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Google I/O 2017
Memorable reveals at Google I/OGoogle's developer conference has produced a lot of news. Here are the ones that stand out over time.
Welcome to Top Five. I'm your host, Iyaz Akhtar. Google IO, Google's developer conference, has produced some amazing stuff over the years. Today we're taking a look at the top five memorable reveals at Google IO that made us take note. Number five is the introduction of Google TV in the year 2010. It was a smart TV platform that would run on a number of set-top boxed including the Logitech Revue. The ideal was to bring the real web to your TV. Since this was Google, we all dreamed of something that could search to find the best video to watch at any given time. Unfortunately, major providers like Hulu and ABC blocked the Google TV browser. Google TV didn't quite make it, but Google eventually announced androidTV in 2014 as another attempt to be your living room buddy. Android has gone through a lot of revisions. At one point, it was a version for phones and another for tablets. In 2011, Google announced Ice Cream Sandwich would change all of that by combining the phone version of Android, called Gingerbread, and Honeycomb, which ran on tablets and Google TV. This change would make it easier for app developers to make one app. That ran on whatever device. And it also brought some nice tablet only features to phones like resizable widgets and better multitasking abilities. Who could forget this thing? It's the Nexus Q and it made it's debut in 2012. It's more memorable because most of us reacted to it like a confused dog with a head tilt. You attach the "Q" to your home theater system and send Google only services to it from an Android phone. Oh, and it costs $299! Reaction to the Nexus Q was so negative that Google pretty much axed the device instead of releasing it to the masses. In 2013, Google effectively replaced the Q with the Chromecast which cost a whopping $35 and supported tons of apps including non-Google services Number two is the introduction of the Google Nexus 7 in 2012. It was Google's first tablet, and at the time Android tablets just couldn't compete with Apple's iPad until this thing hit. There were rumors of a Google tablet swirling for months. Its official introduction by Hugo Barra at IO So Google was behind Android on tablets. It started at $199, but way cheaper than a q and would be a great way to watch content from the Google Play store. At number one is the introduction to Project Butter. No. Not really. But 2012s Google IO was full of memorable moments, including number one because of project glass. As it's demo of google's wearable, the company had sky divers on a live google hangout who then proceeded to jump out of the plane, while live streaming. The sky divers landed on the conference center, then got on bikes and rode in to meet Sergey Brin on stage. Come on. Skydivers. Glass didn't pan out, but what an introduction. Questions, comments, any kind of feedback at all hit me up on Twitter, I'm @iyaz. For more top fives like this, visit top5.cnet.com. Thank you for watching.