Google I/O: Analysts Weigh In on Google's Day One Surprises

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-05-16 Print this article Print

Interestingly, the opening day of the conference didn't hold much talk about Glass, said Olds. "From everything I've seen, they're not talking about Glass much now. It turns out to be more controversial than they anticipated."

Roger Kay, principal analyst with Endpoint Technologies Associates, told eWEEK in an email reply that the conference is notable in that it "seems like it was less fanfare and more real developer conference this time, with focus on Android and its development environment."

One place where that could be challenged, however, is in Android's dependence on Java, which is owned and controlled by Oracle, wrote Kay. "But otherwise, it looks like full steam ahead for Google, including phones, tablets, supercomputing, R&D, and tools (like Google Maps)."

Another analyst, Rob Enderle of Enderle Group, wrote in an email to eWEEK that while Google is making good progress in developing its products and services, "what continues to amaze me is how little (given their social networking efforts) they seem to be learning about how people interact."

Instead, Enderle wrote, Google "just doesn't seem to feel they need to understand us to build products that would intimately connect with us," such as installing a camera on Glass, which can be a bad thing for some users, particularly children.

"It is almost like it would be if Aliens (the little green men kind) were trying to build stuff for humans without ever having met one," wrote Enderle. "Google isn't alone and I would add Facebook to the list of companies building things that are designed to integrate with the way people interact without first really understanding how people interact. That's why we seem to get this sense of high experimentation."

The Google I/O conference continues through May 17 with a wide range of daily training sessions and code sessions where developers can get help with their projects, answers for code questions, and input and additional eyes on the work they are doing using Google code. More than 120 talks, ranging from introductory topics to advanced subjects about Google Maps, Android, Google Chrome, Google+, App Engine, Google Glass and more, will be featured in the technical sessions, according to Google.


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