These past few weeks have been glorious for technology nerds. We’ve seen the release of iOS and all its fancy new features, as well as Microsoft giving us it’s long-awaited tablet — Surface. But Google IO may have taken the cake.
Apple’s iOS 6 release was expected long before the Worldwide Development Conference even started and when Microsoft scheduled a mysterious press event, everyone pretty much assumed what was happening. We all thought the Surface was coming, we just didn’t have all the details. And that’s why Google’s developer conference was so much more surprising than the previous two. Google does one thing better than anyone else, and that’s search, but it does a lot of other things pretty darn well, too.
And while, much like Apple’s WWDC and Microsoft’s event, we all had a few ideas about what we’d see, Google always finds a way to surprise us. The most impressive part of Google I/O was the announcement/release of Jelly Bean, the new Android operating system. It looks awesome, and I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Apple guy. Jelly Bean won’t convince me to make the switch to Android; that’d be like me switching allegiances to the Chicago Blackhawks from the Detroit Red Wings (which will never happen). But I still appreciate what it’s bringing to the table.
Jelly Bean will flaunt a faster OS with an improved user interface. Oh yeah, it also has a Siri competitor who will answer users’ questions and send them to websites pertaining to their queries. In addition, it brings a faster, more intelligent keyboard to Android phones. All in all, it’s the update that Android users have been waiting for.
Google did another thing that has been expected for a while now and released a Chrome iOS application, bringing the browsing experience of the world’s best browser to the iPhone. Another update that was sorely needed. As any other iOS user can tell you, Safari for iOS sucks. It’s slow and clunky, but Chrome for iOS, on the other hand, is everything we look for in an Apple product: speed and efficiency. The best thing about the app, though, is the fact that you can open Incognito tabs, meaning you can keep Google from tracking your movements online. And if you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you probably know I’m no fan of companies tracking the activities of their users.
What was your favorite part of Google I/O?