Google I/O Conference at a Glance


Earlier I talked about the phenomenal Android@Home software that’s going to be released. Now I’m going to tell you the rest of the goings on at the Google I/O conference.

First Google released the numbers:
*One hundred million handset activations in 2011

*Two hundred thousand apps in the Android Market

*310 Android handsets in 112 countries

*4.5 billion apps downloaded from the Android Market

*Four hundred thousand Android handsets activated daily

That’s staggering. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Google is also unleashing its Google Music beta cloud services. Google Music will allow you to upload 20,000 of your songs to the cloud and listen to them on any Android device. Its available with Android 3.1 Honeycomb(for tablets) and Android 2.2 and above(for cell phones). With Music beta, all you have to do is log into a Google account to access your music. And if you but a new phone, your music will be right there waiting for you once you log into your Google account on your new device. The service is free now, but may become a paid service down the line.

Google also showed off its updated Android music player for its devices and also showed off Project Tungsten. A hub like device that accesses your music through the cloud, like a digital player, and plays it through the device or any attached speakers.

Now all of this is great for Android, but the bigger than all of that is the “Oprah” style free goodies given away at Google I/O. First the attendees all received brand spanking new Samsung Galaxy Tabs. And not the old ones already on the market either. These are the new 10.1 inch Honeycomb Galaxy Tabs. And everyone got one for free. Everyone who attended the Android Gaming part of the conference also received the yet to be released Sony XPeria Playstation Phone for free as well. And the conference isn’t even over yet. I wonder what other goodies will be given away?

Man… I have got to get there next year.

About The Author

Kamil M Abdullah has been a self proclaimed techie and bonafide smart phone expert nearly half of his life. Starting with the very first Sidekick(not necessarily a smart phone but close enough) to Blackberry to Symbian to Windows(Mobile & Phone 7) to Web OS to Android, he has used virtually every smart phone operating system. Kamil has also worked with computer programming in Bloomberg's Data Center and Backup Operations on their proprietary software. In his quest for further knowledge in mobile operating systems, Kamil voraciously devours any reading material on the subject he can find. Kamil is also a hip hop head to the fullest, having fallen in love with the art form from the very first "a hip hop the hibby to the hibby the hip hip the hop" and tr808 beat. He promises to use his vast powers and knowledge only for the good of mankind.