If you’re a tech reporter, chances are big you are busy. Adobe MAX was 2 weeks ago, last week there was Google I/O, there’s an Xbox event tonight and Apple’s WWDC is underway.
This post is about my highlights from Google I/O. I didn’t go but over the long weekend I watched the sessions that looked the most interesting to me.
Seemingly every session has been recorded and has been put/is being put online at the Google Developers YouTube channel.
If you only watch one thing, watch the keynote. I feel it’s worth watching entirely to get a feel of where Google is going. For me Google is the most important tech company in the world right now.
They announced Android studio. Some kind of IDE for Android. One interesting feature is a per-device layout preview. Curious how this could help me when designing Android apps.
I tried downloading Android Studio but couldn’t get a simple project up (at least not in 5 minutes).
Indoor maps. Pretty epic. See one in action by searching Google for “Bozar Brussels” and zooming in. The presentation on this is here: indoor maps. And then I watched another session on Design principles for maps.
One of the presentations (I think the keynote) showed the Referral flow for a Play application inside Google Analytics. It also showed the developer console which surely seems to beat the measly iTunes Connect. You can roll out your apps in phases, assign beta testers directly from the developer app, get semi-automatic translations etc. In terms of services, Google is owning Apple.
- Some presentations that might appeal more to web designers: a presentation on CSS filters and one on designing for high DPI: video and slides.
- Interesting new feature: Over the air installs
- Two interesting presentations on web components and AngularJS. I’m very interested in the concept of web components – it seems with web components web development will grow up.
- A presentation by Paul Irish and Dan Heberden on package management for the web (mostly about Bower).