Google’s I/O event was held in San Francisco on 25th
June 2014 amid high expectations for announcement of new Android 5.0, Android
TV, Smartwatches, updated Chrome OS.
Google unveiled all these features and
much more in their keynote. The company has announced a new design style for
its all product range as well as the latest Android which is still being called
as “L”. Google also announced Android
One phone to woo the budget buyers. It was all about Android and was present
everywhere be it mobiles, cars, Android Fit, Smartwatches, TV. Android Fit will
be in direct competition with the recently announced Apple’s HealtKit. So we
take a jump into all Google announced and delivered.
started the keynote with staggering figures and showed some impressive stats:1 billion of active users, 20 billion text messages, 93 million selfies a day.
These figures are immense but still covers a very small percentage of world’s
population. So Google is gearing up to reach people still not riding the smartphone
train and have not been able to afford these devices.
manufacturers to provide cheap Android phones. But as the competition is
increasing (Microsoft recently announced free OS for all devices with screen
sizes less than 9 inches) Google has to do something to continue on its path of
taking over the entire market.
Google has come up with Android One, which is a new set of hardware reference designed
specially for developing markets like India. Even the Android One hardware
shown during keynote was from our own Indian company Micromax. The device is a 4.5 inch phone with dual sim and FM
radio, expected to be under $100. Android
One will be using stock Android and will be getting updates directly from
Google. The program is going to start from India and then will be expanded
Android as an OS was never a cohesively designed
software compared to iOS 7 or the latest entrant in mobile OS war game Windows
Phone. Now Google has moved in the direction of improving and integrating
design language of its products with a new design language which they are calling
Material Design. This new design
sense will have same feel across all of Google’s web, chrome browser and
airy which can very well be compared to the Metro/Modern UI introduced by
Microsoft in WP7, used in latest iOS 7. In essence all there are not the same
but have more or less the same look.
Android introduced way back in 4.0.
launch of the next iteration of Android OS for mobile phones. Google did show
off its next version with a sneak peek of Android
L (wish it’s not named Lollipop).
matter which device you are using. This new OS from Google will work on
mobiles, TVs, cars, watches. Lock screen has been changed, now notifications will
show up over your wallpaper. These notifications are actionable or can be
swiped away. Don’t know about others but I wouldn’t want notifications flying
over my mobile’s lock screen and people having a look at personal messages.
phone, you won’t be quiring a passcode to unlock your phone. Personal unlock
searches for familiar things to check if your mobile is with you.
battery life management. Android mobile manufacturers have themselves tried to
improve upon this by having their own battery saver systems in place.
Google has now responded to this long pending and
important issue by officially including battery saver in OS. It is being called
Project Volta which is expected for overall
battery optimization. New power saver mode is also included, which is expected
to bring around 90 minutes of extra life.
Smartwears are here
off with smartwatches models. Now Google and its partner have announced Android Wears. These are of glanceable
notifications which can be navigated through Google Now cards. These notifications
will include reminders, notes, playback controls for music, heart rate monitor,
Gear Live which is twin of Tizen operated Gear Live from Samsung and last but
not the least the Moto 360.
not wasted, a large piece of round glass with steel and actually looks like a
traditional watch, really beautiful. Samsung Gear Live can be preordered at
$199.99 and will be shipping in the first week of July.
for Google to also incorporate this feature in its latest OS. Now Android L
will also have a “kill switch” which
allows the user to wipe their devices remotely even if it’s stolen and restored
to factory settings.
apps and Chrome tabs
Android L will now have a feature “recents”, which will stack your windows from Chrome as well as
recently used apps into once place looking like a stack of cards. At basic level, it means your multitasking view is likely to get a lot more cluttered. But we don’t yet know
how people would like to have their number of web pages mixed with current
Google has revamped Android’s multitasking in a big way. It replaces Google’s current app-switching interface to give you an easier way to multitask. After all, Google is all about putting web content and phone apps on equal level and wants you to be able to access both easily.
Auto for cars which is going to pair your phone with your vehicle. You can
cast your phone’s screen to the car’s screen and be able to control navigation
, music, calling.
Apple’s CarPlay and Micrsosoft’s unnamed windows based UI. Both Android L &
Auto will be released before 2014 end.
living room. This year Google is trying again with Android TV software, which will run on your TV or set top box. It
is like a combination of Google Chromecast and an Apple TV. Content could be
broadcasted on TV alongwith popular stuff, apps, games.
Google Knowledge Graph. Now there is one software development kit for all
Android form factors. Google is also adding new features for Chromecast TV
dongle one of which is the ability to stream content from anywhere instead of
requiring to be on same Wi-Fi network as Chromecast.
by year end some more Android apps are expected to be working on Chromebooks.
But there is no touch-and-go interaction, as per Google they are still in early
days of development.
Drive and Office
Office files in Google Drive, which must have put some thinking lines on
Redmond’s giant think tank. The new update will remove the need for converting
and re-converting of files. A new feature called “suggested edits” will allow different users to edit the documents
at the same time and will track changes and commenting on what editing others
a tracker for all iOS health apps. New APIs will allow apps and device
manufacturers to feed data into centralized fitness stream.
attendees a cardboard frame which could be paired with an Android phone for a
makeshift virtual reality headset. This could also be built in home by buying
some components and lenses. VR is not a new idea it’s been already in the
market for some time now.
event this year. Hope you have enjoyed it reading. Let us know what’s your
opinion about all new Google’s I/O features. Does
Google meet the expectations in announcing new features or they missed on some.