The countdown is finally over and Google I/O 2011 is here, and I’m excited to be right here in the middle of it all! 🙂
A crowd of 5,000 Google developers from all over the world poured into the Moscone Center to listened to the keynote this morning. And there’s lots of exciting news to share!
Here are some of the new features and annoucements:
Google Books were introduced last Feburary. Today, movies will be available for rental, tied to your Google account. See the Android Market for more info. Users can rent movies from the Market and stream them for $1.99. Although movies normally are streamed, if you need it on your device, for a plane trip for example, you can “pin” the movies and they will be available for you for 30 days.
New service announced! Music Beta by Google lets you keep your music in the cloud, enabling you to play it on any device – computer, tablet, phone, etc. You never have to use a cable to add or sync music ever again. You can add up to 20,000 songs to your library. The service is free while in beta. All Google I/O attendees will get invites to the new service. For more information, check out the Google Music site.
Android Open Accessory API allows developers to create hardware and software that Android devices can control. For example, you can have a bicycle that controls a game on your Android device. What a fun way to burn calories and play a game at the same time!
Android@Home was announced. It’s a home framework that allows you to control features in your home through your Android device. Tap the screen to turn lights on or dim them. For a more creative example, add this framework to your games and have lights flash as you shoot enemies and monsters. The possibities are endless! Current code name is Project Tungsten.
Lastly, attendees were pleasantly surprised that a limited edition Galaxy Tab, complete with Honeycomb 3.1, will be in their swag bag this year!
The Google I/O coverage continues here!