Monday, May 24, 2010

E/I - E - I/O? (Google I/O 2010 Highlights)

And on this farm they had HTML 5, Frozen Yogurt, TV, and great Waves that anyone can ride.

With any luck this signifies the beginning of the end for Flash as we know it.

Kevin Lynch building an animated Ducati ad on stage at I/O.

Android 2.2 (Frozen Yogurt aka Froyo)
In any relationship, it is relatively easy to crush on the combination of hot but quirky. Where it turns into love is when hot keeps getting hotter and the quirks get fixed and make room for new and more interesting forms of quirky. Android is that kind of love. Open, free love in any way suits your fancy. Don't worry, you can still pay for love in the Android Market if that is your thing...

Open Source/Google Guru Gina Traponi, of, reviews the highlights of what's cool and new in Froyo.

Google TV
Google launched it's frontal assault on Big Cable. This could be the beginning of the end for stupidly bundled cable packages (fingers crossed). Google TV promises to seamlessly integrate the best of the web with the best of TV that is currently available. In short, open source WebTV that doesn't give Microsoft the opportunity to screw it up. Your Android device becomes a remote control and... hmmm... There may finally be a use for the iPad... a super sweet remote control.  ;-) 

Google CEO Eric Schmidt talks to the CEOs of the high power partners that have signed on to the Google TV project. They are all on record for launching Google TV by fall 2010. 

Wave is open to all, without invitation.
Ok, so nobody knows how to use Google Wave. Most people have never heard of Google Wave, but now they can all use Google Wave to collaboratively not understand it without having to track down an invite. It will be a powerful collaboration at some point once Google makes it more intuitive for the common user.

If you are the super-geek that wants to learn it before everyone else, check out The Complete Guide to Google Wave.

Lars Rasmussen presents the features of Wave at I/O.


  1. Great headline! So, why is there so much disdain for flash?? Is it because there is *finally* something that can function as well as it has for over a decade? HTML5 is no magic bullet - too much bandwagon hate. Don't forget flash is the reason you've wasted countless hours playing games in your browser.

  2. Point taken on the time sucking browser games and the fact that flash is a huge milestone in codeland from a web eyecandy/ functionality standpoint. That being said, my hatred is not bandwagon based. I have found flash to be a CPU monster and unreliable when playing video content of any extended length. In an increasingly mobile environment, battery life is a huge concern and flash sucks from a power consumption standpoint.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but in videoland I think Flash is just a wrapper for a standard video codec anyway. What is not to love about doing that within the native code no pluggin or 3rd party support needed.

    My main arguments pro-Flash are that it is everywhere on the web and it should be a gradual conversion devicewise. I think there should be a midstep. The other is I think we should keep it simply because Apple hates it. ;-)