Five Major Launches at Google I/O 2012
Computerworld India takes a look at all the tech (hardware and software) unveiled/demoed at the developer conference on 27th June 2012.
- Google pulled out many rabbits out of the hat at Google I/O developer conference on 27th June. Computerworld India has put together a list of the entire technology Google unveiled on day 1.
- Google's most important announcement at the conference is the latest iteration of smartphone software Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean'. Jelly Bean will be the successor to the current Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android, and will be pushed out to devices starting July.
- Google unveiled the Nexus 7 tablet manufactured by Asus at the developer conference. The 8GB and 16GB versions of the tablet will retail for $199 and $249 respectively. Buyers will also get a $25 credit toward Google Play content and will ship in mid-July.
- Google also revealed a spherical Android-based device called Nexus Q that will work in homes to distribute music and other content over stereos and displays with controls from Android smartphones and tablets. The Nexus Q will retail for $299.
- A flashy presentation involving skydivers and daredevils at the conference introduced the $1,500 prototype of Google Glass. It is supposed to have a processor and memory and expected to include 3G or 4G wireless access, along with motion and GPS sensors.
- The most interesting feature of Android Jelly Bean is Google Now smart assistant which plans to take search to another level. The new search-based feature is designed to use your search history, calendar, location and Google Maps to offer up helpful information.
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