May 15, 2010 | by Chris Smith
Some lucky people are getting the chance to go to the Google I/O developer conference coming up in 3 days and it looks like those smart developers at Google decided to create a Google I/O 2010 Android app to help their guests out. It’s a good idea because most developers and people there will have their Android devices on them and be able to check in with the app.
Google I/O 2010 offers the user a ton of functionality and ways to figure out what will be happening at the conference this year. There is a handy countdown timer to the conference on the bottom (3 days, 23:49:05 at the exact time I type this), session listings with detail pages that you can send via any messaging plugins you may have, the sandbox sessions that are available, a place for you to keep your notes, starred items, a detailed schedule, plus a nice map of the Moscone Center and where sessions will be held.
One of my favorite feature of this app is that you can take notes and even participate in Waves and Google moderator forums about the session you are in. If you go to the Sessions icon and then choose a topic and session you will see that there is a “notes” and “interact tab at the top. You can take notes about your session (which will also all be added to you notes section from the main screen) and also view and use the links for the Wave and moderator discussions.
I have to say that Google has done a decent job here with creating an app that is both easy to use and feature-rich. This sort of surprised me considering some Google apps for Android are a bit on the unintuitive side (Google Listen, anyone?). I am happy that Google made something extremely useful yet easy to use at the same time.
- maps of the Moscone Center with details on where sessions are located
- all sessions and subjects in one app
- easy to navigate
- ability to take notes as well as Wave and moderator to to communicate with other conference goers
- ability to star sessions and then review later
- Waves or moderator links open up external browser (Wave doesn’t do well on Android)
App: Google I/O 2010