David Pierce: “Google TV: Silent But No Forgotten at I/O 2013”
Foot-dragging on Google TV seems like such a wasted opportunity, but I’m afraid it will take Apple’s long-rumored big TV move for Google to make any real effort.
This year’s Google I/O is shaping up to be a monster. With Android, Chrome, Google TV, Google Glass, Motorola, YouTube, Music, and all of Google’s various apps, there’s a ton of potential for significant updates and changes come mid-May. Here’s a list of all the I/O rumors I’ve heard so far, and a few extra, roughly by certainty:
This is exactly why Facebook Home is good thing for Android (though maybe not for Google and Google+ in particular).
Futuristic User Interface 01:
Cyberpunk UI and Huds from Anime movies
Fantastic series of sci-fi UIs from various movies and animes
Amit Singhal on Google’s ongoing quest to build a Star Trek computer (via Slate)
He’s not entirely wrong. The HTC First is apparently running stock Android underneath and it’s got most of the Google apps (Play Store, Now, Gmail, YouTube, Maps, etc…not sure about G+).
I’m expecting more changes to lockscreen widgets in Key Lime Pie too, so if Facebook Home helps to popularize those, it’s another net win for Android as a whole.
Ian G. Clifton, a developer for A.R.O., argues that building for the App Store first means many of Android’s best features are not utilized to their fullest.
I am distinctly less willing to give reviews to Amazon than Goodreads. Then again, maybe Amazon/Goodreads will actually start suggesting useful things now.
Brad Hill: “Tech is a flock of starlings”
Google Reader creator Chris Wetherell (via GigaOm)
Good news for stock Android/Google lovers.
David Kanter with a crazy deep dive into the current state of the mobile CPU industry on Ars
It makes sense in the long run to have a high-end Chromebook. And having used a Chromebook for months now as a second computer, I can tell you the OS is more than “just a browser.” But the price tag on the Pixel is a shocker, especially when the software is clearly not ready for touch yet and there seem to be a bunch of other improvements just around the corner (unified messaging, rich notifications, Google Now integration, etc.).
Why release it now and not at Google I/O in three months?