Announcements Google made at this year’s I/O conference.
Google concluded their I/O conference last week and the attendees sure got one awesome event. Not only did they get to hear about the latest mobile and desktop developments at Google in person but they also walked out with the latest goodies- a revised and special edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a vanilla back and a Chromebook. The Galaxy tab 10.1 is already selling on ebay for about US$1000 which is double the ticket price to attend the event so you already got double your money worth.
But lets let the financial aspects out of it and talk about some of the announcements Google made. First up is the announcement of the immediate availability of Android 3.1 (for Xoom users, at least) as well as a brand spanking new version 4.0 which will happen some time in the last quarter of this year. Honeycomb 3.1 should hopefully solve a few of the complains that I have with the current version such as the generally lag in usin the unit- expect my Xoom review later this week.
Version 4 of Android will finally merge the mobile and tablet versions- much like Apple did with IOS 4.1 and bring harmony to developers. Not much info was shared on this version of Android other than it will be called Ice Cream Cake- following the traditions of names based on desserts for Google mobile Operating systems.
Seperately, Google showed developement on ChromeOS which is more or less a thin client with everything running from a browser. I’m not really sure why we have two different Operating systems being developed simultaneously- they can easily merge Android and ChromeOS, especially since Android 4.0 is being touted as one OS that can run across multiple platforms- from set top boxes to cars to mobile phones and tablets.
I wont be surprised if the two are merged together at next year’s IO.