Another week, another enormously important tech event. This week, it's Google's I/O 2012, and this Google event comes with some added pressure to live up to the standards set by competitors.
See, two weeks ago, Apple held its WWDC event and subsequently wowed the tech world with the Retina MacBook Pro and some spiffy new features in iOS 6. Last week, Microsoft earned high praise for two events -- the flashy premiere of the sleek Surface tablet and its low-key Windows Phone 8 unveiling.
Given those impressive antecedents, you can see why there's extra pressure on Google to have a successful day.
Can Google match the excitement and sense of optimism generated by Apple and Microsoft in the weeks prior? What will Larry Page and Sergey Brin's behemoth unveil at the Wednesday keynote address (which you can view live by clicking right here, or watching the video embedded at the top of this post, starting at 12:30 p.m. ET!) to wow the tech world and inspire developers to write for Android?
We've heard talk of a $199, 7-inch Nexus tablet that could compete with the Kindle Fire; we might also see Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean," the next iteration of the Android operating system and the logical successor to Ice Cream Sandwich. What features might we see in this Jelly Bean that can rival the dazzle of Maps and Siri in iOS 6, or the redesigned home screen and all-important "shared core" in Windows Phone 8?
We'll be live-blogging, and insta-analyzing, all the news that comes out of the Google I/O keynote, starting at 12:30. Check below for updates.
BEFORE YOU GO
06/27/2012 2:47 PM EDT
The End Of The Affair
After a brief video showing how the whole Project Glass-parachute thing went down, we're done! Thanks for following along. We got a new tablet, a new Android operating system, and a spherical media streamer. Oh, and a detailed demonstration of Google Glass, and a better idea of when we might be able to purchase some (uh, next year. Maybe).
What did everyone think? Success or face-plant?
06/27/2012 2:43 PM EDT
All I/O Attendees Will Receive A Nexus 7 Tablet, A New Galaxy Nexus Smartphone, And A Nexus 6 Streamer
Perks! Why am I not at this thing? I love free stuff.
(Still waiting on that bottle of tequila, Google+).
06/27/2012 2:42 PM EDT
Vic Gundotra Celebrates Google+'s First Year With A Blog Post.
06/27/2012 2:41 PM EDT
And Now We're Back To Google+ Events
Sergey really did interrupt Gundotra's presentation -- wasn't a pre-scripted stunt. He just ran out when the skydivers were ready to jump.
This is a, uh, anti-climax to say the least. Google+ is hosting an after-hours party that will be the first official Google+ event, featuring Paul Oakenfold and, uh, Train performing. I'll be glued to my computer, to watch a Hangout of a Train performance on Google+.
06/27/2012 2:38 PM EDT
"A Healthy Disrespect For The Impossible"
Larry Page says that developers should have "a healthy disrespect for the impossible," which sums up Google Glasses, doesn't it? Pretty turn of phrase.
06/27/2012 2:36 PM EDT
Google Glass Explorer Edition
Google is opening up pre-orders for Glasses for developers who want to work on the project. Only available at Google I/O, for U.S.-based attendees; only accepting orders at the conference. Sorry, live-stream watchers.
Price is $1500, to be shipped early next year. So, won't be releasing for consumers imminently.
06/27/2012 2:33 PM EDT
Seriously, That Was A Cute Baby
Did you see that baby? That was a cute baby.
06/27/2012 2:33 PM EDT
Visual Search, Coming Soon To Google Glass
The next step for Project Glass? Figuring out how to add visual search -- searching for information based on what you're looking at, at that very moment, in other words.
That would certainly make the Glasses very valuable, no?
And now we're watching a cute baby video. This baby is really, really cute -- as are the pictures you can take with Google Glasses. This is Google at its very best: tugging at the heartstrings.
06/27/2012 2:29 PM EDT
We Used To Make Fun Of Those, Too
Farhad Manjoo predicts we'll get over the weirdness of wearing computers eventually:
@ fmanjoo :
You guys who makes fun of Google Glass for being too geeky -- have you heard about smartphones?
06/27/2012 2:26 PM EDT
Project Glass, Detailed
A few notable claims:
- Weigh less than some models of sunglasses.
- Decided to put all of the technology on one side, so that it would get out of your way.
- Design isn't finished yet, but want to make the final device as inconspicuous as possible (good luck with that)
- Designed to capture fleeting moments, from your point-of-view, instantly (which you can't do if you're taking out a smartphone or camera, natch).