Google Students Club of Data Link University College (Data Link Institute), Tema yesterday successfully organized the first ever Google I/O Extended event in Tema at the school of computer science located in community 12. This initiated ably lead by the club’s president Timothy Quarshie and support from Google Ghana made this possible.
Google I/O is an annual software developer-focused conference held by Google in San Francisco, California. Google I/O features highly technical, in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more. There are extensions of this event worldwide.
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Students from the various faculty and friends gathered at one of the lecture rooms at the school of computer science to participant in this event in response to invitation sent around both on campus on social media. Students wear seated around 5:30 GMT. The Live streaming session was opened around 6 GMT after the internet challenges was resolved. It was insightful session for me and quite an interesting one, glad I did not miss. One question a friend asked that got me laughing was, she asked “when will Ghana also do something like this.” I smile and told her soon, but it started when we start supporting Ghanaian innovations. I used the opportunity to remind her of a new Android app called accraconnect that was recently launched in Ghana for people to download for free. This app is currently available on Google play for downloads.
Google Senior VP of Products Sundar Pichai revealed the search titan’s roadmap for at least the next year.
The biggest focus was given to Android M, the new-generation version of Android, which is aimed at making the mobile operating system easier to use. Android M will also include Android Pay, the new digital wallet, and a whole bunch of improvements to app user permissions and privacy.
There was also a lot of talk of Google Photos, a new app for Apple iOS and Android that offers automatic image sorting and unlimited photo storage. The Google Photos app can scan your photo library and offer to delete similar photos for you, potentially freeing up tons of storage space on your phone.
The surprise announcement of the show was an update to Google Cardboard, Google’s low-cost virtual reality system, that lets it work with more phones. That came alongside the reveal of Google Jump, a system for making it easier for people to take virtual reality video and share it on YouTube.
Other announcements included:
- Google Maps offline
- A bevy of new tools to help developers build and monetize their apps for Android (and to a lesser extent, iOS)
- New tweaks to the Google Play app store to make it easier for people to find and install apps, and a few improvements to Google Cloud Platform
- And more.
It was an excellent display of team work by the core members of the club in getting this event running despite initial internet connectivity issues. Keep up the good work, and I hope to be there with you guys in your next event.
Photos taken at the event:
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