Google IO Day 2 AnnouncementsIt's the second day of Google IO, and it has shaped up to be pretty interesting, too. Here's a brief rundown of the important new things that were announced or revealed today.
Chromebook and Chromebox ImprovementsGoogle's Chrome OS hasn't gotten a ton of love or press lately, but the company is still hard at work making it into the best web operating system available.
Today they announced that Chrome OS (along with iOS) will get Google Drive support, bringing the cloud to Google's cloud operating system.
Google also revealed that many apps will finally be getting offline support, including Google Docs. Which it is really about time for.
They also demonstrated many graphical demos being run on a Chromebook, all coded in HTML5. Google is really pushing web development technologies right now. Here's a few of the demos if you happen to have a WebGL capable browser:
Finally, all Google IO attendees will be getting a Chromebook to go with their new Nexus phone, tablet and Q. That's 4 devices that together would total at least $1,000 in givaways. Which i even more than the ticket price to get intot Google IO.
Google ComputeGoogle is also getting into the cloud hosting space with Google Compute, its Amazon S2 competitor. This is a cloud hosting platform that will run Linux and offer a rich way to cluster together virtual servers. Apparently it is half the cost of competing technologies, too.
Some StatsWhat's an event like this without some bragging? Apparently the chrome browser has 310 million users, which makes it the most popular browser in the world. That's twice the number that were using it last year. Gmail has 425 million users, and has been growing at a rate of at least 15 million users a month since January.