Today Google held its 2012 keynote presentation and shared some details about the hot new things coming up soo for the company. But what did they announce today that might be of interest to bloggers that aren’t tech geeks?
Three main things.
First up is Jelly Bean. If you have a Droid phone and have been sad about not having SIRI, well, your prayers have been answered.
Jelly Bean is a new voice-powered feature that uses the Knowledge Graph to help return intelligent search results to you. It also does it using image cards to illustrate your answers. Awesome, right?
Next up is the Nexus 7 tablet. This new 7 inch tablet is meant to be more of a Kindle Fire than an iPad, but get this: it costs only $199. You can order it now and it will ship in July. It will use the Android Jelly Bean operating system. Partnered with the latest updates to Google Play – magazine subscriptions, Google Currents (a Flipboard like way to read your RSS feeds), it will be an incredibly handy device to have around.
Lastly, there’s the awesome Google+ Events, which I think could conceivably be a huge thing for bloggers and brands. Here’s what it looks like.
Yes, on the surface it can look like it’s just Facebook events, but it’s more.
First of all, the invites are beautiful, offer cinematic “themes”, and can include a personalized YouTube video – and they are all sent via email, and it doesn’t matter if someone has a Google+ event (unlike Facebook). It easily pairs with Google calendar as well. Plus, during the event it switches to “party mode” and photos can be directly uploaded as a streaming feed on the landing page. After the event, photos can be viewed in chronological order.
Why do I think brands will be particularly interested in Google+ Events? Well, unlike Facebook events, Google+ events are searchable and come with a powerful SEO punch – and can even be for scheduled Google+ Hangouts, something I see brands and bloggers doing together a great deal in the future.
Did you see anything in the Google announcements today that piqued your interest?