Google I/O keynote round-up
There was a lot of interesting news and info coming out of today’s Google I/O event. In short, Google is trying hard to play an increasing part of our lives - on the web, on our computers, phones, watches, glasses, TVs and even in our cars.
- Android One is a Google Play Edition program for cheap phones. Cheap phones with clean Android sounds nice.
- Android TV is official. Is the third time a charm for Android to get into our living rooms? With increased attention to gaming this time around. I actually already have a cheap Android box connected to my TV. It is controlled by a wireless mouse and works wonderfully. The support for streaming services, including local variants widely exceeds competitors such as Apple TV and Roku (and Google’s own Chromecast for that matter). If theres an Android app for it, it works on my TV.
- The new version of Android was on display with new functions and an updated “material” look which will be used throughout Android, Google’s web services and chrome OS.
- In the future, Android apps will run on Chromebooks. Neat.
- More info on Android Wear with third party apps and a new smartwatch from Samsung. LG’s G Watch with Android Wear as well as Samsung’s new watch will be available to order from the Google Play Store today, so we’ll soon know more how these things work in real life.
- Users will be able to mirror their Android devices on Chromecast sticks. About time.
- The keynote was interrupted by two different protesters. The first one was about housing evictions and the other one was about killer robots. Call me nuts, but I really hate the idea of killer robots.
- The company also presented Android Auto which is Google’s take on a connected car infotainment system.
- Google Fit is a health metric and training tracking platform which will be built-in the next version of Android.
- Google Cardboard will enable Android devices to be a VR headset screen together with a DIY cardboard viewer. Virtual Reality on a budget.