Google I/O Conference: Google Comes for Everything
The two days Google developers conference begun yesterday in San Francisco and will continue today. As expected, the developers’ event was filled with Android news and latest Google projects. Day one was clouded with Android news, and the clear message could be interpreted as Google saying “I want to flow from place to place with you, I want to be everywhere!”
The major developments yesterday point directly at establishing an omnipresent operating system. Google is working on expanding the use of its Android system from mobile phones to include new categories such as wearable computers and automobiles. Already the company acquired the thermostat manufacturer, Nest Labs, for $ 3.2 billion and has accessed the market of internet-linked home appliances.
Here are the major announcements:
Google announced its next generation operating system, Android 5.0 L. The OS comes with a new design and loads of features. According to Google Chief of Android division, the new OS marks the most comprehensive update ever done, including:
- Material design that mimic the real world.
- A grid-based layout for developers
- New animation capabilities
- Z-component to support
- Dynamic ‘heads up’ notifications
Yesterday, Google unveiled major improvements on its smart wearable platform that is set to clash with Apple Inc. products in yet another supremacy contest after the smartphone market. The conference came three months since the initial Google announcement of the android wear.
In android wear, Google opens up to its ambition to conquer areas beyond mobile devices. The Android Wear is a special version of Android customized for smartwatches. The OS is programmed to display immediately useful information, such as weather focus, message notifications, traffic status or status of a package shipment. What’s more, the watches using the OS are controlled by swiping the screen or voice commands. As demonstrated by the LG G watch, you can order food and do Google searches on the watch.
The android wear supports both round and square screens. Google wearable is made as powerful wrist computer that links you to your phone. Developers have been invited to work on apps that will run on smartwatches.
Here are the new features of mobile chrome announced by Avni Shah, the director of program management for Chrome:
- Fast and fluid animations moving at 60 frames per second. This enable scrolling of Google search images as though you are flipping through a book.
- Multitasking upgrade making movement between the web and apps easier than before.
- A new API to populate multiple tabs
- Revamped indexing
Android Auto SDK
Google’s Patrick Brady announced the coming android cars, courtesy of its customized android operating system for cars, Android Auto SDK. The OS connects Android apps and services in the car, enabling drivers to navigate, communicate and listen to music on voice commands.
Android Auto gives information on the duration of a journey to a specified destination, and it is voice enabled to allow you to interact with it. Android Auto cast the phone screen to the car’s screen, since the apps run on the phone, to allow you to use the car’s controls to interact.
Google has also made another attempt on TV market with its Android TV. The company is partnering with Sony, Sharp and Asus to make this possible.
The Android TV is linked with the smartwatch, which searches programs on the online Play Store on voice commands. Users can also stream music and games from their smartphones and tablets to their Android TV courtesy of Chromecast.
It will be remembered that this is Google fourth attempt on TV market, we just hope it works.
Other major developments include expansion on Google’s computing business. There are improved changes to corporate email and online spreadsheets, as well as storage and videoconferencing. There is also a additions to Google Drive, and now people can encrypt documents.
The annual conference, dubbed Google I/O, is popular among apps and software developers, and the search engine giant uses it to woo them to expand its capabilities of its Android software system that currently powers over one billion gadgets.
The conference continues today and we will bring you the latest developments as they unfold. Keep it here!