SAN FRANCISCO -- Although it rolled out no major new products or initiatives at its annual Google I/O developer conference here, the company that started out as a search engine showed ambitions as big as the Worldwide Web. Google announced, released or hinted at significant upgrades in the works for what amounts to seven major platforms it nurtures--Android, Chrome, Glass, Google+, Google TV, Maps...oh, and Search.
A tour of its demos showed a few interesting side projects as well. They included its latest concept for a notebook PC, an automotive infotainment system and a portable mapping system. The overarching message from the event is this company will continue to pursue many overlapping and increasingly interconnected efforts in its quest to grab eyeballs.
The darling of this year's event was Project Glass, Google's effort to get ahead of the next big thing in the booming mobile industry. The crowd was peppered with "Explorer Program" pioneers sporting the futuristic eyewear like the latest in nerd fashion. Even the robotic blimp Google engineers crafted for the event (below) had embedded Glass cameras taking aerial pictures of the event.
Our virtual tour of the demo area on the following pages provides a few highlights of what's new in all seven new platforms including a look inside the latest Chromebook Pixel notebook.
Google engineers crafted their own blimp engine with an embedded Project Glass device.
Google is creating technology but more significantly, they are accumulating data. People, places, things. The technology that they create enables them to accumulate more data. We go onto Google earth and say "ooh, cool, I should go visit Yosemite" and they way "ooh, cool, look at how many people are checking out Yosemite!" I'm curious what those google glasses are sending back for their data mining!
@DrQuine: Firefox and Chrome are both reliable here, under Windows and Linux. "Fast loading" is a different matter, but I generally load Firefox when I sit down and the machine, and just leave it running. If you are hopping in and out the way folks got accustomed to on Windows with IE, you're arguably doing it wrong.
"Bloat" is relative. Given the steady advance of web standards, and the need to support things like HTML5, CSS3, and the embedded video HTML5 is making [possible, well, code size *will* grow. Tell me what you would drop to shrink the size and still have a usable browser.
"Perfect is the enemy of good" - let us not forget that continuous efforts and enhancements to improve software sometimes result in a loss of the benefits that it originally provided. When Chrome (and competitor FireFox) were scrappy upstarts, they were fast and reliable. Now they're bloated and buggy. Can we get back to a reliable fast loading Chrome browser?
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.