Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Google I/O Wishful Speculation

Unfortunately, I am not attending Google I/O this year, but that won't stop me from speculating on possible announcements that could come out of it. Google is second only to Apple in intensity of hype-generation, so it stands to reason that they would follow their example and use their developer conference as an excuse to drop some kind of bomb on all of us. Here's what I'd love to see, in no particular order:
  • Android hardware. I for one am getting very impatient to see some actual hardware running Android. With an all-but-certain 3G iPhone announcement coming out of Apple's WWDC in two weeks, Google could take this opportunity to zing 'em with one or several actual handsets or devices on display. I've been telling myself that I would hold out on getting a new phone until I see some units shipping with Android. I like the idea of Android better than the iPhone, the API is more open and arguably more capable all around. The reality, however, is that I'm so sick of my phone that I'll probably jump on the new iPhone when it arrives, unless Google wows me this week.
  • One or more new App Engine languages. A week ago I blogged about the possibility of Java being the next App Engine language. They could take this opportunity to prove me right ;) I'd also like to see a server-side JavaScript API like Aptana seems to be doing with Jaxer, (anybody using this? drop your thoughts on it below...), or something like Rhino on Rails. Ideally I'd like to see a Java and JavaScript rollout with GWT integration. Dare to dream...
  • Full App Engine rollout. They could use the developer's conference to end the limited beta that App Engine is currently in and open it up to all comers. I'd also like to see a fully flushed out pricing model instead of this free stuff with quotas. That will happen eventually I'm sure. Not sure if they're ready yet though.
Anybody else got some predictions? Anyone out there going? Looking forward to some good tweets coming out of Moscone tomorrow...

2 comments:

Kevin said...

what have you tried out with Aptana Jaxer?

rock said...

@kevin

I haven't done anything with Jaxer yet, have you?