Google I / O
Today at Moscone West in San Francisco, we’re kicking off our largest developer conference of the year, Google I/O . Over two days, 5,000 people from 66 countries will hear from 200 speakers, see 180+ developer demonstrations and participate in more than 90 technical sessions, breakouts and fireside chats to meet engineers from Google and partner companies. At last year's I/O , we demonstrated the potential of HTML5. Since then, the web has moved from a promising platform to a compelling setting for developers to build apps. This week we’ll celebrate this ongoing evolution of the web and share some of our latest work in moving the web forward and keeping it open. Today we're announcing Google App Engine for Business , which offers new features that enable companies to build internal applications on the same reliable, scalable and secure infrastructure that we at Google use for our own apps.
<img src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/epicenter/2010/02/1444417344-googlebuzzlogo68.png" /> Since you’re probably a little Googled out with the barrage of announcements coming out of I/O Wednesday, we’ll keep this one brief. Google has publicly released an API for Buzz , its real-time social product for sharing status updates, comments, photos and other media on the web. Here’s an overview from Google’s DeWitt Clinton. The Buzz API is still branded as a “Labs” release, so you can expect things to change over the coming weeks. But it’s already looking fully-formed.
<img src="http://www.webmonkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/icon-gold.png" alt="icon-gold" title="icon-gold" width="215" height="174" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-47466" /> SAN FRANCISCO — When Google announced it would be releasing the VP8 video codec under an open source license, all of the major browser vendors jumped up to support it. Well, all of them except Apple.
<img src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/epicenter/2009/10/home_visualdesign_200x100r.jpg" /> Google has announced a new Font API and a collection of free, open source fonts anyone can use in their site designs for free. The Google Font API allows you to embed any of the new Google fonts on your website using CSS. The fonts themselves are quite nice, with a range of script, serif, sans-serif and monospace typefaces. They can all be used to style text via @font-face . There are only eighteen fonts available — so there’s probably no need for Typekit to worry that Google is muscling in on its territory.
<img src="http://www.webmonkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/picture-1-298x300.png" alt="Dreamweaver CS5" title="Dreamweaver CS5" width="200" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-47120" /> SAN FRANCISCO — Adobe will begin shipping a package of HTML5 web design tools for Dreamweaver, the company says. The HTML5 Pack for Dreamweaver will available for download on Adobe Labs some time on Wednesday. It will be a free download for anyone who owns Dreamweaver Creative Suite 5 , and Adobe will roll it into an automatic update for Dreamweaver once the add-on pack has been thoroughly tested.
<img src="http://www.webmonkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/webm-devpreview.png" alt="webm-devpreview" title="webm-devpreview" width="180" height="60" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-47445" /> SAN FRANCISCO — The web received a shiny new gift Wednesday morning — a truly open and royalty-free video codec for HTML5 web pages. The new open media project is called WebM . As expected , the VP8 codec is at the center of WebM. Google acquired the video technology earlier this year, and developers have been itching with anticipation for Google to release VP8 as open source code.
Today during a press discussion at Google I/O, Matthew Glotzbach , Google’s Director of Product, Enterprise, strongly hinted that Google Apps would soon be getting a key new feature: unified search across all of a user’s Google Apps. In other words, there’s a good chance that we’ll soon be able to enter a search query into, say, Gmail, and see not just matches from Gmail, but also results in Google Calendar, Docs, and Wave as well. The topic was brought up by a reporter during the event, who asked if a unified search feature was in the works. Glotzbach coyly responded that “he couldn’t agree with [him] more” about the benefits of such a feature, but that “he had nothing to announce on that front.” He then reiterated that he thought it was a great idea, and hinted that we’d probably see a “unified search layer” first across Google’s own Apps, and that eventually it would be worked into other applications available through the Google Apps Marketplace.
Today at Google I/O during the Chrome press session, one question seemed to come up over and over again: why build a new Chrome Web Store when there is already an Android Marketplace? This is the latest extension of the thought that two different areas within Google (Android and Chrome) are increasingly competing with one another as platforms. But Google has a different take. For them, it’s about natural selection for now. And eventually, it will be about a natural convergence.
Today at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, Google showed off a preview of a major new product: the Chrome Web Store . Yes, this is an app store for the web. As you can see in the images below, those big icons are all web apps. This is where the apps you choose in the store with reside. In the store itself, you will see a gallery full of these icons (much like the Chrome Extension gallery, or the Chrome Theme gallery). You can see ratings for the apps, as well as reviews.
Google is taking aim at Apple’s dominance of online music, offering Android users the opportunity to buy music on the web and have it automatically sync to their mobile devices — as well as stream all the music on their home computers to their phones. Google announced the new initiatives at its Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco Thursday. Google announced it had purchased Simplify Media, one of a number of companies that makes software that lets you stream music from your home computer to mobile devices. Apple recently purchased a company called LaLa that lets you stream your own music from its central servers, once it’s identified the songs on your computer and mirrored them in the cloud. Apple is widely expected to integrate some portion of that service into iTunes, its software for syncing and buying media with mobile devices and traditional computers. But Google says it wants to make syncing music simpler.
If the browser is the new operating system, where will we buy software for it to run, and content for it to display? Google thinks it has found the answer, with its Chrome Web Store, announced at its own Google I/O conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. Just like you can buy apps for your iPhone, Android, or other smartphone, you’ll soon be able to purchase web apps for your browser. This not only gives app developers a new avenue for selling their software, but will allow content industries such as news publications, video producers and musicians to sell web content, having notoriously struggled to make their content pay online in the absence of such a store. For instance, a record label will be able to sell an album that displays extra content within a web browser as music plays, and publishers creating paid mobile apps will be able to apply the same approach to the web, perhaps charging $5 a month for premium access to their publications.
At Thursday’s Google I/O keynote, VP of engineering Vic Gundotra repeatedly ripped into Apple , and he did it right off the bat. The video above, which just came out, shows the first ten minutes of his keynote where he discusses why the world needs Android. But that is not the interesting part.