Okay, who gave Cap a phone?
There's been plenty of Google to go around today, thanks to their spectacular I/O Keynote this morning. Not only did they extensively cover the new Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q media orb, but also snuck in a few theatrics as well. The highlight was the skydiving-filled Project Glass demonstration that you have to see to believe.
Engadget has a thorough write-up on the event, with news and specs for Android phones, Google Plus, Jelly Bean, and more, while Minipcpro has all the video links from the keynote.
Almost as cool as the Nexus 7 announcement, the Google Nexus Q is a two-pound media ball controlled by Android phones and meant to revolutionize the way media is played socially.
With a cost of $299 at launch, it's three times more expensive than Apple TV. That's a high price to put on streamlined streaming. Still looks cool, though.
Leaking out ahead of the Google I/O keynote is the announcement of their new tablet, the Google Nexus 7. Even the early details are enough to proclaim this new device a strong competitor with the Kindle, Nook, and iPad. The Nexus 7 will sport a quad-core processor, a comfortable grip, front-facing camera, and runs on Google's latest Android OS, 4.1 Jelly Bean.
UPDATE: The Nexus 7 has a confirmed $199 price point, that comes with a $25 Google Play credit. It will be available for pre-order starting later today and will ship in mid-July.
Google has announced it has managed to shrink its Street View photography rig -- usually seen attached to cars or pulled by bikes -- down to a portable size that fits into a backpack.
The new "Street View Trekker" is perfect for
peeking through your windows when you least expect it going places wheeled vehicles can't, like the Grand Canyon, the slopes of Tahoe, and other destinations Google employees are psyched to visit for work.
Of course, it could also be crowdsourced to provide maps of remote areas of the world that still haven't been rendered in 3D for our virtual tourist enjoyment.
Rumors are circulating that the next major version of Apple's iOS, iOS 6, will do away with the Google Maps app that has been preloaded on iPhones since 2007.
Over the past year, Apple has acquired companies like 3D mapping specialists C3 and started using Open Street Maps instead of Google Maps in iPhoto, hinting at the eventual launch of a proprietary Google Maps replacement in iOS. Now it appears that app might show up sooner than previously anticipated.
According to trusted sources, Apple has an incredible headline feature in development for iOS 6: a completely in-house maps application. Apple will drop the Google Maps program running on iOS since 2007 in favor for a new Maps app with an Apple backend. The application design is said to be fairly similar to the current Google Maps program on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but it is described as a much cleaner, faster, and more reliable experience.
Can Apple's new maps app replace a product Google has been evolving for close to a decade?