When Google launched its EC2 rival, Google Compute Engine, last June, it set some high expectations. Sebastian Standil’s team at Scalr put the cloud infrastructure service through its paces — and were pleasantly surprised at what they found.
For the Android crowd, this was an eventful week, thanks to the many announcements at Google I/O. Here’s my first look at the Nexus 7 tablet and Android 4.1 on the Galaxy Nexus, which is temporarily unable to be sold due to Apple winning an injunction.
Despite the “Google+ is a ghost town” mantra, a number of high-profile people are active users. They also yelp when they’re unhappy and when Google+ Events went live, flooding feeds, that’s what some of them did — drawing attention to a launch for all the wrong reasons.
The hits keep coming from day two of Google I/O: The company announced the long awaited Google Docs offline capability, allowing users to edit docs without a connection to the web. Apple iOS gained the Chrome browser earlier in the day, but also get Google Drive.
Google’s Chrome browser is coming to iOS devices: The browser will be available both for iPhone and iPad via iTunes later today. This brings cross-device Chrome synching to iOS – and for Google represents a significant step towards capturing the mobile browser market.
Google is expected to focus much more on the Web during the second day of its Google I/O show, with news expected about a new cloud service that you first heard from GigaOM. Just like yesterday, we’ll be providing live coverage of the event here.
Google I/O got off to an eventful start thanks to keynote delays, pre-release of news on Google’s websites before it was announced on stage and an epic skydiving stunt. Here is a quick run-down of day one by the numbers:
As Android improves, so too does YouTube. Google updated its video application for devices running Android 4.0 or better by focusing on subscriptions and channels in the mobile interface. And you can now pre-load certain videos to help reduce the amount of buffering while mobile.
Google doesn’t mess around: The company demoed its Project Glass hardware with a live skydiving demo at Google I/O Wednesday. It also announced that developers are going to be able to pre-order Glass for $1500 – but said little about what Glass will actually offer.
At its I/O conference Google unveiled the next update to Android, version 4.1, aka Jelly Bean. The update, which will first become available as an over-the-air download next month, brings a lot of nice improvements and some cool enhancements to search, notifications and navigation.