Google delivered a bundle of exciting new hardware and software offerings to developers Wednesday at the I/O conference.
While the product introductions covered the full spectrum of the electronics market, from developers and businesses to home users and gaming enthusiasts, a few of the unveilings stuck out more than others.
Here are five of what we saw as the most eye-catching updates from the first day of I/O.
5. Google+ updates
So yes, Google+ is still very much lagging behind Facebook when it comes to user base and compelling features, but the platform did get a nice boost today from Google.
The Events platform is particularly enticing with some practical uses and very exciting features. The live updates and sharing features appear compelling and are definitely ahead of what Facebook is offering with its event and invite tools.
Likewise, the tablet application offers an immersive experience with an interface and presentation optimised to get the most out of the high-resolution screens in the latest tablet lines.
Neither of these features will provide enough arguments to ditch your Facebook account, but they show that Google is serious about building a high-quality social networking platform.
4. Nexus Q
Yes, it is a cool-looking device and all, but this one sits near the bottom of the list because, frankly, it's nothing too groundbreaking or useful.
For starters, it's a $300 version of what Apple already sells for $99 in the Apple TV. And not even Apple, with all of its customer loyalty and fashion appeal, has been able to make money selling set-top media boxes. After all, other than the occasional party or family slideshow, what use is there really for the device.
There are some interesting features, including the HD connections and ability for multiple users to control the player, but even that has its drawbacks (forced RickRoll, anyone?)
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