The office is abuzz with talk of the latest tidbits revealed in the keynote of Google I/O 2011. We’re always anxious to learn about new developments in the smartphone world that affect our industry and our customers. It doesn’t hurt to see what’s new for our own phones, too!
– 100 million Android devices activated worldwide with 4.5 billion application installs since the beginning of the Android Market
– Honeycomb 3.1 update coming to Motorola Xoom
– New OS “Ice Cream Sandwich” announced as the “one OS for everything”
– Android Market to include movie rentals, prices start at $1.99
– Music Beta, Google’s music storage and play-on-the-go character emerges and will be free while in Beta mode. Invitation-only membership right now.
– Thrilling news: Google and several carriers/providers will be partnering together to provide 18-month timelines for device updates, so there will be less uncertainty regarding when your next update will be rolling out
Though the keynote is designed to present the most attractive preview of what is yet to come, the two day developer’s conference is quite technical in nature. Topics for some of the breakout sessions include: Connecting people and places (Google Places integration), Introduction to Google Shopping APIs, and Life in App Engine Production.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to some of these fancy-schmancy upcoming additions to the Google world – what was the most exciting announcement for you?