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The next version of Android is officially Jelly BeansGoogle I/O is almost here, and the Google Developers have created a nifty widget for enabling the live stream of the video on your blog, as well as embedding my own Google+ stream as a Live Blog of sorts, so head on after the break for my live blog where I will post about the stream while it happens.

In preparation for I/O, on the Google Developers Plus page, the Development team has now officially confirmed the name of the next version of Android will be “Jelly Beans.”  The confirmation comes with a new statue on the Googleplex Lawn. Continue reading →

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Since the very beginning, when met with an Atom or RSS feed, Google Chrome responds by rendering the XML as unformatted xml (unless your feed happens to have an XSL stylesheet like feedburner adds).  One of the earliest bugs reported to Google is that this should not be, that it would instead be more friendly to invite the user to subscribe to the feed in a feed reader (like Firefox does) or render the feed yourself (like Safari does).

In the recently released stable Chrome 19, one of the new features is that instead of displaying the XML as unformatted xml, it fires off a view web intent instead.  This may be a good first step towards making feeds friendlier to use.  Instead of seeing a page the average reader doesn’t understand, they could be shown their own apps that they’ve installed. Continue reading →

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Remember when GMail first came out?  1GB of email was unheard of, especially in a free service at the time.  One of Google’s big selling points was “you’ll never need to delete another message.”  It was right there on the home page.  If you compare the home pages from 2004 and today for Gmail you’ll note they still refer to it as being “Lots of space” but they no longer say you’ll never need to delete another message.  The message about never deleting email disappeared sometime between March, 2009 and December 2009.

Why did the message go away?  Because the users proved that 1GB (then 2GB, then 4GB, then 7GB) simply wasn’t enough to store EVERY email.  To combat this, back in 2007, Google released a means of purchasing more storage space at a rate of 6GB for $20/year, this storage would be shared amongst your Google Docs, GMail, and Picasa accounts.  Over time these prices got even better.  Yesterday you could buy 20GB of storage for $5 a year.

Today however, with the Google Drive release, the prices have changed from being yearly, to being monthly, while yesterday you could get 20GB for $5 a year, today the cheapest plan is 25GB for $2.49 a month (which comes out to $29.88/year).  This is a very significant increase, but it’s not what I find the most annoying:  GMail storage space is now completely separate than Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) and Picasa storage.  The 25GB you are purchasing is only for Google Drive and Picasa, not for GMail.

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This morning Google opened up a programming competition using the same system as Google Code Jam (they called it the Google Code Jam Sprint to I/O) to win the right to buy 1 of 100 tickets to Google I/O.  Normal Registration for the conference closed 20 minutes after it opened back on March 27th due to the incredible demand, so naturally those developers who couldn’t get in before were excited and ready to battle for the chance to buy a ticket.

The competition consisted of 2 problems, programmers could write their code in any language (as long as the compiler is free to use).  It would work like this, you would write a program according to their specifications of the problem, and then you would submit it.  When you submit it, google would provide you with a file of sample input data and then give you 1 minute to run your code against that sample data and then submit the output to them.  They would then run a validator across the output and tell you if you were correct or not.  If you were correct, it would accept your answer, if not, it would reject it.

The first question went like this (paraphrasing)

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Sold Out in less than 30 minutes

Google I/O sold out in Less than 30 minutes

Even though Google doubled the price (paid $450 last year, this year $900), Google I/O sold out even faster than last year.  Last year it took about 45 minutes for Google’s Developer conference to sell out, this year it was all over in just over 20 minutes according to a post on Google+ by Google VP Vic Gundotra.

I’m glad to say I will be at I/O this year once again, but all but one of my colleagues who tried to buy tickets were unable to acquire them.  Will I see you at Google I/O?

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Ever since the Profiles feature was first announced in the canary build I was excited, but it was limited (biggest limitation, these profiles weren’t saved) and the canary build was very unstable at the time. Eventually that early version moved into later builds, but the canary build updated further to allow saving those profiles for later use (making switching between different identities easy).

It would seem that the updated profiles (with the profile icon and saving the profiles for later) have now moved into the beta build, which I use on a day to day basis. I am really excited about this feature as I routinely have to use multiple accounts on various website throughout the day and it’s annoying to constantly have to sign out and sign back in to use it.  This is especially true on google.com now that Google Apps for Domains accounts are full fledged google accounts.  I have my company email account, my personal email account, and still another shared company account we use for certain things, and switching is quite annoying, especially if I forget which account I’m in.

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So I really like Google+ and happily post away to my Google+ Profile.  Unfortunately not everybody has access to G+ yet.  Facebook still is king of the ring, but I’ve long wanted to do what Google+ does natively, which is to say specify who should see my posts based on groupings.

It turns out, facebook does have this feature, but it only works from the Facebook Website (not from the mobile apps or through the API) and it’s a lot more kludgy to use then it is in Google+.   Continue reading →

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UPDATE: I was right, tonight Google announced Google Groups is now part of Google Apps for Domains!

This morning I noticed a change in the way emails sent to a group (formerly known as list) email address on google apps for domains appear. Below is an example of the bottom of the email headers on an email sent to one of my groups on nick.pro:

On the other hand here is the bottom of the email headers on an email sent to that same group today:

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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.