Google I/O 2011 News Round Up

Written by Matthew   //

May 10, 2022   //



If you didn’t know already, one of the biggest tech events of the year has kicked off.  Google I/O 2011 is when Google takes the stage and reminds everyone why they are going to take over the industry.  Which industry?  Every Industry. Too keep everyone informed, we will just update this post as things happen.

Google announces Android 3.1, available on Verizon Xoom today

Android 3.1 is out coming out and coming to Verizon Xoom 3G customers today.  Android 3.1 brings improvements like re-sizeable widgets, USB Host Mode which will allow you to import photos to your tablet directly from your digital camera, plug keyboards and other USB accessories.  Google Movies is also included and will allow you to rent thousands of movies from the Android market.  The list goes on but if you have a Verizon Xoom let us know when you get the update.

Google Music Beta

Google has finally annouced and official music service. The service is launching in beta today, allowing 20,000 songs, and it’ll be free — “at least while it’s in beta.” Also, the updated music app is available now, which will work with any music on your phone and any phone running Android 2.2 or above. To access all the features you have to be apart of the bet. The Lucky Google I/O attendees already have access

Google Promises Timely Updates



Google announced a coalition of manufacturers and carriers committed to making sure their Android devices receive the very latest updates. All four major US carriers (and Vodafone) as well as HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola are on board, and all will guarantee you timely upgrades to the latest version of Android for eighteen months after release, provided the hardware’s capable.

Google Ice Cream Sandwich coming in Q4 2011

Google Ice Cream Sandwich coming in Q4 2011

“One OS that runs everywhere.” There you have it, folks! Google intends to meld its Honeycomb tablet wares and Gingerbread smartphone software into one delicious Ice Cream Sandwich.

[email protected]

[email protected] is something that we all knew was coming. When you think of [email protected] you may be thinking about home appliances. Don’t worry, I thought the same. Although that isn’t exactly what was discussed, I assure you, a google refrigerator is closer than you think.

Ok so what is [email protected]? Right now it’s just a concept but the possibilities are theoretically endless. You would be able to turn your lights on and off with your Android device. You can use your device to set your alarm or even your air condition.

Google demoed a new product, called Project Tungsten, which is similar to Apple’s AirPlay. Tungsten will allow a user to control and play music remotely to speakers connected to the [email protected] network with ease. Google also demoed some NFC-enabled CD cases, which was truly amazing to see. When the CD case touched the Tungsten device, the entire CD was added to the network’s music library. Touching the CD again to the device immediately started playing the music.




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