Google I/O dissected on Reporters' Roundtable

The search company launched new hardware products and a new push into media distribution. It also staged a product pitch during a skydive. Has Google just stolen Apple's thunder?

Rafe Needleman Former Editor at Large
Rafe Needleman reviews mobile apps and products for fun, and picks startups apart when he gets bored. He has evaluated thousands of new companies, most of which have since gone out of business.
Rafe Needleman
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We're recording this Roundtable on the final day of the Google developers conference, Google I/O. From my perspective as a jaded and grumpy tech journalist, it has been a pretty cool conference. Google launched its own 7-inch Android tablet, a new living room entertainment streaming appliance called the Q, Chrome for Apple's iOS, a competitor to Evite called Google+ Events... and that's just the shipping products. We also saw wing-suit skydivers wearing Google glasses jump out of an airship hovering over Mosone Center and glide to a landing on the convention center roof.

So there's a lot to talk about, and I've got two great guests to run down the important topics that came out of the Google I/O conference:

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Show notes

[0:00] Topic and guests introduced

[2:15] What did Google accomplish at Google I/O?

[5:00] How important are Google's hardware products?

[7:45] Do these new products mean Google is becoming a hardware company?

[9:00] Google glasses: What will this project look like in a few years?

[11:15] Aren't these glasses going to be incredibly disruptive, socially?

[15:00] How does Google move forward in a world where mobile devices blow up the traditional search and advertising models?

[17:30] Why the autonomous car matters so much to Google

[19:20] Is the mobile handset a transitional technology?

[21:00] Google as media powerhouse: How well can it compete with Amazon and Apple?

[23:30] The social sphere: Does Google get social networking, and the way people really want to interact with each other?

[29:00] Google and Apple: Frenemies or what?

[32:00] Esther on Airship Ventures

[34:30] Wrap-up