This was an absolutely packed keynote! Check out what Google has in store for it’s users.
We’re moving on to security and legacy issues. Windows XP is still in widespread use. How sad! Pichai notes that many companies are moving their application to the Web (like SAP and salesforce.com). Yep! So Google Chromebooks partnered with Citrix and VMWare to make sure those same applications are available in the browser. Yay!
Google did a lot of testing with enterprise. Because Chromebooks are cheap, they’ll work well for small businesses and government use, he says. Moreover, because they’re automatically updated they mean fewer headaches for IT. Both of the Chromebooks available to individuals will also be available to businesses. (Um, good?) Bigger news: Businesses can get Chromebooks for a monthly price of $US28 per user, including software and hardware.
Business Chromebooks will also be available starting June 15, from the same channels.
The second is from Acer. It’s and 11.6-inch display, with a 6.5-hour battery. The Acer starts at $US349 and up.
Both will be available starting June 15 from Amazon, Best Buy, in the US the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy. Take that, Ireland!
Pichai is touting that you can jailbreak these. Bold!
Yep. Netflix will work out of the box, as will MOG, Pandora and other web services. But what about photos? Oh good! Liu is going to show us now. I was afriad he was just going to mention photos and then not address how they worked. That was foolish of me.
Liu is showing how he can get photos to the cloud as quickly as possible. A send to Picasa button pops up, and sends him a link to view it online. It is quick and somewhat easy. You can also upload documents, spreadsheets, and other data to Google services.
There’s a mysterious Box.net button he hasn’t addressed.
Ah-ha! He’s noting that because APIs are built directly in the Chrome OS, anyone can build apps. There’s the Box.net answer. He also mentions Dropbox. The idea is that any web app can register itself and handle your local files.
Pichai is making an interesting point: most computers tend to get worse over time. Because Chomebooks are constantly being updated, they will get better.
The CR-48 Chromebook pilot program had one million applicants. No wonder I didn’t get one! He’s saying they’ve greatly improved them based on user feedback. And now Kan Liu is out to show off new features of Chrome OS they’ve added based on the pilot program.
Now we’re looking at wire frames. I’m a little confused. I think we’re looking at the future of the web, which apparently requires drugs?
The online version of Angry Birds will include the Mighty Eagle (a level clearing feature) that you can buy as an extra. Which is great! But if you use it you still suck. The game will be available right after the keynote. They’re saying they could be here playing Angry Birds all day. Which would be exciting! To watch a CEO play a game onstage for hours. Or not. And Pichai is back again. He’s bringing Aaron Koblin from the Google creative lab team out.
The demo is pretty slick. Everything is moving fluidly, at 60 fps. They built it using WebGL, and it supports Canvas.
Oh, this is kind of interesting: You can play the complete game offline. That’s great news if you’re flying on some horrible, horrible airline that doesn’t have Wi-Fi.
Sundar Pichai is back, and we’re moving on to the Chome Web store. First news? They’re making the Web store available in 41 languages to all users of Chrome. Vikas Gupta is going to walk us through the store.
He’s demoing how Graphically, a comics vendor, works on the Web Store. It lets users sample comics before purchasing, then buy with a single click, and keep reading. It’s done with a single line of code. Development is very easy. Fees for developing for the Store is a flat fee of 5 per cent. No fixed fees, monthly fees, signup fees, or licensing fees. Developers are excited! Matt and I are both getting a little antsy.
Now we’re demoing how well Chrome performs with the MSFT fishtank sprite animation. It works great all the way up to 1000 fish per second. WebGL you can take it all the way up to 10,000 fish per second with great performance. This is all kind of interesting, but the takeaway is that it’s very fast.
Oh, and it worked. He performed a speech search for Emma Caulfield and found the show Bandwagon. Even cooler, he added a translate attribute, says “welcome to San Francisco” and it actually worked.
And now Sundar Pichai is out front. In the past year, Chrome browser has gone from 70 million active users to 160 million. More than doubled. It’s now available for Mac and Linux as well as Windows. They’ve gone to six week release cycles, and have gone from Chrome 4 to Chrome 12. And now we’re going to talk about Chrome APIs with Ian Ellison-Taylor.
But he’s fine! Don’t worry! Except for you, [REDACTED] .
Today Matt smells like sandalwood and honeysuckle, which is nice given how many secret farters are in the room. A big screen has lots of floating Chrome logos. The overhead music is sort of Buddha-bar-ish. I’m pretty sure they swiped the soundtrack from a W Hotel bathroom, or maybe Virgin America. Either way, we are chilling out and ready for some cool Chrome action.