Google IO 2019

This was the first year I attended Google’s huge developer conference, I/O. There was a massive array of topics to learn about, but given my focus at Compare the Market is all about our web offering — I chose to turn my attention in that area.

After the traditional keynote speeches that kicked off the conference, I watched many talks and presentations around Web technologies. The main message that seemed to push through in several sessions though, was around website performance and budgeting.

So instead of listing all the big “wow” moments at the conference, I thought it made more…


The 3rd global conference for AMP (the artist formerly known as Accelerated Mobile Pages) took place this year on the 49th floor of the Mori Tower in Roppongi, Tokyo. The spectacular views over the city helped to set the scene for a few major announcements around the open-source technology.

Sergei the Meerkat checking out the Tokyo views from the 49th floor of the Mori Tower, Roppongi

One: amp-script

At last years’ AMP Conf, the final announcement of the conference was to reveal the possibility that custom JavaScript could be used alongside AMP. This was heavily caveat-ed by Google, but it appears that they have been able to integrate this functionality, albeit with some trepidation.

Likening it to “unleashing the…

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