Google I/O

Sorry for my quick leave of absence from writing on this blog. I had a free minute, so I thought I would let y’all know what’s going on at this year’s Google I/O convention at Moscone West in San Francisco this week.

There have been many announcements in the past few days from the boys at Google. I’m sure you’ve heard about some of the great new things that are coming soon. Below is a quick sum-up of what was announced.

-Google Music Beta ~ Amazon Cloud Player by Google. That’s all it is. Although, it’s by invite only, and you can have up to 20,000 songs up there for 0 cost to you. But, you have to get an invite, which is tough to come by. Google Music’s official launch was not announced.

-Movie Rentals ~ Who doesn’t love a good movie? Up until now, there wasn’t a good movie rental service for Android, now there is. Head to market.android.com to browse Android Apps, Books, and now Movies, all in one place.

-Honeycomb 3.1 ~ Adding a few minor updates to the OS. Includes widget re-sizing! Also, you can now use your Android Honeycomb Tablet as a USB host, meaning that you can plug in a digital camera and download all the images without needing a stupid camera connection kit. This was pushed to Verizon Xoom customers yesterday. Other devices coming soon.

-Ice Cream Sandwich ~ Google’s “Unification OS.” Brings all the features of Honeycomb back to the phone.

-Custom Accessories ~ Google is now selling a custom 80k so that you can create your own Android-Compatible accessories! They showed a great demo of a labyrinth board being controlled by the accelerometer in a Xoom.

-And More ~ Check out http://www.google.com/events/io/2011/index-live.html for all of the details on Google I/O.

Taylor Ness, Editor, App Masters

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