Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Annual I/O Conference
At the annual I/O developers conference on Tuesday in San Francisco, Google announced its new cloud based music and movie service. Music Beta has the capabilities to store up to 20,000 songs per customer in the cloud. Users will be able to access their music through their android smart phones and tablets. The service will remain free as long as it is in beta, but to use the new service you must have a invitation.
Google is offering a feature called "Instant Mix" which can create a playlist of up to 25 songs which go perfect together. Its something like Apple's "Genius". Also thousands of movie will be available for rent starting at $1.99. Downloadable movies will come with a 30-day rental period. Movies can be streamed to a computer or any android device. Movies are also available for download, so you can watch your movies when WiFi connectivity is unavailable. YouTube has also made a similar announcement, stating that it will also release a movie rental based service.
Google's newest OS was also announced, called Ice Cream Sandwich. It will be available for both android phones and tablets. Which will be new since currently both platforms use two different OS' called Gingerbread and Honeycomb. It is scheduled to debut later this year.