Here is a small portion to provide a glimpse of Google’s new services and products. For now, it’s sufficient to arouse the interest of users, developers and competitors alike. But will they remain excited? Let’s wait for the reviews.
Google glasses: Project Glass is as exciting for tech geeks as a new toy for a toddler. That is what kept the audience enthralled at the Google’s ongoing annual I/O conference in California seemed more a setting for a Guinness World record than a tech event. The glasses have a built in camera features augmented reality and smartphone capabilities. Google’s attempt at renewing interest about wearable computers, a concept dating back as early as the 1960s, is a risky venture. Back then, interest over such gadgets wore out quickly for varied reasons. Perhaps the life span of Google glasses will last longer for its applications. Google has offered special delivery and pricing at USD 1500 for app developers. Though Google hasn’t said as much, creating Android applications on this peculiar platform will require the ability to think out-of-the-box.
Nexus 7 android: The new tablet displayed at the conference is definitely a pleasant surprise. The video presentation on CNET showed off the sleek 7 inch Nexus 7, ‘as light as an average paper book’ The tablet comprises the all new OS Jelly Bean 4.1, a total 16 quads core CPU, a gyroscope and accelerometer for high performance gaming, longer battery life worth upto 9 hours video play and upto 300 hours standby time. Other outstanding features include:
- new content discovery
- customized content
- Google chrome as standard browser
- High definition graphics ‘perfect’ for game apps
- Google maps that displays detailed information which includes interior view, information and reviews of the select location and can be saved offline
- Google continues to maintain their association with providing for the ‘masses.’ The starting price is a reasonable USD 199.
Apps: Google also announced of a sum of 2 billion Android apps installs to date. Of these, 50 per cent of paid apps account for in-app billing, which are intended to be improvised for better transaction purposes. ‘My Android apps’ section has some new app controls out on Google Play store. In addition to remote app installation, users can also uninstall them. ‘Smart App Updates’ tab feature can update app versions quickly and easily because of their small size. As a security measure, app encryption has been provided exclusively for Jelly Bean.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: Finally, the much hyped new Android OS. Google Now detects through web history to determine user-specific information and presents them in an array of cards on the UI. Fast and smooth touch experience is provided through ‘Project Butter,’ which has the ability to predict and display results instantly and there are gesture features to aid the blind. Apps will no longer call for disruption during usage because the new Notifications widget allows users to perform actions such as make and receive calls and text messages.