This evening marks the end of the first day of the Google I/O Dev Conference in San Francisco, CA. We had a pretty exciting day of new information from multiple places, including Palm, Google, and HTC. Here’s a brief recap of everything that went down today.
First we learned that the next iPhone will have Google Latitude capabilities built in. The location based service allows for real-time tracking of friends and family (with consent of course) and imitates the popular Loopt service. Latitude is available on many phones, but is missing from the current iPhone software. This means we’ll hopefully see Latitude implemented in June.
Next up was (surprisingly) Palm with a demo of the location API and others in the new webOS. Specifically, Palm focused on HTML5 and how that will work on the Pre. It wasn’t really anything new (except, I can’t recall ever seeing the music application before) and it’s just a great little demo of the Pre overall. At this point, I’ll take anything I can get.
And finally, we found out that every attendee at Google I/O received a free, limited edition HTC Magic with 30-days of T-Mobile service. Pretty sweet huh? You want one? Well over at Android Community, we’re have a giveaway contest, so head over there and find out what you need to do to win one. Want to see it?
Here’s an unboxing:
In case you don’t win, apparently people are selling their limited edition, early-released HTC Magics on eBay. The prices are well above the cost of the phone, but more importantly, how do you put a price on a device that is limited edition and not even released yet? Oh well, if you can’t use T-Mobile, and don’t need the phone, capitalism is capitalism. We’ll have more coverage for you at live.slashgear.com tomorrow, so make sure to check it out!