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.
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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
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 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.