Mark Scheel reports on Google I/O 2012 – Day 1 Recap
Incredible day, there was a live stream event of someone jumping out of a blimp onto the roof of the Moscone center, and a ton of great announcements. I ran into Sergey Brin twice and got to meet the blimp jumper.
I was correct about Google invading the living room which was a nice coup, popular media wasn’t talking too much about this. Google announced a product like Apple’s airport express that lets you play music, video and other content in your living room through a cloud connected black orb with cool LED’s. Its coming in July for $299.
I think the best way to summarize today is to talk about how Google is taking over everything. Look at the products they are taking on … Shazam. In the new version of Android Google integrates a song discovery system into the OS. Amazon Kindle. The new Nexus 7 is a content focused tablet, it costs $199 and comes with a $25 content credit. eVite. Google Events is brand new and full of features. Netflix. They are adding a recommendation engine to their Play store. Yelp. Zagat ratings and comments in Google Maps. Apple Siri. Google Now leverages the Knowledge Graph to bring an assistant like feel to your voice searches.
The cynics will say that this is Google copying everyone else. As a Google Product user I am really excited about these developments.
The neatest thing I saw today, is something unlike anything I have ever seen, its called Compass Mode in Google Maps. If you can view properties for sale like this in Real Estate this will dominate the relocation market. Its like Virtual Tours on steroids.
I placed a pre-order for Project Glass. I got a commemorative glass block that says Project [x] 117. My number is unique. I don’t know if it means I am getting the 117th pair or what. I haven’t seen a lower number yet.
In less expensive news I got a Dandelion small batch Chocolate bar numbered 252 / 1000 made especially for Google App Engine today. Yummy.
POST SCRIPT FOR DAY 1
I go to a lot of concerts, maybe seeing as many as 50 live acts a year, so it is on good authority that I say Train kicked some serious ass at Google I/O last night. Last year was the first that featured a concert and while Jane’s Addiction was neat, they didn’t have the chemistry or stage presence that Train did. Train was funny (making SEO style jokes about how Googling Train doesn’t work for their band), engaging (a sing-off between a kid and a woman to Journey). I don’t even really love Train’s new music, though I am nostalgic for their old stuff like Drops of Jupiter, but I’m a sucker for a good performance. Train reminds me of Bare Naked Ladies, they are showmen who bring it, and they definitely earned whatever they were paid last night. They didn’t mail it in, they really performed, and I am thankful for that. Good job booking them Google, and if you are a small company looking to book an act for your next holiday party you should consider Train too
Have been meeting a lot of great people: Google employees who did and did not build custom beer dispensers, TechCrunch writers, developers from as afar as England and as close to home as Denver (MapMyFitness) and Boulder (Sphero).
Tonight is party central, my priority is one I know will have a major hardware give away, then there at least four others I know about. I will try and do Greg proud. It’s not night one, so I guess I can go big!