Google I/O is a developer conference hosted by Google where they have developers from all over the world come together for 2 days to discuss technical content and building the next generation of web, mobile and enterprise applications.
Google I/O is usually in high demand and this year’s tickets for the event were sold quickly enough causing server crashes and more. If you are a developer who wanted to go to the event but could not get a ticket, here is your chance to win free tickets for the Google I/O event to be held on May 10-11, 2011 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
The free tickets will be given away as part of a contest Google is holding for developers. The contest will be held for 10 days in March. Each day Google will ask developers to solve questions and challenges before picking a final winner for the day. The schedule for the contests is as follows (all times in PST):
- March 16 – Android, 9:00 am
- March 17 – Chrome, 9:00 am
- March 18 – App Engine, 9:00 am
- March 21 – YouTube APIs, 9:00 am
- March 22 – Game Developers, 9:00 am
- March 23 – Google Maps / Geo, 4:00 pm
- March 24 – Commerce, 9:00 am
- March 25 – Developer Tools / GWT, 9:00 am
- March 28 – Accessibility, 4:00 pm
- March 29 – Google Apps / Enterprise, 4:00 pm
All the challenges will have 2 rounds with the first round being a rapid-fire question/answer round which will qualify developers to move onto the round 2; which is a coding challenge.
The contest is open to residents of 50 United States and Columbia. Winners of the contest will be announced on April 4. For more information about the winning free Google I/O Developer tickets, visit the contest site.
YouTube is really getting somewhere with its huge bandwidth consumption. It recorded a full 2 billion video views which is a big milestone. Being more ambition as YouTube should get now, it is jealous of people sticking to their television sets. YouTube wants you to dump your TV set and switch to YouTube instead.
What started as a site for bedroom vloggers and viral videos has evolved into a global platform that supports HD and 3D, broadcasts entire sports seasons live to 200+ countries. We bring feature films from Hollywood studios and independent filmmakers to far-flung audiences.
Although the average user spends 15 minutes a day on YouTube, that’s tiny compared to the five hours a day people spend watching TV. Clearly, we need to give you more reason to watch more videos! And we want to give you all the tools and support to make YouTube both your career and your community. After all, this is only the beginning of the video revolution. We’re just getting started.
Those lines are clearly dripping with ambition and YouTube has it in itself to deliver this. Though, let us see what hinders this development.
Firstly, the worldwide Internet and broadband connection is still not capable of watching streaming videos. That is when we have a satisfactory broadband penetration which is again a far-sight.
Secondly, the cost of watching TV is far lower than watching videos on the Internet at many places in the world. The better option is the cheaper one for most people out there.
Thirdly, the playtime and quality of videos on YouTube is just not enough to keep people glued to it like they are to TV. And finally, there is a big difference between watching short 2-5 minute video clips and full movies and serials.
YouTube has plans for a new clean uncluttered look which it will roll out soon. It is expected that YouTube will try and bring the user experience closer to the TV using this new interface.
At Google I/O there were three major announcements. Froyo, WebM and Google TV have got their fair share of media coverage. Now that the dust has settled some technical details about Google TV have surfaced.
What Google TV is not?
- A television channel
- A Google branded television set
What Google TV is?
It is a software platform. Television equipment manufacturers can install Google TV on their products like TV sets or peripherals like set-top boxes. In simplest terms, Google TV will allow you to surf the web on your television.
Technical details: Google TV is based on Google’s Android platform. The only difference as of now is that unlike on Android phones, the browser in Google TV is Chrome and supports Flash. Google has also laid out some basic hardware specifications for manufacturers that want to bundle Google TV on their products:
- Intel Atom CE4100 (can decode dual 1080p video stream)
- MPEG-4 support
- 3D graphics
- WiFi and Bluetooth
Google says that you can use any Android phone as the television control. LG and Sony have announced plans for their Google TV based products. one of the interesting Google TV implementation comes from Logitech with Companion Box.