Google I/O, the search company’s annual developers conference, continued today in San Francisco. The many projects discussed at the conference so far reveal Google’s overall vision of a single, integrated platform that anticipates and addresses users’ needs for information online, The Washington Post’s Hayley Tsukayama writes:
That’s the goal of every tech titan — Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook — who are trying to be all things to all people by offering hardware, software, cloud services, entertainment hubs and payment mechanisms that put their own brands front and center. . .
Wednesday’s announcements showed a company bent on melding its most successful services with its other ones so that people will be using multiple Google products, by default, every day. Now, Google+ recommendations show up in the new Maps. Google Wallet powers the tech that lets you send cash through e-mail attachments. The new Google Music All Access service lets you share songs to Google+ and share videos of those songs that appear on YouTube. And with its ambitious announcements about Google+, the company will be competing in new areas, including photo editing and messaging, to make the social network more attractive. (Continue reading here.)
The company’s chief executive, Larry Page, addressed attendees Wednesday, the first day of the conference. He mused about a hypothetical country where no laws would inhibit technological innovation:
“There are many, many exciting and important things you can do that you just can’t do because they’re illegal or they’re not allowed by regulation. And that makes sense. We don’t want our world to change too fast. But maybe we should set aside a small part of the world. . . I think, as technologists, we should have some safe places where we can try out some new things and figure out what is the effect on society—what is the effect on people— without having to deploy it into the normal world. And people who like those kinds of things can go there and experience that. And we don’t have mechanisms for that.”
Earlier this week, Page revealed that he is suffering from vocal cord paralysis. Until Wednesday, he had been avoiding public speaking. For more coverage of Google I/O, which ends Friday, continue reading here.