A post Google I/O 2010 reflection

I’ve been home for a week now. I’m recovered from the jet lag and I’ve begun to catch up on work. It’s taken that time for me to gain a bit of perspective on everything that happened at I/O this year.

I received 2 Android phones. The first was a Motorola Droid (about a month before the conference) and the second was an HTC Evo 4G (at the conference). This wasn’t about Google being generous. In fact, I doubt it cost Google much at all. All Google wanted to do was get reference platforms to prospective developers. I suspect that the cost of the phones was shouldered by the phone carriers and not Google at all. Verizon and Sprint probably used the phones as loss leaders hoping to get new customers or extra lines from existing customers.

After using the phones for a while, I decided that I didn’t really want the internet in my pocket. It would make me feel too connected. I have bad impulse control around things like this. I know my limitations. And, I don’t want to end up being that guy sitting in the corner, surfing the web, not talking to anyone. So, I sold both phones.

I am working on an Android application, but I don’t need to have a pricy phone contract in order to develop a game.

There was a fair share of Apple bashing at I/O in the Keynotes. A great example of it can be seen in this clip…

Interestingly, Microsoft was not mentioned at all. I think I would rather be a competitor deemed worth mentioning than one deemed to be ignorable.

I came away excited about upcoming changes in GWT, the Go programming language, and the Chrome Web Store…

GoogleTV is also going to be a game changer. Sony and Logitech will have their devices out by the end of this year. But, the amazing part of the announcement is that Google will open source the project by the summer of 2011. I can’t wait to see what companies come up with once this code goes into the wild…

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