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dave

June 25th 2014 2:42 pm

Share your thoughts on the Google I/O keynote!



Excited about what was announced? Is Google missing something? Was the keynote too long? Too short?

Let's dish it out. What did you think about Google's announcements?

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frankspin

I gotta be honest, this was incredibly underwhelming. The most interesting thing was the stuff with their new design approach (what is this attempt 4 now?) and everything else was just very boring. Part of this may be that Google tends to show off so much through the year so when it comes time for actual demos we all know it's happening already. Stuff like Wear and Car are cool, but they're not really offering much in the way of "What is this doing to improve my life/work."

I will say, it's nice to see ChromeOS finally adopt Android apps, it's been a long time coming that's for sure. I think this can instantly make the platform more powerful and flexible for potential buyers.
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TgD

I know I could end up hearing a lot of flack for this, but all I could think of when I saw the bright colours and design of the new OS, I thought it was a bit "iOS-ey"

I doubt my Nexus 4 will get this new release, as its over 18 months old now, but I am really interested to see Project Volta and the performance improvements mandated by the ART runtime.

I shed a few tears not seeing a new flagship smartphone though. Granted, I do think the Nexus 5 has another year left in it in terms of being a relevant phone, but the hype for it is long gone.
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Dignan17

Please take this in the most genial way possible: I don't think this presentation was for you. Looking at your list of gadgets, it's pretty evident that you're a user of Apple products, and that's totally fine. I'm not going to cast aspersions on you for that. I'm only pointing this out to say that if you're an Apple user you're probably not going to see anything in an I/O keynote that has much impact on you.

I mean, they covered Android (you have an iPhone), ChromeOS (you have a MacBook Pro), Android TV (you have an Apple TV), and so on.

They talked about Google Apps, but not that much and there wasn't really anything exciting about that.

The only thing they talked about that you don't have a current counterpart to is the Android car tech, and I don't know why you would go for that instead of the Apple car platform. Personally, I don't want any proprietary platform in something as expensive as a car, which I'll probably have for 10 years or more. That just seems dumb whether it's made by Google or Apple.

Again, please don't interpret this as a Google fan (which I am) bashing an Apple fan (which I'm fairly certain you are). I'm just saying that I don't get much out of any of Apple's keynotes. I had the exact same reaction as you about the recent WWDC.
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frankspin

It wasn't taken that way, and bear in mind I was Android user and vocal Google fan for some time before switching to iOS/Apple. I approached this keynote from the same perspective as I did with WWDC: what will be shown off that will give me the instant "yes this will improve my life" thought. I wanted to see something from Google that would give me a vote of confidence if I wanted to return to any of their products, and I didn't see anything here. I am not bullish at all when it comes to smartwatches, and I am not keen on in-car dashboard tech -- it's often proprietary, slow and unreliable. I don't think Apple or Google will be that bad, btw, I just don't like a lot of bells and whistles in my car.

I would have loved to have seen more of Android "L", and not just a lock screen and design. Google is making strides in design language, but the issue for me has always been the underlying OS. Settings has been cold and Holo is very 1997 to me. I like the color palette and drop shadow used in the new language, I just wanted to see a lot more of the os: launcher, notification shade, Now, settings, etc. I do realize it's early, so maybe we'll see it in November which I think is usually Nexus time.

I also would have loved to see more talked up about ChromeOS supporting Android apps, but we only got Evernote.

Android TV is interesting, especially since I read SiliconDust was brought on to work with them on delivering live TV to it. I would prefer to see it in a separate box than embedded into TVs. If I could consolidate all my boxes into one (currently have Rokus + Ceton Extender) I would definitely consider one. But I need to see how support goes with TV.

My hope is that more will come out from these smaller breakout sessions when it comes to things like Hangouts and the other API or cloud build up. But again, I'm not being bullish on anything because Google has a habit of talking up a lot of tech that doesn't get fully utilized.

Quick edit: I have been looking to buy a second phone to keep on hand as back up, and the X has been on my radar if a price drop hit. If a new Nexus comes out I may jump on the 5 and perhaps partner it with a Chromebook. I would like to have it as a means of keeping on top the app situation within Android.
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DonPhelippe

Not too shabby although they dont mention the really important facts, i.e. how long can they estimate the average smartwatch battery would last (highlighting the average usage pattern too). Kudos for being first in the "ecosystem watch war" - technically Samsung Tizen watches win but Tizen has not an ecosystem, so yey, Google first, before Apple or MS... but the watches are not half bad but not something many people would buy - unless they provide something really needed (like Android provided and enabled CHEAP SMARTPHONES).

Also, Android apps in chromebook... at last? Does this mean that people with Chromebooks can login to Google Play store and have the apps installed and working on their machines? Or is it a casting thing too?

Car android is not really something needed because most people either listen to radio in the car, or the usb stick and apart from that, dedicated GPSes are cheap and wildly available. Perhaps some of the extra services are kinda okay-ish but not a primary concern for the seasoned commuter.

Really, what Google has to give is a better Android experience, FORCE ALL HW MAKERS TO STICK TO SOME GOD DAMN GUIDELINES - EFF THEM AND THEIR BLOATWARE. I guess L day is the good one :P

(P.S. and no Moto360, that would be something interesting).

(P.S.2 are ALL android wear watches ENFORCED TO BE WATERPROOF?)

(P.S.3. How *FUTUREPROOF* are these watches?)

(P.S.4 How hackable are they? Also, is there an official CM branch for them?)
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Dignan17

I was pretty thrilled, but then I'm a pretty big Google fanatic. I was surprised at the enormous amount of areas they covered, and was pleased with everything they announced. Android Wear is going to be fantastic and will get me to wear a watch for the first time in over 15 years. I'd love to have a future car with Android in it for Google Maps alone (my current navigation doesn't know any road changes made in the last 10 years). Chrome OS is looking more interesting than ever. The Android changes all look great, and like a nice evolution of the OS, and I like almost all of the changes they're making.

I'm always at least a little curious to hear about the developer stuff, even though I can only understand about a quarter of it, and even then only at a basic level :)

Overall I was extremely pleased.
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weecamscott

it was so very boring google needs to learn how to present a keynote like apple WWDC 2014 . there was nothing new
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dave

At the end of the day, it is a developer's keynote, so Google shouldn't have to make it exciting for consumers' sake.

That said, there were a few things that seemed to be missing:
  • Zero mention of Google Glass. Nothing. For making such a gigantic deal and entrance (remember the skydivers?!) a few years ago, not mentioning it at all seems telling.
  • No mention of Google+ features.
  • No interesting hardware like Nexus phones or tablets. That could come later though (and it did last year).
In terms of what topics their keynote covers, they cover WAY WAY more than Apple does (of course their keynotes are also 3 hours long). But they get involved in everything from TVs, to phones, to wearables, to driving. Of course a lot of the demos were rough, but I find a certain amount of charm in that, vs Apple's ultra-polished "perfect" keynotes.
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frankspin

> In terms of what topics their keynote covers, they cover WAY WAY more than Apple does (of course their keynotes are also 3 hours long).

I think Apple intentionally goes light on iOS stuff knowing that they will have a mobile event in the fall, so it's easier for them to split it up. Google only has I/O so they have to cram it all into that first keynote.
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