Google IO 2012 keynote

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My thoughts on stuff announced at the Google IO 2012 keynote yesterday, in order of how I’m remembering them not how they were ordered in the keynote.

  • Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” enhancements - thumbs up, look like good stuff, nothing revolutionary but some good evolutionary changes.
  • Nexus 7 tablet - been waiting for this for months, pre-ordered the 16Gb version during the keynote. :) Will do a post about it when it arrives.
  • Various Google Play media announcements - meh, I’m maybe slightly more likely to buy media from Google than Apple, but in general not that likely to do either.
  • Google+ enhancements - meh, I barely use Google+. Interesting that the Events changes seem to have pissed off half the Internet.
  • Nexus Q media device - interesting choice they would release this, I have no idea who the market is - hardcore hackers wanting a media device to play with would be better with a Raspberry Pi and the non-hackerly would probably get an Apple TV for $110. I have a Linux XBMC box I built with an Acer Revo 3610 that was under $200. So… don’t think this will fly, at least at this price.
  • Google Glass demo - interesting, and certainly entertaining, though questionable to have such a huge demo for something not available to even select devs until next year. Personally I could see possibly using a Glass-like device in certain situations – at work, or when I specifically know I want to capture lots of video or photos – but the concept of wearing one all the time that they’re trying to promote gives me the heebie jeebies.

So, any thoughts?