There was a time when summer was slow. News would lull. Folks would go on vacation.
Not this year.
Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and now Google have conspired to work technology journalists to death over the past six weeks or so. And this week was Google’s week to hammer another nail into our collective coffin.
So, here’s what happened at Google I/O this week in San Francisco:
- Google launched Jelly Bean, its latest Android OS — and ya know what? It’s pretty damn spiffy.
- The company also launched a home media streaming thingie called the Nexus Q — and ya know what? It almost made us cry, and not in the good way.
- Google+ got a new feature for organizing events and a new API for pulling in your history from around the web.
- Want all the power of Google’s mighty racks of servers for your big, bad computational problems? Google launched Compute Engine just for you.
- Chromebooks are going to be sold at Best Buy. So, you know, if you really hate operating systems, this is your time to shine.*
- Put on your party hats, Office Spacers, because Google Docs are going offline!
- Google co-founder Sergey Brin put his latest product in the hands of blimp-jumpers, leading to a small existential freakout about the purpose of technology and social media in particular.
May your weekend be free of anything related to Google.
*The author maintains her cranky assertion that “Chrome OS is a lie,” since Chromebooks are actually Linux-running laptops with the Chrome browser as the only user-accessible application. “You want an OS? I’ll give you an OS. It’s called Ubuntu, and it’s not at freaking Best Buy,” the aging tech reporter screeched when reached for comment.