Google IO 2016

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IO 2016; it’s coming to Mountain View

In the last six months, there has been a great deal of chatter about Google IO 2016, not merely about the tech, but the locale.  Google has decided for reasons as yet unknown to move it’s biggest conference of the year to Shoreline in Mountain View. If you’ve never had a chance to visit the area on the North East side of the Highway 101 in Mountain View, then you may not know that Google occupies most of it.

The structure of Google has changed as well this past year.  Google itself is now a subsidiary of Alphabet.  And the acclaimed Google X Labs has been renamed under Alphabet to “X”.  Like so many other internal features of the Search Engine, now many departments have been converted into subdivisions to serve under Alphabet, rather than Google.

At Google IO 2016, X may play a larger role.  Pushing forward with Autonomous vehicles and legislature, X has suggested the possibility that vehicles can pilot themselves.  It is likely that both the autonomous electric car and the various Toyota-based internet combustion-engined autonomous vehicles may play a part in IO 2016. (here’s to hoping that autonomous vehicles are the taxi service for attendees)

You might ask, what else am I likely to see at Google IO 2016 that isn’t already in the spot light?  It all depends on how much Google-y stuff you already know about.  There’s been talk of Android VR, Chrome OS, the merging of Chrome and Android, Project Tango, Chat Bots, and Personal Assistants or the likes of Amazon Echo. And very recently Google has debuted Google Spaces for the sharing and conversation of all.

Google has spent a great deal of time and money lately concentrating on two aspects of the new visual format of Virtual and Augmented Reality.  We most often see this stated as “VR”.  But Augmented Reality isn’t about creating spaces, rather adding to your current perspective.  Whereas Project Tango is looking to help developers map and create digital spaces from reality.  While it is currently possible to map a space using a 360 camera or an Android phone to make a Photosphere, the shadow and texture of that 3D space is rarely captured. Thus, Tango will resolve these previously inaccessible features. offering a true 3D experience.

Google Cardboard has introduced the idea that Virtual Reality is available to nearly everyone.  Using one’s Smartphone and a simple cardboard configuration, it is possible to experience a bit of the future of three-dimensional visual stimulus.  It may be possible that Google will give away some real VR headsets at IO 2016.

The tidbits that are not the top spots on the Google IO 2016 radar include Project Aura: Google Glass 2, Project ARA: Modular Smartphone, Google Messaging: What’s App, another Chromebook Pixel: version 3,  Android Pay & Hands-Free.  The last item in this list is the simple next step to paying with one’s Smartphone, but simpler.

It’s awesome to think that you don’t need to carry much more than a plastic candy bar to pay for nearly everything, but what if you didn’t even need to take it out of your pocket? How would the cashier know it was you? Google Hands Free app offers this and it would be great to see more about it, or if it will be released to a wider scope of businesses.  For now it’s limited to the beta test in the areas around Google HQ, but hopefully IO 2016 will show some expansion.

Starting Wednesday morning at 10 AM, the Keynote for IO will begin. If you can’t make it or don’t have tickets, everything will still be live streamed.

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Before Google IO 2016, Nexus 5X stays low, longer

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Get your Project Fi Nexus 5X before Google IO 2016

Google IO 2016 is coming up in mid-May (18-20) and that likely means that the next Nexus product will debut.  So in the meantime, you can still get a Nexus 5X for $200 on Google’s own dual-band mobile network (AKA Project Fi).  Some sellers still have the 5X for $300.

As it has been observed, when Google is about to announce the next of it’s line of Nexus devices, the prices of the prior set tend to drop.  The Nexus 5X was already a decently priced device, but it’s much more affordable for the nearly half price of $200 with a subscription to the also already inexpensive Project Fi.

The next Nexus 7 (2016) is expected at Google IO 2016 and the rumored next two Nexus phones.  Google appears to have been quite pleased with the performance and sales of the Nexus 6P by Huawei and will continue with the latest edition of the Nexus 7.  But as if there actually will be any phones at Google IO, there’s nothing definite about either the manufacturer or whether the devices even exist.

Fortunately, we all no longer need a special invite to gain access to Google’s Project Fi, it’s open to the world (you will need a Google account).  However, you will need a sizeable chunk of change (at $1250) and a little luck (or just be a student) in order to get access to the physical parts of Google IO 2016.  Although, it may be less so this year as, at least at Moscone Center in San Francisco there are a limited number of human spaces, at Google HQ there’s a great deal more room.  Nevertheless, Google IO is coming and the Nexus 5X is inexpensive.

Check out Google Fi 

Google IO 2016: Moving back to Silicon Valley

 

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Google IO 2016 to be held at Shoreline

Google is moving it’s prize event (Google IO 2016) back to it’s home in Silicon Valley.  No more will it be held “far away” in San Francisco, but at least this year at the outdoor amphitheatre in its backyard at Shoreline. Alas, why is Google doing this?

There has been much speculation on the Search Giant’s actions, but anyone who has worked with or for Google is likely aware that it is constantly in flux.  Projects are completed and business units change, almost every 18 months. Google is in constant motion and so it may be to prevent stagnation that they are bringing the event back to home.  However, there may be more to it.

Google is working on a great deal of things that involve motion, not just in itself, but in the world.  Project Loon, for example, where the internet is beamed down from hot air balloons.  Or Project Wing, where Google plans to deliver goods by Drone.  Or perhaps the Google Self-driving car, which is self-explanatory, but will likely need a good deal of space to demonstrate.   Google I/O 2016 isn’t just about software, at least any more, and most software can be demonstrated in an auditorium.   But if you happen to have an amphitheatre next door, it might be useful and fun to use it instead.

Likely there will still be all the trimmings at Google IO 2016, such as the Pixel C, Android Wear, and now Augmented Reality via Google Cardboard.  But there may even been something we’re mostly unaware of like  Google Kite, by Makani.  The idea of Google Kite is to harness the  high speed wind streams that are only a few hundred feet above the ground. It’s impractical to build a tower,  and no one really wants a permanent wind fan in their backyard.

So at least you now know that if you go to Google IO 2016, you’ll need to fly down to Silicon Valley, not San Francisco.  Google will be holding the event in the 3rd week of May 2016 at Shoreline Amphitheatre.  More details to come, looking forward to it.

 

Google I/O 2014 Live Stream

Google I/O 2014 Live Stream

Google I/O 2014 Live Stream

Google I/O 2014 is going live today at 9 AM Pacific on June 25th in San Francisco at the Moscone Center.  On level three, 6000 fortunate, randomly selected winners developers will be able to see this event live and receive all the awesome schwag.

Things to look for

  • Android Wear
  • Android TV
  • Android Silver
  • Android Auto Link
  • Android 4.5 (Lollipop?)
  • Chromebook Pixel 2
  • Google Glass
  • Project Tango (3D Mapping device)
  • Project ARA (modular phone)

Google I/O 2014 Scavenger Hunt

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So you’re bummed that Google did not pick you after you rolled the dice in the Google I/O 2014 lottery.  Be not dismayed, there is more loot to be found.  Google has implemented a scavenger hunt among the pages of the Google Developers site.

For those Google devs that are truly dedicated to the quest, it may be possible to acquire the chance to bypass the lottery and get a “golden ticket”.  Throughout the developers sites, Google has placed a random number of “goog.gl” links. If you find and click one of these links and you’ll be transported to an eclectic page that resembles the classic text-based games from the 1980s.  The adventure is that of a wild ride with Icarus.

If however, you’ve already found one of these links and it was a dud, worry not.  Google is apparently replacing the already found links with more valid ones.  So keep looking.

“He said comb the desert, so we’re combing the desert”

“Found anything yet!?”

Source: Android Police