Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What to Expect at Google I/O

Mashable - 
Google has a lot to do. Since its last developer conference, wearables have taken off, web-driven home automation became a real thing, in-car apps are taking shape, tablets have changed, and a full-on price war for cloud services has begun. 

The company has certainly made some moves in these areas, but it's saved plenty of big announcements for Google I/O, which kicks off at 9 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday with the conference keynote in San Francisco. Mashable will be there, reporting from the conference live.

If it follows a similar script of previous years, we'll hear from most of the consumer-facing services of Google, from Android phones to Maps, but in the past year Google has expanded its products considerably. It acquired Nest Labs, the maker of the popular connected thermostat, and it announced initiatives to bring Android apps to cars and wearables.

And that's just for starters. Google is dabbling into advanced mobile technology with its Ara and Tango projects. It also made its famous (or infamous, depending on who you're asking) smart glasses, Google Glass, available to all, even though the product is still technically in "beta."   Read More