With an epic Day One of Google I/O in the rearview mirror — a day that included a major new release to Android, a new Google-branded tablet and home entertainment device, and a wacky high-wire stunt act involving sky divers and Google Glasses — Day Two might find itself with a hard act to follow. However, Google is expected to focus much more on the Web during the second day of its Google I/O show, with news expected from its Chrome and Chrome OS divisions as well as a new cloud service that you first heard about here at GigaOM.
Just like yesterday, we’ll be providing live coverage of the event here, with frequent updates over the course of the morning’s keynote session as well as links to our coverage throughout the day. The live updates will begin (hopefully) around 10 a.m. PT, assuming Google irons out the kinks in the crowd-control measures for the Google I/O keynotes as to permit everyone to enter the third floor of the Moscone Center in a timely fashion.
During the morning events, this page will refresh automatically every five minutes with the latest updates starting at 10 a.m., and we’ll plug in links to our coverage as stories emerge.
Update: Several sessions for developers remain over the rest of today and tomorrow, but that’s it for the keynote presentations. Here are the stories that have emerged from Google I/O on Thursday:
- Google releases Chrome for iPhone and iPad
- Taking on Amazon, Google launches EC2 rival Compute Engine
- Google Docs goes offline while Drive comes to iOS
9:53 a.m.: Either there are a lot less people here today for Day Two of Google I/O, or Google figured out how to manage huge crowds, because getting onto the third floor of Moscone Center was a breeze today. The hall is filling, and we’re waiting for Google to start.
10:07 a.m.: Google’s kicking off the second day with a deafening countdown. We’re all awake now. Vic Gundotra is going to be the master of ceremonies for today’s event as well. Vic’s rocking the baby blue Google Glasses on stage today.
10:11 a.m.: As expected, this is going to be a Chrome and Chrome OS day, which means that Sundar Pichai, last seen at Structure 2012 last week, is out to talk about what’s new. He says he’s going to focus on the cloud and Chrome OS, as well as services for developers. If you’ve been reading Om’s stories lately, you’ve got a pretty good idea what he means by that last one. Network connectivity is exploding, he said, as mobile devices become the primary way of getting onto the Internet for lots of people.
10:14 a.m.: There are 310 million people using Chrome right now, Pichai said. He’s claiming that Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, which is a bit controversial an assertion at the moment given the way recent market-share stats from StatCounter were presented.
10:17 a.m.: Brian Rakowski, vp president for Chrome, has taken the stage to talk about how Chrome can be used across multiple devices. Most people switch between home and work devices every day, and Chrome settings can of course be synced across different computers. Nothing ground-breaking so far, which makes it really easy to tell where the Google employees are seated in the keynote hall when wild cheers and applause greet the notion of synced bookmarks.
10:20 a.m.: Rakowski also demonstrates how this feature works on mobile devices running Chrome, which is still a new notion of course, but Chrome will be the default browser on the Nexus 7 tablet unveiled yesterday now that it is ready to come out of beta.
But now we’re getting something new: Google is releasing Chrome for the iPhone. It will arrive in the App Store later today.
10:24 a.m.: There will also be a version for the iPad. It works pretty much the same as the regular version of Chrome, with synced settings between different devices and “icognito mode.” “No matter which device you are using, we are working really hard across all software platforms,” Pichai says upon returning to the stage.
10:27 a.m.: Pichai is now shifting into Google Apps mode, talking about the various apps that Google has introduced since 2004 and Google’s pitch to get more businesses using Google Apps internally. Five million businesses have signed up for Google’s application services, he said. Enterprise computing has switched from maximizing individual productivity to fostering collaboration among employees, which means that new computers and new services are needed. And now, it’s time for a Google Apps commercial!
10:31 a.m.: I actually kind of like the Hall and Oates one, if you haven’t seen that yet. We’re now going to get an update on Google Drive from Clay Bavor, director of product management for Google Apps. Starting to sense a theme: Google Drive will now be available for iOS and Chrome OS. Bavor moves into a demonstration of Google Drive on the iPad, showing how you can search for documents and files stored in remote locations.
10:35 a.m.: Google Drive for iOS will be available later today. Bavor moves over to a Chromebook, which is a little different because Chromebooks don’t have internal storage, so Google Drive is really like the file system for Chrome OS. He also demonstrates Google Docs on the Chromebook, and finally solves one of the big issues with Chrome OS: Google Docs will now work offline.
10:40 a.m.: There’s a new SDK available for Google Drive, which allows third-party developers to integrate Google Drive into their apps. The guys from HelloFax (an initial Google Drive partner) get a shout-out in the keynote, and LucidChart is also used as an example. Developers report that Google Drive integration makes for more engaged users than those developers see from folks coming directly to their apps, Bavor claims. A second version of the software is being released today, with explanatory sessions to follow.
10:42 a.m.: Pichai is back to talk about Chrome OS. He’s focusing on the speed of the second-generation Chromebooks, which were much faster than the initial version, as well as the automatic updating of the software. Chromebooks are coming to physical retail stores through a partnership with Best Buy in the U.S. and Dixons in the U.K. A new lineup of devices seems planned for the holiday shopping season.
10:47 a.m.: Urs Holzle is out to talk about cloud applications and web developers. He starts out with some updates on Google App Engine, some of which Barb Darrow covered yesterday. “Many of you have said you want even more options,” he said, noting that folks are calling for “many virtual machines.” He announces Google Compute Engine, a service that will let developers run their apps on Google’s cloud.
10:50 a.m.: Urs is showing how the Institute for Systems Biology, a Compute Engine beta tester, used the service. This was a pretty complex app called Genome Explorer, and it could take up to 10 minutes to process tasks on the group’s in-house infrastructure. On Google’s service, those tasks were reduced to seconds.
10:54 a.m.: Google is selling Compute Engine on “scale, performance, and value,” taking the first clear shot at Amazon’s rival service. It’s open now in a limited preview: “10,000 cores, I think that’s really cool. But you know what’s really cool,” Holzle asks with a smile? Google can scale higher if needed, referring to a counter that has been running behind Holzle’s presentation. It stops at 771,886 cores, which are apparently available to app developers. The Institute for Systems Biology demonstration pops when given 600,00 cores to use, as compared to the 100,000 it was using before.
10:59 a.m.: Pichai is back. He’s talking about games at the moment, demonstrating how games can be streamed online. Of course, they demonstrate a shooter. The game takes advantage of Native Client on a Chromebox to deliver the performance without crushing the internet connection. He’s running down the different games and other apps available in the Chrome App Store. Like Docs, Google is working to make other Chrome apps available offline and deliver more full-screen apps.
11:03 a.m.: Two representatives from Cirque du Soleil have come out on stage, talking about how they have been trying to create the same experience of their live shows on the web. We’re getting a demo of the web app that they created: it’s sort of like playing a game with Cirque du Soleil characters, only it doesn’t cost $139 a ticket.
11:06 a.m.: Everything was created with standard web technologies, according to the group, which impresses the developers in the crowd. It’s a very realistic simulation, which has been very hard (if not impossible) to do without dedicated hardware for years. This is still a work in progress, but it’s a nice endorsement for web technologies at the heart of things like Chrome OS.
11:07 a.m.: While I’m busy not paying attention to this Chrome OS commercial currently airing on stage, check out Om Malik’s in-depth look at Google Compute Engine.
11:12 a.m.: We’re all getting Samsung Chromeboxes! The roar from the crowd is a little less deafening then it was yesterday for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 tablets. But we’re not done: Sergey Brin is back with a live video from the roof of the Moscone Center, where yesterday Google pulled off a tech conference demo for the ages of its Google Glass project. Brin is demoing the Glasses and they are apparently going to do this again.
11:16 a.m.: Brin makes sure to note that Google coordinated this stunt with the city of San Francisco and the FAA. They’ve got more cameras in place today and they’re going to show this again as a Google Hangout, with Brin’s Glasses giving the perspective from the roof and Glasses on the jumpers showing the view on the way down. We’re waiting for the jumpmaster to give the all-clear.
11:20 a.m.: Google brought out special radios for the stunt today, which apparently will improve connectivity to the Glasses. Brin is giving a play-by-play from the roof, as opposed to his perch onstage yesterday. The jumpers all made it down safely, and the picture was a little clearer today because of the improved connectivity. A little anti-climactic, perhaps, but still pretty amazing.
11:23 a.m.: Brin is walking us through a bit of the behind-the-scenes stuff, but we’re otherwise getting basically the same stunt as yesterday. A poor camera guy just walked into a pole on the roof of the building, which got a sympathetic groan out of Sergey. Perhaps most interesting at this point is the addition of shades to Google Glasses.
11:27 a.m.: They basically repeated the same whole stunt from yesterday, with bikers and rappelling and all. Not sure what the point of doing that again was, but if you haven’t seen the video from yesterday, it’s worth checking out. That’s going to be all for today’s announcements, thanks again for hanging out with us.