expandable and collapsable with multitouch gestures. Very cool.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:57 AM: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean lets notifications offer much more functionality. You can Like Foursquare checkins, for example, from the notification shade rather than forcing the user to open the Foursquare app itself.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:56 AM: New features in the Gmail notification let users read all their emails from the notification shade.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:55 AM: Able to make calls directly from the notification share rather than having to exit and use the phone app.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:55 AM: The notifications will be improved with better and more useful display of information.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:55 AM: Changes to the notifications behaviors!
Jun 27, 2012, 11:54 AM: It brings new support for NFC for more seamless pairing and sharing.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:54 AM: JB also brings new features to Android Beam.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:54 AM: It is much easier to load images and swipe through a photo library, as well as compare photos side by side.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:53 AM: Jelly Bean brings improvements to the camera and gallery apps.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:52 AM: With Android 4.1 jelly Bean, there are much better accessibility options.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:50 AM: Google's Voice Typing will work even when the device is offline.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:50 AM: The widgets can be moved from screen to screen more easily, and can automatically resize when there isn't enough room on the screen.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:49 AM: With Android 4.1, the home screens have been designed to better handle widgets.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:48 AM: Jelly Bean includes many other improvements, though, and Google is about to get into those changes.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:47 AM: Google is using a lot of enhanced code to analyze the system on the fly to help improve the system performance.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:45 AM: Project Butter is to help improve things such as touch responsiveness in the operating systems. Also helps to conserve power.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:44 AM: Project Butter is to help improve things such as touch responsiveness in the operating systems. Also helps to conserve power.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:43 AM: He's talking about something called project butter.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:43 AM: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has been announced! Meant to make improvements to the performance of the system.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:42 AM: Android has seen massive growth in developing countries, with growth rates in the 400 - 500% range.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:41 AM: WOW. 1 Million new Android devices are being activated every day. 12 new Android denies every second of every day.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:41 AM: 100 million total activations in 2011. 400 million Android devices now in circulation.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:40 AM: The company wants to extend the Android ecosystem beyond mobile devices. "Momentum, Mobile, and More.
Jun 27, 2012, 11:40 AM: Vic Gundotra welcomed everyone. and now Hugo Barra is taking the stage. He's calling it the Android keynote.
The Nexus Q
It costs 3x as much as an AppleTV. It cannot be used on its own. Lacks Airplay-esque output, which means you can *only* use it with Google Play and YouTube.
No Netflix or Amazon support, let alone Hulu+ Support.
No Rdio or Spotify support.
It has a volume adjuster and audio amplifier, but no headphone output, so I'm not going to use it on my desk and lounge as a wireless receiver for my tablet when I want to listen to music (I have a 'chill out' pair of audiophile headphones, and of course, attaching them directly to a tablet is a PITA with the cord.)
I am having a very hard time understanding this device.
It costs 3x as much as an AppleTV. It cannot be used on its own. Lacks Airplay-esque output, which means you can *only* use it with Google Play and YouTube
It costs what it does because it's made entirely in the USA. I think that - and it's sex appeal - are its only real selling points.