Impressions of Google I/O 2015

What was interesting about the Keynote:

  • Brillo: the OS for the IoT… but but but, there were no talks about it, almost no information about it, nothing.
  • Android Studio with C++ support: Finally 🙂 The NDK really needs love, and having an IDE that supports it is great. Hey, even Microsoft is supporting the NDK now in VS2015.
  • Photos is decoupled from Google+ with free unlimited storage: This is great. I’ve been using Picasa since day one and I never used Google+ to store my photos. So basically Photos is the same as Picasa, but with unlimited storage.
  • Offline maps: Yeah
  • Chrome Custom Tabs: Interesting alternative to present 3rd party views with the benefits of both the web and native worlds.

What was not-that-interesting about the Keynote:

  • The rest.

I don’t care if Android has better permissions or not (yeah, the old permissions-model sucked, but I don’t find that news interesting). The Family section for Google Play is good, but not interesting. Android Pay, meh. etc.

One thing that I liked, but was not announced on the Keynote, was Project Jacquard. They are using conductive threads and other stuff to create “smart” cloths. Something that Adafruit and Sparkfun have been doing for a while, BTW.

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