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Google I/O 2013 keynote

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  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 4:57:56 PM
    Sundar says that Google can do for mobile Web what they did for desktop Web
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 4:58:11 PM
  • stephen.shankland 5/15/2013 4:58:16 PM
    Chromebooks: The $249 Samsung Chromebook is #1 on Amazon's laptop section for 180 consecutive days, says Pichai.
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 4:58:47 PM
    Samsung, Acer, HP now Chrome OS partners
  • stephen.shankland 5/15/2013 4:58:49 PM
    Chromebook Pixel: highest-resolution screen ever shipped on a laptop. "Our goal was to get it into the hands of developers."
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 4:59:16 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 4:59:19 PM
    I'm writing this from a Pixel. It does have a gorgeous screen, as Sundar says, but the killer feature is the 4G (except during Google keynotes)
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 4:59:57 PM
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 5:00:30 PM
  • stephen.shankland 5/15/2013 5:00:31 PM
    Here's an example of how the mobile Web is evolving. Preview for the upcoming movie, "The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug." HTML + CSS means it works well. Works on desktop Web and mobile Web.
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 5:00:54 PM
    Same experience that's on Chrome on Pixel is coming to Chrome on Android"
  • stephen.shankland 5/15/2013 5:01:16 PM
    We're getting a look at the upcoming 3D game Trollshaw Forest game, based on WebGL (3D graphics for the Web). "This wasn't possible on the Web last year."
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 5:01:17 PM
    WebGL a big part of Chrome, both desktop and Android
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 5:02:05 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 5:02:15 PM
    that WebGL big part of Google Maps, too
  • stephen.shankland 5/15/2013 5:02:30 PM
    Trollshaw Forest, to be clear, was on Chrome on a Nexus 10 tablet, where performance is a problem. WebGL is in some desktop browsers, but only is just arriving on mobile. (And Microsoft still publicly hates WebGL.)
  • stephen.shankland 5/15/2013 5:02:49 PM
    Linus Upson, VP of engineering for Chrome, now on stage.
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 5:02:54 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 5:03:28 PM
    Big PR push for Chrome by Linus. "we're making the Web better"
  • stephen.shankland 5/15/2013 5:04:01 PM
    Speed, simplicity, and security are the three Chrome priorities. Now Google wants to improve that for mobile browsing.
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 5:04:20 PM
    "JavaScript performance improved by nearly 25 percent on desktop, more than 50 percent on mobile"
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 5:04:42 PM
    Shout out to Mozilla's asm.js
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 5:04:43 PM
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 5:05:05 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 5:05:18 PM
    ASM.js has made JS 2.4x faster in the past four weeks for Chrome
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 5:06:01 PM
  • stephen.shankland 5/15/2013 5:06:13 PM
    Now we're getting the WebP image-format sales pitch. One image of a cute dog is 30% smaller than the equivalent JPEG. And of course it supports animations so we can leave animated GIFs behind.
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 5:06:39 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 5:06:53 PM
    Here comes VP9
  • stephen.shankland 5/15/2013 5:07:02 PM
    Google's biggest ally for WebP is Facebook, which is testing it:
  • stephen.shankland 5/15/2013 5:07:32 PM
    On to the codec wars. VP9 is better than H.264, says Linus Upson. 50% reduction.
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 5:07:35 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 5:07:41 PM
    VP9: 63 percent smaller than H264, for particular video being shown
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 5:07:57 PM
    Also uses less bandwidth
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 5:08:03 PM
  • stephen.shankland 5/15/2013 5:08:10 PM
    The big problem with the VP9 comparison, though, is that it'll compete against H.265, not just H.264. Also, Google has to wrestle Nokia's patent lawyers into submission.
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 5:08:18 PM
    Google has built a data compression proxy for Chrome on mobile
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 5:08:45 PM
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 5:09:22 PM

    Too many steps!

  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 5:09:25 PM
    Our story on proxy browsing, from March:
  • James Martin 5/15/2013 5:10:08 PM

    Simpler payments

  • stephen.shankland 5/15/2013 5:10:24 PM
    Abandonment rate of 97% for mobile purchases made online because of too many services. But with Google's approach, 3 steps. Google Wallet makes an appearance.
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 5:11:24 PM
    "We want this elegant UI framework across all devices"
  • stephen.shankland 5/15/2013 5:11:24 PM
    Upson has lots of nitty gritty news here. One is Web components, an "elegant UI frame work that works across all form factors, all devices." Of course, it's open-source software.
  • seth.rosenblatt 5/15/2013 5:11:33 PM
    It's video time!
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