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Google I/O 2012

I’ve been going to quite some conferences, but the one I have been dying to go is to Google I/O. Not because of the tons of presents they give out (which imho this conference could go easily without), but because there are always lots of announcements and the sessions are always very interesting. Of course these are/will be available on Youtube too. So far quite some session recordings have already been uploaded and the rest of the sessions will follow these coming days.

Google I/O this year had quite some announcements. The major ones you have already heard include Jelly Bean, Nexus Q and Nexus 7 on keynote day 1 and some great updates for Chrome and Google Compute Engine on keynote day 2. For those of you who have been sleeping under a rock, a quick recap: Jelly Bean is the new Android 4.1 update, Nexus Q is a new social streamer device powered by Android and Nexus 7 is a new Google branded tablet priced at $199, Chrome is now available on iOS and Google Compute Engine is a new infrastructure-as-a-service product.

What you probably didn’t heard are some of the following topics:

ADK 2.0
ADK 2.0 is an updated version of the accessory development kit targeted at hobbyists and hardware manufacturers. This kit allows developers to create new accessories that can be controlled by Android. The most important update in 2.0 is the ability to output audio to the attached accessory and is useful for creating audio docks. The kit comes preloaded with an alarm clock program

Google Drive SDK 2.0
Maybe not everybody knows this, but with the Google Drive launch also came an SDK. This allows developers to add new possibilities in Google Drive to open a file in a web application. Version 2.0 is now available and includes a new and improved API, better mobile support (iOS is following), embeddable sharing options for web apps and a new option to open Google documents in your app.

Google App Engine update
Google App Engine also had quite some update announcements this year. The cloud service can now be hosted in a EU only datacenter. Great for webapps that need to shave off those extra seconds in response times. SSL is now also supported for custom domains, which is great if you want to serve securely. Also very interesting is the Cloud Endpoint service for API developers. Cloud Endpoint makes it easier for developers to create REST APIs, by providing extra annotations in your application code and generating libraries for Android projects.

There are tons of more (smaller) announcements, but these are some of announcements I like the most. I’m going to catch up on some other sessions I wasn’t able to see yet. So this post might get updated.

Stay tuned.