Google I/O 2012 Day 2

The first announcement of the keynote was that the Google+ Events was a big success, with 2000+ in attendance and more than a thousand activated Party mode. This resulted in more than 13,000 photos being uploaded for Extended Hours on day 1 of Google I/O.

And at the end of the day, the developers wouldn’t walk away empty handed: each of them got a brand new Samsung Chrome box. Jealous.

Google Chrome for iOS

Google announced that Chrome has 310 million active users, and with the release of Chrome for iOS, the number is set to climb.

The general consensus is that Chrome for iOS is not as speedy as Safari due to third-party developer restrictions that Apple has in place, but still full of great features like syncing of web history, settings and tabs across all signed-in Chrome windows on any devices, edge swipe to change tabs, request desktop sites to circumvent sites who forcefully offer you mobile versions of their sites, and much more. Hit the links below for more in-depth hands-on.

image courtesy of ars technica

Google Chrome for iOS hands-on [ars technica]

Google Chrome for iOS hands-on [The Verge]

Google Chrome for iOS hands-on [TechCrunch]

Google Chrome for iOS hands-on [engadget]

Google Apps

Google announced that Gmail has 425 million users. And also offline editing functionality has been added to Google Docs, and is rolling out to Spreadsheets, Presentations and other apps soon.

The Drive SDK version 2 is also released.

Google Drive for iOS

image courtesy of ars technica

Google released their Drive app for iOS on day 2 of their keynote. It provides mainly read-only access to your files, viewing files are speedy. The interface is much like the web version, files are sorted alphabetically and presented to you in a list format. Editing a file is possible but you would have to open the file in safari and access Drive’s web application. The search functionality is demonstrated to be really powerful with OCR and image recognition, which allows you to search non-text documents and even pictures. This powerful search was demonstrated in the keynote, where a search for “pyramid” turned up a picture with a pyramid, even though the picture wasn’t tagged with such word. Check the links below for in-depth hands-on.

Google Drive for iOS hands-on [ars technica]

Google Drive for iOS hands-on [TechCrunch]

Google Drive for iOS hands-on [engadget]

Google Drive for Chrome OS

Google Drive was also announced as the file system for Chrome OS, confirming rumors when Drive was released about 10 weeks ago.

Google Compute Engine

Google announced a competitor to Amazon Web Services, their very own Google Compute Engine, which offers raw computing power to your application in the form of virtual machines, on demand. It can provide up to 700, 000 cores for your app. A live demonstration of the powerful new service showed huge increases in speed of computing relationship within the human genome. What took 1000 cores 10 mins to calculate a single relationship, now takes less than half a second on 700, 000 cores.

Google IO 2012 Day 1

Missed the Google IO 2012 Keynote? No worry here are the major announcements!

Project Glass

Live Demo of Project Glass at Google IO 2012

Hands-on by TechCrunch with more photos

Details of Google Glass by Engadget with more photos

Get glass when you pre-order glass! by Engadget

How Google pulled off their Project Glass demo [TechCrunch]

Google+

Google+ Events video

Google+ App for Android hands-on [The Verge]

Google+ App for Android and iOS by Wired

Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7

Hands-on by Engadget

Hands-on by Gizmodo

Hands-on by TechCrunch

Hands-on [Wired]

Nexus Q

Nexus Q

Nexus Q hands-on by Engadget

Nexus Q hands-on by Gizmodo
More coverage by The Verge

Android Jelly Bean

Google Now Traffic card
Google Now Appointment card

Jelly Bean hands-on by The Verge

Speed comparison between Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich by Gizmodo

Google Now and its hands-on by The Verge

Google Play with movie, TV, magazine support by The Verge

New YouTube app for Android by Engadget

A look inside Leap Motion, the 3D gesture control that’s like Kinect on steroids | The Verge

A look inside Leap Motion, the 3D gesture control that’s like Kinect on steroids | The Verge.

This motion tracking technology is so cool you HAVE TO click to the source and check it out for yourself.

Providing what seems like instantaneous response and tracking precision up to 0.01mm, while costing less than $70 (estimated) and is about the size of a USB drive, the Leap is a product I want to get my hands on. Imagine Windows 8 with the Leap, glorious touchscreen technology without bending over to touch the screen!

How Microsoft’s tablet Touch Cover could change game controls | Ars Technica

How Microsoft’s tablet Touch Cover could change game controls | Ars Technica.

New generation of games that utilize the pressure-sensitive keyboards? Sounds cool to me! Imagine creeping up stealthily towards your opponents (pressing lightly on the keyboard), then as you are just a few feet away u just sink your fingers deep into the W key and click. BAM! Assassination!