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Google I/O Wednesday Keynote

Google is kicking off its developer conference with a keynote Wednesday morning.

  • James Martin 6/27/2012 4:57:30 PM

    Music right in notifications

  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 4:57:55 PM
    You can use a two-finger gesture to expand a notification to get more information.
  • James Martin 6/27/2012 4:58:06 PM

    Pulse news notifications with headlines

  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 4:58:13 PM
    Android makes life easier. Simple tasks should never require complex features.
  • Brian Bennett 6/27/2012 4:58:19 PM
    Nice, I dig my TuneIn man :)
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 4:58:29 PM
    Now we're talking about search. New UI, voice search and Google Now.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 4:58:43 PM
    Voice search is getting a big makeover. Google Now could be a Siri competitor.
  • James Martin 6/27/2012 4:58:45 PM

    Next up: Search

  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 4:58:53 PM
    Knowledge Graph: Google wants to understand what words you're using for search to deliver richer results.
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 4:59:21 PM
    Searching for starbucks, you get info on what's close to you and you get a map showing you how to get there.
  • James Martin 6/27/2012 4:59:26 PM

    Knowledge Graph search results cards

  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 4:59:27 PM
    The card layouts that Google will present to you as search results look really good, like packaged apps, not just plain text.
  • James Martin 6/27/2012 4:59:54 PM

    Search results read back to you

  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 4:59:55 PM
    I'm guessing they're using Wolfram Alpha to answer some questions like the Prime Minister of Japan.
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 4:59:56 PM
    Google Voice Search- WE are seeing a demo of it. Who is the prime minister if Japan? And we get the answer. Applause.
  • James Martin 6/27/2012 5:00:26 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 5:00:29 PM
    The room here exploded in applause. I'm guessing that the devs are happy to have something to show Apple fans.
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:00:36 PM
    What is definition of robot? And now we get another answer. Why are all the voice services that these companies the voice of a woman?
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:01:10 PM
    The voice search seems to be working pretty well.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 5:01:12 PM
    If you swipe away the card, you'll get Web search results regardless. Nice.
  • James Martin 6/27/2012 5:01:18 PM

    Search results for "Show me pictures of pigmey Marmosetts

  • James Martin 6/27/2012 5:01:43 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 5:01:48 PM
    "Smartphones are only as smart as you tell them to be."
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:02:01 PM
    Third part of the search results is Google Now. "Smartphones are only as smart as you ask them to be." But Google Now changes that.
  • James Martin 6/27/2012 5:02:37 PM

    Google Now traffic results.

  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:02:42 PM
    It uses info already in your phone like calendar info etc to bring better results. So it can tell how long your commute and then when you ask for info about a route, it gives you more detailed infor,
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 5:02:42 PM
    The Google Now commuter feature sounds a lot like the one that Nokia just announced for Windows Phone.
  • James Martin 6/27/2012 5:03:09 PM

    Google Now: predictive transit results

  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:03:10 PM
    Google Now will show you places as you walk down a streeet. And it will tell you what the restaurant is known for.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 5:03:15 PM
    It'll also expose things like local spots and their specialities, and bus lines nearby. As a commuter, I can get behind that.
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:03:45 PM
    Flights: If you have an upcoming flight that you have searched for it will update you on delays and tell you where gate is. All of its done autpmatically.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 5:03:46 PM
    This might be a San Francisco thing, but I find that Google's bus predictions aren't always correct in real life. Still, this is a really useful feature.
  • James Martin 6/27/2012 5:03:47 PM

    Google Now will tell you when to leave for appointments based on traffic times and transit routes.

  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 5:04:11 PM
    Google knows your favorite teams because you've searched for them.
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:04:35 PM
    Google Now knows your favorite sports teams because it knows what you've searched for and then gives you scores and info on that team.
  • James Martin 6/27/2012 5:04:36 PM

    "You don't need to set up your favorite teams, you've already done that by searching for them on Google."

  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 5:04:38 PM
    When you travel, Google wraps in some simple translation, exchange rates, and time zones to help you out.
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:05:00 PM
    A demo of Google Now. You can tap or swipe up and see Google Search and also see header with time and location.
  • James Martin 6/27/2012 5:05:11 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 5:05:19 PM
    Google Now takes a cue from Siri in it's position at the bottom of the phone. Except you swipe up.
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:05:30 PM
    Google Now tells you about a meeting and then tells you when you should leave so you wont' be late for you meeting.
  • James Martin 6/27/2012 5:05:44 PM

    It's time to leave, or you'll be late!

  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 5:05:46 PM
    Because Jelly Bean builds of Ice Cream Sandwich, you can swipe away cards and notes when you're done with them.
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:06:01 PM
    It also knows you're a SF giants fan, and it tells you when they are playing next and gives the option to buy tickets.
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:06:45 PM
    Google Now also knows where you are to offer you some advice on what to eat for lunch.
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:06:59 PM
    The search gets smarter as you use it so that it
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 5:07:00 PM
    I hate to be a Debbie Downer about this, but restaurant recommendation engines are sometimes also a little wonky, suggesting spots further away than what's in the immediate neighborhood. It'll be interesting to see how well this will work with GPS.
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:07:13 PM
    So that's it able to give you more detailed information from Google Now.
  • James Martin 6/27/2012 5:07:43 PM
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:07:54 PM
    When is Jellybean? Starting in mid July. It will be available on Galaxy Nexus devices and Moto Xoom.
  • James Martin 6/27/2012 5:08:40 PM


  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/27/2012 5:08:43 PM
    Hello, fragmentation. Jelly Bean 4.1 on some, while most Gingerbread phones await Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • Marguerite Reardon 6/27/2012 5:08:55 PM
    Platform Dev Kit which is like SDK but it's for hardware developers so that companies can make awesome hardware for Android. Available 2-3 months of all future Android software updates.
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