Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Report from Google I/O

Mark/Space engineers were a few of the over 5000 lucky ones who got to attend the sold out Google I/O conference earlier this month in San Francisco, California.

There was a lot of info shared by Google, some of it still so secret we can't tell you yet! We did learn, and can share, that there are currently over 100 million activated Android devices, with 400,000 new Android devices activated every day. That's a lot of Android action!

Mark/Space joined the "in crowd" of developers, learning more about the 3.1 update to Google's new Android 3.1 operating system, code named "Honeycomb". Many of the latest Android tablets, such as the Motorola XOOM and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 are running this new Android OS. We attended several Honeycomb sessions to make sure that we have all of the tips and tricks to make sure our apps optimized for it.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The much acclaimed Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Honeycomb tablet, which we first saw at the CTIA show in Orlando last March, was handed out at the conference, providing developers a month to get ready before the official release. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a powerful CPU that runs flash smoothly, and a large screen in a very thin form factor.

Sony Xperia PLAY

Also, Google and Sony-Ericsson provided game developers with free Xperia PLAY (as in PlayStation) devices. In this phone, it's a lot more Sony then it is Ericsson, but that's a good thing! Gamers are going to enjoy this. The slide out game controller feels good – near the feel of a regular controller. The sound (2 speakers in real stereo) is pretty good for a phone. Of course, The Missing Sync for Android works well with the Xperia and will keep it in sync.

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