Google kick started its Google Input / Output conference yesterday ( 19th May) and the first day of Google I/O was very exciting. Day One has lot for developers and some interesting views and applications based on HTML 5.
Lets take a look at what Google’s I/O Day 1 was all about :
Google / Opera / Mozilla ( Mozilla has been a supporter of Ogg Theora ) and several other companies join hands to adopt an open Web video codec called ‘ WebM’ which is seen as a direct competitor to the ‘ Apple backed ‘ H.264 codec . According to the new blog post from WebM project,
* VP8, a high-quality video codec we are releasing today under a BSD-style, royalty-free license
* Vorbis, an already open source and broadly implemented audio codec
* a container format based on a subset of the Matroska media container
Even Microsoft has joined the party after the announcement and stated that IE 9 will support both the video codecs ( VP8 video codec and H.264 )
Google plans to implement it across Youtube in the near future.
Google Font API : Google also announced Google Font Directory and Google Font API for developers .It enables developers and website publishers to utilize the font directory and play with various fonts ( including the Droid Sans font
Google Latitude API : Google Latitude never became really popular. Google Latitude continuously updates your location and enables sharing your location with friends. But now, Google has gone a step forward and has provided Latitude’s location awareness access to any application ( like Foursquare and Gowalla ) through it’s new Latitude API . More details here.
Google wave for everyone : What goes up must come down. This statement is true for nearly everything, yes even Google Wave ( which came down hard and crashed, unfortunately). From achieving stardom during the early invitational beta phase, Google wave has been badly bruised by various questions regarding its relevancy and questioning it’s Uber complexity today . But Google doesn’t care, so they are now giving everyone a chance to try Google Wave. I don’t think that would really help Google. But, there is a positive. Several bloggers have found an alternate ( or maybe in future ) the right way to use Google Wave : Live Waving . It’s just like Live Blogging on a embedded Google Wave.Real time updates and works great on every browser Nifty. Google Wave has ( ? ) also been integrated into the Google Apps for Businesses, which can prove to be pretty useful if put to proper use.
HTML 5 : Basically, Day 1 belonged to HTML 5. Google showed how several’ close knit ‘ communities are working together to make HTML 5 possible and adaptable. I am not a developer, hence I’ll cut it short :
Adobe showed us an ‘ easy to use ‘ HTML 5 Editor. Read more about it, here. And yes, Adobe is serious about HTML 5 Apple, blocking Flash wouldn’t do any good.
Sports Illustrated impressed everyone with their new prototype ‘ HTML 5 magazine ‘ .
Clicker.tv showcased a T.V. like experience for devices / browsers supporting HTML 5.
Google Chrome Web Store : The announcement about Google Chrome Web Store was the most unexpected announcement. Chrome is being used by more and more people everyday and is contributing to the loss of marketshare of Internet explorer and blocking the growth of Firefox and Opera.With this move, Chrome OS is finally making sense !
According to the official Google blog post,
Our new Chrome Web Store is an open marketplace for web apps that helps people find the best web applications across the Internet and allows developers to reach new users
Read more about it here.
Tweetdeck HTML 5 : The most popular desktop client ( powered by Adobe AIR ) has now taken a step towards HTML 5 adoption and has invited developers to test the HTML 5 preview of the HTML 5 powered Tweetdeck. Tweetdeck is also working on a mobile version for larger audience reach ( It will be browser based, like Slandr ) and will soon support Google Buzz feed in its Desktop Client. Future looks good for they guys at Tweetdeck .
Google I/O Day 1 Google’s Blogpost does a good job of mentioning everything that Google discussed yesterday.
Google I/O Day 1 concluded and gave us a lot of hope about the future of HTML 5 and showed us how various companies are working hard towards making it mainstream as early as possible. Google also opened several APIs to the developers and has taken a step forward to go Real Time and thus spreading the Google effect in all possible directions.
Google I/O Day 2 will be more exciting in my opinion, its supposedly the day of ‘ Android’ . Yep, Android 2.2 ( a.k.a Froyo ) will be showcased hopefully and a lot more Android news will be coming in today.
So, catch Google I/O Day 2 today live on Youtube or follow @googleIO for live updates and don’t forget to check back Watblog tomorrow for another roundup blog post of Day 2. Do let us know about your views about Google I/O Day 1.