Google I/O 2014 is finally over. Although this I/O didn’t shed much light on what Google plans with Google Glass, this event was very existing for both, Android lovers and developers.
Google gave the first official preview of its next Android OS 5.0 “Android L”. Also soon you will have Android inside your car, on your TV, and even on wrist watches, via Android Wear.
This Google I/O 2014 brought us with many new releases and introduction of many new features. Here’s our collection of 5 important Google I/O 2014 Keynotes for you :-
Android L: New and More Powerful Android OS
Google started the Google 2014 I/O with its announcement that it will focus on creating a consistent user experience across mobile and the web with the help of material design, the new Google-wide standard which will be present in the upcoming Android L 5.0 OS. The material design provides a multi-dimensional look and feel to the apps while also providing very smooth animated transitions when pressing any on-screen button or switching through different parts of the apps.
Don’t think that Android L is all about having a pretty UI. Android L also packs some of the best and advance features. One of the biggest new feature is new notification system, which allows the incoming calls to come in a small window thus not disrupting whatever app you were using. Android L will also run on new Runtime, Android Runtime which is better than the current Dalvik version.
Since Android L will support 64-bit computing, you can play very high resolution games (PC Quality) on your device, fluently. Google is currently working on Project Volta, which is an effort to increase battery life while providing best performance. Android L will include the researches of this project, thus will have far better battery life.
It’s nice to see that Google is planning to bring a new Android OS which will have similar look and feel across different devices, eg same notifications across smartphones and watches. Google is also trying to pack a powerful, yet beautiful Android OS together with an intelligent battery consumption which is a win-win both for manufactures and end users.
Android Auto: Android In Your Car
By the end of the year 2014, you will find many new cars having in-built support for Android Auto platform which was announced in this I/O. With this new Android Auto platform, many Android features such as Google Maps, Play Music and Voice integration will come with new cars.
At present, only Apple allows integration of car and a smartphone via iOS. The introduction of Android Auto platform will introduce a new level of rivalry between the two biggest tech giants, Google and Apple. Android Auto will come with more than 20 car manufacturers.
Although Google might have an edge here, Apple’s car platform works with iPhone 5 or newer whereas Google’s Android Auto should work with any Android smartphone running a compatible OS.
Smart watches: Android Wear
In this I/O, Google confirmed that it is very serious with regards to wearable techs. Wearable techs like smart watches are getting smarter via Android Wear. They are now able to communicate with your smartphones behind authenticated lock screens.
Earlier this month, we saw the official announcements of three smart watches, LG G watch, Samsung Smart Gear Live and Motorola Moto 360. Out of these three, Samsung Smart Gear and LG G watch have already been released and are available on the market.
These smart watches have many features including a heart sensor which can communicate with your device via Android Wear. This will help you in monitoring your health and can be lifesaving. Android Wear also provides good support for variety of apps such as Allthecooks, Eat24 and Lyft which can help you in finding a recipe, order a pizza or find a cab, with some simple taps on your wrist watch.
Although introduction to support of these apps on your wrist watch makes your life easy but at present navigation through apps requires more swipes than you would want. Thus, addition of an optimum speech recognition will make using Android Wear much more easy and fun.
Google TV: Google on your TV
It was already known that Google is planning to launch Google Android TVs, since the announcement of Google TV at I/O 2010. These TVs will have a powerful voice search function that helps you in finding your favorite TV shows, actors, movies, etc across variety of Android apps. You can also surf web and do lots more.
You can also utilize all available Chromecast apps via smart TV running Android TV. Also you can use Google Play games to turn your PC into a gaming machine.
Google is planning to cover the TV segment as well. The Android TV will have almost all the features that your smartphone has, expect calling and some other features.
Android across multiple devices
Google is planning to enter into every part of your life, whether you are using your phone, driving your car, wearing your watch or relaxing in front of your TV. Google is determined to invade in every routine of your life- from morning, till night.
Other important thing is that Google is planning a uniform look and feel across multiple devices. This will make users more comfortable and increase their user experience. With the launch of new Android L, Android Auto, and other new releases, the remainder of this year will bring many exciting and fantastic new gadgets and developers will have fun in writing apps for so many different device.
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