Thursday, July 12th, 2012

More Good Times at Google I/O 2012

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Last month ended with a bang: We announced the expansion of our Box OneCloud initiative to Android and attended Google I/O, where Google had many announcements of its own.

It’s always been exciting to go to I/O, and not just for the free devices and swag. Unlike those attending I/O today fully expecting such perks, some of us (this blogger included) have been there from the very start, when free giveaways weren’t the norm. I still remember the first Google I/O quite distinctly, as it was also my first day moving to Silicon Valley. I got off the plane, dropped my bags off at a friend’s apartment, and headed right to the conference. It was only a few days later that I first set foot in my apartment!

Google I/O never ceases to inspire, and this year was no different. I was excited to see the theme of connected devices, even beyond computers, tablets and phones. This idea was most apparent at the keynote, where the new Nexus phone and tablet interacted directly with the Nexus Q, connecting household media devices into one system. But it also permeated the conference across other notable announcements.

For instance, Google Cloud Print (GCP) launched a new set of developer features, not only to connect printers through the web, but also to other services.  I’m happy to say that Box already works with GCP – we were lucky enough to experiment with the developer tools early on, and it was a great experience.

We look forward to working with the Google team as they continue to enhance GCP in the coming months.

In addition to attending I/O, we hosted a developer shindig at the Cartoon Art Museum, which included many of our OneCloud app partners including Breezy, DocuSign, HelloFax, Formotus and Podio, as well as fellow platform and enterprise thought leaders from AppDirect, Appirio, Google, Mashery, Salesforce and Twilio. We welcomed new faces as well, and many attendees left our party with their caricature as a souvenir. It was a great time, and we look forward to seeing everyone next year. If you weren’t able to make it, check out the photo album on Facebook.