Saturday, May 22, 2010

Highlights from Google I/O 2010 - Google TV and Chrome Web Store

This Year "Google I/O" (Google's Developer Event) took place on May 19th and 20th at Moscone Center, San Francisco.

Find below the key things among over 80 Sessions about Android, App Engine, Chrome, Enterprise, Geo, Google APIs, GWT, Social Web and Wave. These sessions are given by the speakers who are leaders and technical experts in web application development.

1. Google TV.
2. Chrome Web Store.
3. Google App Engine for Business
4. Android 2.2 Platform
5. Font Directory
6. webM

Google TV
Find below the video of keynote about Google TV.

  • Google is partnering with Sony, Logitech and Intel on the TV initiative
  • Brings Google’s Android operating system and Chrome browser into TV sets
  • Google blog says "By giving people the power to experience what they love on TV and on the web on a single screen, Google TV turns the living room into a new platform for innovation"
  • Sign-up to get update about availability of Google TV.
  • Using a special remote with a built-in keyboard, Chrome will allow users to access TV shows and video content on traditional platforms such as cable and satellite, as well as on the Internet.
  • Google TV will include Adobe Flash Player 10.1
  • Google TV will be powered by the Intel Atom CE4100 chipset, which will also be in Logitech standalone Google TV boxes.
  • It will be available for sales in Best Buy stores in the fall.
  • Google TV uses search to give you an easy and fast way to navigate to television channels, websites, apps, shows and movies
  • Google is working on to have Strategic alliances with companies such as and Rovi. will contribute social features to the Google software, and Rovi is known for its television guide software.
  • Google will release API for allowing the Developers to develop their own applications for Google TV.
  • Web Developers can find the Guidelines here for developing the websites compatible for Google TV.

Chrome Web Store
  • Chrome Web Store is an open marketplace for web apps. The basic idea is providing a market place with Ratings and Review system to choose appropriate Web apps. easily
  • Google Chrome users will be able to create convenient shortcuts in Chrome for easy access of web apps. in web Store.
  • The Chrome Web Store will be available to users later this year.
  • Developers will have the option to easily sell their apps through the store using a convenient and secure payment system.
  • Web Store will work in other modern browsers also. Chrome users will have additional ability to create convenient shortcuts for easily accessing their apps
  • Read this Developers Guide to know how to create your own installable Web apps.
  • You can join this Google group to know more about Chrome Web Store Apps.
  • Find below the Video about Demo of Chrome Web Store

Google App Engine for Business

Google App Engine enables to build and host web apps on the same systems that power Google applications. App Engine offers fast development and deployment; simple administration, with no need to worry about hardware, patches or backups; and effortless scalability

Google App Engine for Business introduces a number of new features for enterprise customers.

Centralized administration: A new, company-focused administration console lets you manage all the applications in your domain.

Reliability and support: 99.9% uptime service level agreement, with premium developer support available.

Secure by default: Only users from your Google Apps domain can access applications and your security policies are enforced on every app.

Pricing that makes sense:
Each application costs just $8 per user, per month up to a maximum of $1000 a month. Pay only for what you use.

Enterprise features: Coming later this year, hosted SQL databases, SSL on your company’s domain for secure communications, and access to advanced Google services.

You can track the progress of the "App Engine for Business" from here.

Android 2.2 Platform

Find below the highlights of Android 2.2 from the android blog post.

Performance & speed by using new Dalvik JIT compiler in Android 2.2.

New enterprise capabilities such as account auto-discovery and calendar sync.

Faster, more powerful browser:V8 JavaScript engine brought in to the Android browser.

New APIs and services such data backup API.

Additions to Android Market: Developers will be able to access crash and freeze reports from users via their account on the Android Market publisher website.

For more details read here.

Google has updated Nexus One with the Android 2.2

Google says "If we did not act, we faced a draconian future. Where one man, one company, one carrier was the future." as reason for bringing up Android.

Font Directory

Google has introduced Google Font Directory and Google Font API for making high quality web fonts available for everybody on the web.

Welcoming to QualityPoint Technologies using "Tangerine" Font

The above text is getting displayed using "Tangerine" which is added just by including below piece of code in the head section of blogger template.

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You can see the available open source Fonts here.

And, you can get details about Font API here which gives below benefits.

-A choice of high quality open source fonts.
-Works in most browsers.
-Extremely easy to use.


In my previous blog post about On2 acquisition (August 2009), I have mentioned that we can expect Google to open-source the VP8 video codecs.

As per our expectation Google has announced WebM which includes below things.

-VP8, a high-quality video codec which is released under a BSD-style, royalty-free license. (Actually it was from On2 which was acquired by Google)

-Vorbis, an already open source and broadly implemented audio codec.

-A container format based on a subset of the Matroska media container.

This free open-sourced WebM will a google alternate for H.264 which needs royalty fees after 2015.

You can follow @googleio to get any updates about Google I/O.

BTW, What is I/O in Google I/O?
Stands for "Innovation in the Open"?

Or, Stands for input/output?

Or, "1" and "0"?

What do you think?

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