Browser options on Apple’s iOS platform are pretty grim, however one bit of defense Apple will no longer be able to use is a lack of demand. Chrome for iOS was released last week at Google IO, and since then it has shot like a rocket to the top of the app charts. The UI for iOS Chrome emulates pretty closely what we’ve seen over on Android, however it does have a few significant, and disheartening differences.
Maximum PC’s Loyd Case did an amazing job summarizing all the announcements at this year’s Google I/O conference, but if you’d prefer to relive the experience for yourself, you’re in luck. Head on over to The Google Code Channel on YouTube to find the main Keynote presentations from both days, along with all the snarky and sarcastic comments you can handle to help get you through the Angry Birds announcement.
Links to the individual videos can be found after the jump.
I just wanted to get that little tidbit out of the way, because that was probably the least important news to come out of Google IO 2011’s second day. The big buzz is about hardware. Google announced support for new hardware with its Chrome OS, which will be called “Chromebooks” (for the laptops) and something called “Chrome Box” for the desktop. For more info on these, and everything else that came out of Google I/O today, keep reading.
Just like that, the first day of Google's annual I/O conference is finished. This year's event has given us some big announcements, like Google's new music initiative, and a lot of new insight into where Google wants to take it's various platforms. For a complete look at all the most interesting news and info to come out of Google I/O 2011, hit the jump.
You might have missed this in the storm of Android news today, but the rumors were true and Google has indeed launched a new online storage service. Google Storage looks to be a direct competitor to Amazon's S3 hosting. Google will be charging 17-cents per gigabyte of storage per month, 10-cents per gigabyte uploaded, and 15-30-cents per gigabyte downloaded.
The service will initially only be available to a limited number of US-based developers, but they will enjoy a free 100GB of storage and 300GB of bandwidth. It's clear Google hopes to entice Amazon S3 customers to move to The Big G's servers. Amazon charges 15-cents per gigabyte stored, but has a version of the service with only 99.99% uptime for 10-cents per gig.
Google is probably looking to pair this hosting solution with their Google AppEngine developer tools. For some users of Google services, it might make sense to switch just out of convenience. Do we have any S3 users among our readers? Would you consider switching?
Google has officially announced Android 2.2, codenamed Froyo. The new smartphone software comes with a plethora of improvements. One big addition to the platform is the new Just In Time (JIT) compiler. Google is claiming this new system will be able to run apps 2-5 times faster than the old Dalvik compiler. Google is also rolling out a cloud-to-device messaging API that looks like a sort of push notification system on steroids. Instead of just popping up a message, the system can launch apps or deliver data like map coordinates.
No word on official release dates. Google just said the new software would be out in the coming weeks. We assume that means it will be out for the Nexus one and maybe the Droid. Phones running a modified version of Android are likely in for a longer wait. Did you hear what you wanted from Google today?
It was one year ago that we got our first look at Google Wave. When it launched in preview it was only available by invitation. Now Google has announced that anyone at all can wander over to Wave, and get started without being invited first. Google detailed a variety of ways the public has used Google Wave in order to inspire new users. For example, Mashable's use of Wave to conduct interviews. A few educationalprojects were highlighted as well.
Showing that they are acutely aware of the state Wave was in when it launched, Google took pains to encourage disappointed users to give it another shot. According to Google, Wave is much faster and more stable than it was just a short time ago. In our experience, Google has fixed some of the major annoyances, like being unable to remove someone from a Wave. Developers will be happy to know Google has also open sourced some additional Wave components, and also released some new APIs.
Have you been using Wave all this time, or did you forget all about it? Let us know what you think of Wave now that it's freely accessible.
Today's Google I/O presentation offered a bit of a surprise in the form of a Chrome web app store. The store will be available for both the Chrome browser and Chrome OS whenever it is released. This really helps put the pieces together as far as Chrome OS goes. As it was before, the Chrome OS experience was looking a little too spartan.
Many of the apps we saw at I/O today are familiar names. There is a version of Tweetdeck, an attractive Sports Illustrated app, and (of course) Plants vs Zombies. Many of these apps are reminiscent of iPad apps with embedded video and crisp graphics. When the store launches there will be both free and paid apps.
According to Google, the Chrome web store will be pushed out on the Chrome dev channel "soon". We're still not sold on the idea of making an app store for web apps, but we'll reserve final judgment until we can use it. Do you think a well designed web app is worth paying for?
In the emerging world of HTML5 video, the H.264 codec has the early lead. But as anticipated, Google threw a new competitor into the mix today at Google I/O. Google's VP8 codec is now available to anyone to use royalty-free. This was announced as part of a larger project called WebM in conjunction with Mozilla and Opera.
Many have been concerned with the patent ownership of H.264, and open source projects like Firefox have been unable to include it. VP8 could be a real alternative here. The other open alternative, Ogg Theora, is seen as having inferior quality to that of H.264 and VP8. There were rumors earlier today that Microsoft would be building support for VP8 into the upcoming Internet Explorer 9. Redmond has clarified they will support the standard, but users will need to install the codec on their systems.
In short order Chrome, Firefox, and Opera will have support for the new codec. Youtube will also be made compatible with VP8. No word on if Safari will join the VP8 club as well. Flash isn't dead yet, but there's another vulture circling it now. Would you prefer VP8 or H.264 be the next generation video standard?
Amazon's S3 cloud storage service has been a popular choice for those needing a large amount of scalable storage, but it's about to get another competitor. Google is rumored to be planning the launch of Google Storage at the Google I/O conference that starts tomorrow. Early indications are that the service would be in private beta at first.
Amazon S3 charges users based on how much bandwidth and storage space they use. We imagine Google would use a similar model, but with tie-ins to your existing Google account. Google may also build in tools to help Amazon S3 users make the switch. Sources have said the new cloud storage system will be available via command line to developers initially. A web interface is also planned, but may or may not be part of the initial launch.
This has the potential to pull together Google's online offerings in advance of the launch of Chrome OS. Chrome OS is said to be an OS that relies on the cloud, so a Google branded cloud storage solution is a perfect fit. Would you trust Google with your important data?