A fantasy version of Google I/O, full of little things

A blogger's dream of a big developer conference focused on tiny, awesome things

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  • “This new version of Android that’s optimized for tablets, 4.1, Jelly Bean? It has a few new things, maybe some Google+ integrations, a few Maps tricks. But honestly, our supreme focus was on responsiveness, stability, and user experience for core apps. It was hard work, and it’s hard to give our team some tough love, but it needed doing.”

  • “Instead of giving away devices this year to every attendee, we’re going to give them a few options: buy them at a seriously cheap and subsidized cost from us, donate them to charities that can use them, or ‘sell’ your device back to us in exchange for significant Chrome, Android, and YouTube purchase and promotion credits. We want to send the right message about what this conference is about.”

  • “Everyone’s waiting to see what our reaction is to 3D maps and a voice-powered assistant that a certain other company is promoting heavily. Our reaction is to improve our keyboard, existing voice recognition, and accessibility features, and to pump even more data and open up more API in our existing Maps and Earth system, so it knows far more about where you’re going and what to expect on the way there.”

  • “Maybe this seems like a less exciting conference: more modest give-aways, talk about incremental improvements, no self-driving car on stage next to me. So check your email. You’ll notice that you’re getting the first release of Google Goggles when they’re ready, shipped to your home. With Angry Birds: Outdoors pre-loaded.”

  • “The version of Ubuntu we use inside Google? You all can download a version of it for your desktop or laptop, with just the most secret Google-y stuff removed. It’s also really to install on a Chromebook, if you want. It’s really fast and has lots of neat little fixes. Linux powers everything we do, and we wanted to give back to its most enthusiastic users.”

  • That last one? I know, I know. But a dork can dream.

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