Fresh off the heals of Google canceling Google I/O due to the Corona Virus outbreak, the movie, music, and technology festival known as South by Southwest in Austin has been canceled. It's making Leo wonder if NAB is next.
Google I/O kicks off a busy developer season this week. Followed by Microsoft's developer conference later this week, then Facebook's F8 and finishing up with Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Leo says that both Google and Microsoft will have a message on Progressive Web Apps. These are apps that will be web centric, with the idea that you can download pieces of the app that will operate off line, but with the rest of the work on a backend in the cloud. Leo says that it's no longer about the operating system.
Google I/O was this week and the keynote had a bunch of new products and services. Google Home, the Amazon Echo killer, now has the ability to make unlimited phone calls anywhere for free. Should you then get rid of your home phone? Leo says no, because if the power or internet goes out, you'll have no phone for emergencies.
Find out about all of the announcements from Google I/O at techradar.com.
Google announced many improvements to its "machine learning" or artificial intelligence capabilities with Google Assistant. Google has already been learning about its users preferences and delivering relevant information through Google Now.
Dave is looking forward to Google I/O this week for the VR applications. Leo says that Google dropped the ball with Google Glass augmented reality devices, but they are planning a new version, so maybe they'll get their mojo back. Leo also says that Google I/O could announce some new Chromebooks or some new apps for the Chromebooks.
This week at Google I/O, Google announced Google Photos, which allows for unlimited photo and video storage that Leo says is a very aggressive move. The move is aimed at Apple and even Flickr, both of which offer cloud backup for your photos.
Google I/O is coming this week and Leo says we'll likely see more about Google's new Android Wear initiative, which will include health monitoring watches powered by Android. It'll join a ton of other companies, including Samsung, that are going into fitness watches ahead of what everyone thinks will be an Apple iWatch. Leo says that Apple has already previewed where it's going with iOS 8, but they have yet to announce a device, leaving everyone to wonder when, or if, they even will. But Apple's recent hires hint at it, plus Kobe Bryant has been hanging out at the Apple Campus.
Google launched their annual developers' conference, Google I/O, with a marathon 3 1/2 hour keynote address. Leo says there was no new hardware announced, not even from Motorola. There was an announcement that there will be a Nexus version of the Samsung Galaxy SIV soon running pure vanilla Android. They barely even talked about Google glass, which they just launched. They did, however, have plenty to say about Google+, which Leo says shows that Google is all in on their social network. Leo also says he thinks that Google+ will be adding SMS to challenge Facebook Messenger.