It has been far too long since my last post, school is almost over, and then you can expect to see far more nutritious, high quality posts right here. Without further ado… Google I/O.
Google I/O saw the release of Honeycomb 3.1, or as I like to call it, Honeycomb 3.0.1, which is more appropriate because it is such a small, but important step forward. Major new features include a scrollable multitasking menu (finally), widget resizing, and video rentals. Also, USB device support for games controllers, cameras and the like; a new Books app, and a video-editing app named Movie Studio. Hopefully these upgrades will enhance the Honeycomb experience to what it should have been all along. Importantly this update is rolling out to all owners of the Motorola Xoom right now, or it has been for a few days now.
Next up, Google announced a new alliance of major manufacturers that should somehow bring updates to Android phones faster… the problem is they have no idea how they will do this so take that news with a grain of salt.
Google also announced that the next version of Android will be dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich and will merge Honeycomb with Gingerbread for another tasty treat, once again, no word on how this is going to be done.
Google announced the imminent arrival of Chrome OS, and entire operating system based on, you guessed it, Chrome. It will be interesting to see how this OS, which will run on notebooks, will pan out in the future. Personally, I am doubtful that this will make any impact at all and I believe that this will go the way the Google TV, which will also be receiving an upgrade this summer with Honeycomb, market, and a shiny new UI. Unfortunately, the updated Google TV will not be arriving on existing hardware… sad.
Overall, Google I/O was filled with promises and more promises. I hope for its own sake that Google will be able to keep these promises, but I fear that some may go the way of the white iPhone 4 and may take much longer than originally announced to arrive in the market. Worse, some may never come to fruition at all.