Last week, Google held its main event of the year – Google I/O during which long lists of announcements were made. Let’s have a look to what was said:
AFFORDABLE SMARTPHONE FOR DEVELOPING MARKETS
The keynote started with Google Senior Vice President, Sundar Pichai who oversees Android, Chrome and Google Apps. Pichai started his keynote with statistics about the Android. As of today, Android has 1 billion active users who send 20 billion texts and take 93 million selfies in just one day. However, Pichai indicated that those impressive stats were only covering a limited part of the world as most of the world population cannot afford smartphones. Google will launched Android One specifically designed for developing markets. This cheap 4.5-inch smartphone that will come with dual SIM cards and FM radio for less than $100 will be launched in India this fall thus reinforcing Google’s ambition to connect the world.
A UNIFIED DESIGN ACROSS GOOGLE’S DEVICES
Google also unveiled its unified design language – “Material Design” – that will carry the same visual across the web, Google’s Chrome Browser and all Android mobile devices. A Google Design website has even been created to allow developers to better tailor their apps to fit Google’s new unified visual style.
A NEW OPERATING SYSTEM: ANDROID L
Google also announced the launch of its new operating system – Android L – entirely based on Material Design and working inside cars, TVs and smartphones. Google did not forget to tackle one important question – the battery life. Android L will offer a power-saving mode to help users save up to 90 min of battery.
Google also gave more details on their latest wearable products. The smartwatch will allow users to check notifications, make voice searched and use apps while keeping their phones in their pockets.
– the LG G is a large black square that will come in two colours (Black and White) for the price of £159
– the Samsung Gear Live will come in black with an all-day battery for £169
– the Moto 360 – a watch that looks like a traditional one but that can do much more than that will be available this summer and is the most expected smartwatch ($249)
GOOGLE IN YOUR CAR
Following the launch of Apple’s CarPlay, Google also announced the launch of Android Auto that will be available within certain cars at the end of the year. Android Auto will allow users to use their Android phone’s interface through the car’s dashboard screen to navigate with Google Maps, play Sportify, send texts and more mostly thanks to the optimization of a voice commands system. Designed around “navigation, communication and music”, Android Auto has been backed up by major automakers such as Dodge, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Audi and Bentley while partners are lining up here too: Spotify, Songza, Pandora, Pocket Casts…
IN THE LIVING ROOM
Android TV is a smart TV platform developed by Google. Running the Android operating system, it will create an interactive television experience by overlaying a 10_foot user interface on top of existing television programming. Android TV is the successor to Google’s earlier attempt at smart TV with Google TV.