I was wrong, Turns out Chrome Extensions aren’t ready yet

I’m attending the Developing Extensions for Google Chrome session right now, which is hosted by Aaron Boodman who is noted for being the creator of the Greasemonkey Firefox Extension and who now works at Google, and is working on Chrome Extensions. He Started this session with a disclaimer “This is alpha code, we are not announcing Extensions for Chrome today” (see my Tweet of Disappointment at that).

That said, the way extensions are handled in Google Chrome is actually really cool. Extensions are very simple to implement, and I’m probably going to write some development Chrome Extensions as early as this week, unfortunately no NORMAL user of Chrome will be able to install it (only people using the dev release of chrome and who manually install it can use them). Still interesting, but my exclamation of February that earned me lots of pageviews as it showed up on Techcrunch, CNET, Lifehacker, and Mashable (and many others), was unfortunately wrong, and I’m not to big to admit it (certainly if I didn’t admit it, someone would do so in the comments, and rightfully so).

Am I totally disappointed? In this yes, but in I/O, for one thing, it was announced during the keynote today that every attendee of I/O gets a free unlocked Android Mobile Phone, WITH a free month of unlimited voice and data service on it, very cool.

UPDATE: The Session video is now up on youtube, I’ve embedded it below:

Ready for Google I/O 2009

My wife and are are checked into our hotel in San Francisco. Tomorrow begins Google I/O 2009 at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco. I’m quite looking forward to two days of Google Developer Goodness. I’m hoping that we’ll learn about a lot of great new updates to Google APIs and developer tools, and of course, I haven’t forgot about my prediction that Google Chrome will get Extensions at Google I/O. I’m a little more cautious about saying that for sure, but I’m still pretty optimistic that it will happen, or at least we’ll get some sort of time table as to when we will.

After all Developing Extensions for Google Chrome is still on the Agenda, in the very first timeslot of the conference (after the Keynote that is) in fact. I’m expecting to get a formal announcement about Extensions either during the Keynote itself, or at least during that particular session.  But we’ll find out if I’m right tomorrow.  Hopefully I’ll find time to write up some notes I took from the Conference over the next couple of days, but if it is anything like last year, time will be short indeed.

On a related matter, if any of my readers are here at Google I/O, leave me a comment, or tweet to me <a href=”http://twitter.com/nickmoline”>@nickmoline</a>, I’m looking forward to meeting with fellow developers during the conference.