Google IO was today. Their press conference of what’s going on in Google to the world I’ve got a quick summary of what I feel (as a non-developer) were the major and most interesting announcements. Not everyone will agree with this list.
The next Google OS is called Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s going to give us a new UI, a new application framework, and is going to be the OS that runs on their phones, tablets, and laptops. Bye bye Chrome OS and Honeycomb. (I don’t know why they didn’t do this to start with as full on flawless synching of everything has to be a main drive behind companies in the next few years.) The geek in me was jealous of everyone who was able to go.
Google didn’t buy Skype for 8.6 billion dollars. Microsoft did. Oh wait, that probably wasn’t announced here.
Google is delivering an admin free Chrome Frame Install. Meaning I may be able to run Chrome on thin clients at work.
A new Nexus device is coming out for the holidays. Probabyl won’t be in Verizon so I won’t care (and I’ll have a new phone before then anyway.)
Google is supposidly getting all of their carriers and OEM partners in line to actually provide new updates in a timely fashion.
The beta for Google Music launched! (I was not invited)
Fun stats: Over 100 million Android devices have been activated and over 400,000 activations are now occuring daily.
So there is a LOT going on in Google right now and we’ll be seeing a lot of changes this coming year!
Google has finally decided where it’s going to test out it’s 1 Gigabit fiber to the home network that it announced over a year ago and it’s testing it … Kansas. Well. That does nothing for me either directly OR right away but now that an announcement has been made and is potentially a long term ‘game changer’ in how broadband will be used across the country.
In selecting a city, our goal was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations. We’ve found this in Kansas City. We’ll be working closely with local organizations including the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the gigabit applications of the future.
Pending approval from the city’s Board of Commissioners, we plan to offer service beginning in 2012. We’ll also be looking closely at ways to bring ultra high-speed Internet to other cities across the country.
So a year after the initial announcement and still a year from implimentation and a huge chunk of cash being spent until we see this as a reality. Still I’m excited. In doing things this way they are creating a new backbone to the internet, one capable of huge boosts in speed and abilities to ammounts of data compared to what we know now. It’s not something that will clearly be happening overnight but over the next 10 to 20 years will quite again completely change how we use the Internet. (I know it’s been done before and done again but this is one of those moving from dial up to broadband kind of moments.)
Today’s screwing around with the search results and lack of customization in search in WordPress took me to all kinds of interesting plugins to change what you use to search WordPress. For the most part none of them really matched what I was looking for by default. It did however bring me to a little side project that Google has worked in previously called Google Custom Search. I spent a bit of time looking it over while taking calls at the day job and I have to admit I am intrigued. While I am not fully sure it is exactly what I need as a search solution for WordPress there is a good chance it is a step in the right direction.
Of course with how my mind works it got me thinking. A custom search engine could have countless possibilities if done right and Google is just giving it away (or charging at a low price for a few extra features) for what is quite an amazingly well put together out of the box search solution. I’m going to have to play around with it more when I get back from vacation but I have to say I’d be surprised if this didn’t find it’s way into one of more of my projects that pop up this year.
Google started the year off nicely by giving Buy Zombie a long overdue Page Rank update to 4. While none of my other sites have gotten a Page Rank update with the last round, none were penalized so I can’t complain in the slightest! I haven’t been working the marketing angle on any of my sites in quite some time so any positive change is just a very welcome and surprising bonus!
With all of the organization I’ve been doing the last couple of days this is just an added little bonus to help motivate me into launching my upcoming projects as well as working on new changes to the ones I currently have in place. Thank you added motivation!