Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My Top 5 Announcements From Google I/O 2014

Chromebooks running Android apps—I love a lot about the zero-administration ease of use of
Chromebooks, but it's true to say that using the web version of my favorite apps is less than stellar. Seeing Evernote running its tablet app on Chromebook is exciting. This may be the development that would move me away from OS X for daily computing needs.

App and web integration—on a phone, the web feels like a guilty secret, and on the web, phone apps feel like a different country. Bringing these closer together through OS hooks makes a lot of sense and will lead to a better user experience.

Google Cloud developer environment—it's all about developers, developers, developers, and I've seen nothing else that comes close to the Google Cloud developer and debugging tools. It's the sort of thing that makes me wish I'd not given up writing code for writing words!

Smart watches—I've enjoyed my Pebble watch for the way it takes ambient notifications away from the phone, and I'm keen to see this develop. Android watches seem to take the bits that work (notifications, voice recognition) from Google Glass and put them on the wrist.

Google Cardboard: a DIY way to experience virtual reality with your smartphone

Cardboard—what a fun hackery way to play with VR! I love the Maker prototyping spirit.

My top one flunk? Nothing about Hangouts and Google Voice integration. As customers, we're overdue understanding how that's going to play out.