I’m here at Google’s London office, where they’re streaming the IO keynote.
Eric Schmidt talks about Ajax, always-on, simplicity, and how it’s improved life.
Vic Gundotra’s on. We spent too long not fully using XML, CSS, etc., i.e mid-late ’90s they were there, but really started using them to the max around ~2005. Let’s not wait so long for the current technologies.
Now we’re talking about five things that excite Google. (He doesn’t identify the 5 things.)
Canvas. Includes a demo of Bespin – nice one Dion, Ben, and Joe :).
3d graphics – keen to work with people on APIs for this. Good demo, but it’s a plugin, so still needs work!
Video. Shows YouTube.
Address from Firefox VP.
Firefox 3.5. As well as canvas and video, …
Great performance boosts since 3.0 and ?10 times since 2.0.
Support for Geo-Location.
Support for offline.
Support for web workers.
A geo-location demo. Browser gathers signal strengths of nearby hotspots and worked out lat/longs. If cellphone, towers. Or GPS if it’s there. Users will be able to download add-ons to choose the functionality. (Very Fire Eagle).
Back to Vic
And Apple have also implemented W3C Location API, so it’s there in Google Maps on iPhone 3.0 OS.
Demo-ing a simple offline app, and then showing GMail on Android and iPhone, Google’s first major HTML 5 app.
Michael ?? from Palm. Showing how HTML5 is used – e.g. CSS transformations for animation.
Back to Vic
App Engine and GWT Talks
Google Web Elements
Inspired by embedding videos etc.
It’s bascally widgets 12.0. Just a much cleaner way of grabbing gadgets and putting them on your page – get some cut and paste HTML, which is an iframe rather than the usual script tag.
Ready now at http://www.google.com/webelements
I’ll embed one here:
As part of Android, there will be an open source text-to-speech available. (How about a public one for any web developer?)
He gives away 4000 Android phones, one per person. In London, we get pizza and soft drinks. But then, a small detail – the SF attendees actually paid for to be there! We just left the St James office and rocked up, so a decent event all things considered. Thanks to Google for hosting it and hopefully the same next year.