Today is the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco. The search giant is making several announcements on Google Wave and many of its other products.
Here are my live notes on today’s keynote:
Google I/O Keynote: Live Notes
– VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra is addressing the crowd with some housekeeping notes and an introduction to Google (Google) I/O
– HTML5 has gained momentum
– Adobe is talking about its work with HTML5
– First of several demos: Dreamweaver and HTML5. He is showing how it will support HTML5 and help you make it work across multiple devices, as well as how it can manipulate CSS in the context of HTML5
– Second demo: CSS3 Animation Editor. He’s defining shapes and animations via CSS and HTML5.
– This demo…is very in-depth. A few too many steps for an on-stage demo, but he’s doing a good job of showing what is possible.
Web Apps and the Chrome Web Store
– Google is back on stage, discussing how it’s hard for user to find web apps.
– TweetDeck (TweetDeck) is being demoed by Google. They’re showing off a new version of TweetDeck made entirely in HTML5.
– The Chrome Web Store announced — it’s a new store for findign and buying applications for use online.
– Games are in the Chrome Web Store as well. Plants vs. Zombies, one of the most popular iPhone/iPad games, is now available in the Chrome Web Store.
– Buying web apps and games is shockingly is very siplistic. It only takes a few clicks.
– Now on stage: Terry McDonnell, Editor of Sports Illustrated.
– Terry is starting off with a video in his demo.
– Demo: Sports Illustrated in HTML5. You can read the magazine in Chrome. Their goal is to translate the bet aspects of the magazine into a web app. It will have live news, live scores, live video feeds, and photos.
– He’s showing off some of the app’s features: saving articles, playing video, integration with Google Buzz (Google Buzz), the ability to drill deeper into stories, etc.
– He’s discussing the advertisements in Sports Illustrated’s app. He wants ads to be relevant and be as useful as content. You can do things such as find out where to purchase the items that you see in ads and interact with the ads. “A magazine experience.”
– Chrome Web Store provides developers a window to over 70 million people, according to Google. It’s available in Chrome and Chrome OS and will be available in the Chrome Dev Center soon.
– Google Wave (Google Wave) has been opened up to everyone as of today. It is also part of Google Apps as of today.
– The Wave team is discussing how people are using Wave — for example, how a teach is using it to get her students to collaborate on research, or how a Hotel has found it useful for coordinating work.
– Now Google’s Director of Engineering, David Glazer, is on stage to discuss (for the next 45 minutes) how Google is making the web more effective in the workplace.
– He’s discussing the difficulties of work in the new era. Employees work everywhere on all sorts of devices, apps trap you in because you have to pick the foundations, the OS, the servers, etc and that can lock you in, and there are simply too many apps.
– Google has a solution though for bringing the cloud to the enterprise.
– VMWare’s CEO is now on stage to discuss what Google and VMWare are doing together.
– He’s discussing cloud portability. He wants apps that can be run on a “variety” of clouds — public or private ones.
– VMWare has been working with Google to bring an open-source layer for the cloud, with VMWare powering the backend and Google’s expertise on the front end. They’ve integrated Google Web Toolkit and Springsource (a VMware product) to make it possible to create and run apps across multiple clouds.
– Ben Alex of SpringSource and Bruce Johnson of Google are now on stage to demo Google Web Toolkit 2.1 + Roo.
– They’re going to build an application live on stage. It’s a technical demo to show how you can build an expense report cloud app in under 200 keystrokes.
– The demos of Google Web Toolkit + Roo continue. The point seems to be that it’s very easy to create enterprise apps though Google and VMWare.
– Now they’re demoing tools for helping build apps. For example, Spring Insight from VMWare helps developers drill down into server speeds. Now Speed Tracer (Google’s front-end speed tracking tool) is integrated with Spring Insight.
– Now they’re moving on from tools to widget libraries and application frameworks. GWT 2.1 solves some of that with a series of data-presenting widgets.
– Demo: they’re showing how quickly GWT can flip through over 5 million line items from expense reports from a 125,000+ employee company.
– New demo: Showing the same data through widgets, but on mobile devices as well as the desktop.
– They’re showing off Google WEb Toolkit widgets on iPad first. It’s very similar to the desktop.
– Next demo is on live
Android (Android). Unfortunately, bad Wi-Fi kind of stalled the demo. The point though is that if you input information in one platform (e.g. Android), it’ll quickly appear in another platform iPad). They showed off how someone can expense something and how a manager can approve it or deny it in real time.
– Kevin Gibbs, one of the heads of the Google App Engine, is now on stage. Yes, this is a long keynote.
– Google App Engine for Business: Newly announced, it is a version of Google App Engine designed for enterprise and focused on security.
– It comes with SSL and SQL, forma SLA, and pro support.
– It also comes with a simple pricing model: $8/monthly user, up to $1000 per app.
– Google is now showing off Google App Engine for Business and what’s different between it and the standard Google App Engine.
– Now Vic is asking: “How can we make the web faster?”
– Now Sundar Pichai, VP of Product Management, has taken the stage. He is discussing he evolution of desktop applications.
– Web apps are becoming more powerful due to HTML5. Google’s goal is to move more apps from the desktop to the web.
– Now they are doing a demo of HTML5 and Gmail (Gmail) in Chrome (Chrome) to show off its power.
– New demos: MugTug, an image/photo editing software, and Clicker (Clicker).com. The focus is on the power of Chrome and HTML5
– Clicker is now showing off Clicker.tv, a new version of Clicker built for the TV. It’s a lot like YouTube XL.
– Now Google is speaking about making video more accessible. Sundar is talking about On2 Technologies, which Google recently acquired.
– Announcement: VP8 is now open-source as part of a new “WebM” project.
– Mozilla is now on stage to discuss the new WebM project, which “is dedicated to developing a high-quality, open video format for the web that is freely available to everyone.”
– YouTube (YouTube) videos are being converted for the WebM Project.
– Mozilla is showing off what is to come in live video. Text can be copied and pasted, videos can scale, and overall there is just more control over the format and feel of videos through WebM.
– Now the CTO of Opera (Opera) is on stage to discuss WebM.
– He is demoing Opera running WebM. It’s the same discussion points as Mozilla: We need an open, standard format for web video.
– Google is back on stage, discussing partners. Opera, Skype (Skype), Adobe, Nvidia, Logitech, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Theora, Brightcove, and others are part of the project.
– Adobe’s CTO is on stage