Certainly the major announcement on Google’s developer conference last week was the launch of their IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) called Google Compute Engine. GCE will represent a major competitor to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in their sky battle. The cloud is a profitable market which will bring a satisfying income to Google, but we hope that the future users of this cloud will be satisfied too, especially those who started questioning AWS after its last two outages.
Besides GCE, Google introduced other important products that captured the attention of Google fans and IT pros.
Jelly Bean, Android 4.1 is another innovation Google offered to users to their delight. It is the newest version of mobile operating system that itself contains certain technology features such as “Google Now”. The thoughts on this new feature are divided. While some find Google Now excellent tool that will keep up with their needs and interests, others are afraid of Google knowing too much about them. Google Now will collect the knowledge from your current use of the Internet and on the basis of this it will update the information about, say, weather and traffic at your location or would calculate how much would it take for you to get to a desired location.
Chrome and Google Drive on iOS platform. On the second day of the conference Google announced the release of Chrome for iOS that will include Google search bar and features like cross-device syncying. Google Drive will have the same features like on a PC platform but it won’t be possible to edit documents within the app itself. It was important for Google to improve iOS features of its products because iPad, iPhone and iPod Touchare getting more and more popular with users.
Nexus 7 tablet is the first official tablet from Google. It’s a powerful and nice tablet priced only 200$ which makes it a competitor to Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablet. Nexus 7 will come with Chrome browser as a default and quite a costly hardware for that price.
Gogle Docs Offline is an announcement that will probably thrill the existing Google Docs users (the number of which is undoubtedly huge). Basically, the newest feature of Google Docs is a possibility to edit documents while offline and once you’re connected again all the changes will be synced to your account.
Besides this, much has been talked about Google Glasses (known as “Project Glass”) that contain a light camera within the frame, enabling a user to record and share their perspective of the world with their friends.
There were several other important products at the conference, but these six have attracted the greatest attention from both the users and developers. The overall impression about the conference is that Google did a great job investing in all the right fields promising a very competitive year.