Google I/O announced Android ‘L’, Android Auto, Android smart watches and Android TV
In encouraging computer programmers at its Google I/O conference to develop apps for the systems, Google unveiled new design elements and more powerful software to power the apps. The tech giant also released Google Fit, a programming tool for developers to pull data into apps from sensors such as the Nike+ FuelBand.
About 6,000 developers, all of who will receive a free smart-watch attended the event in San Francisco.
Apart from the “L” release of Android, Google has detailed new versions of Android that work across a span of devices.
Android Wear, which was announced a couple of months ago has been detailed at Google I/O. Besides this, Google announced Android Auto an interface for car infotainment systems and Android TV, a version of Android that is tailored for the big screen in the living room.
Here are the best of Google I/O 2014.
Android L: The next version of Android is “Android L”.
At I/O developers conference, Google announced a developer preview version of Android L, its next big Android update. This is one of the most comprehensive Android updates in the mobile platform’s history.
In ‘Android L’ , “L” stands for Lollipop or Lemon Meringue Pie.
Having refused to take our eyes off the scene for even a split second, we have to agree that the update at least so far appears to be quite extensive and there’s a whole bunch of goodies we’ll be talking about now and in the coming months. Here’s what we know so far.
Android Auto: Another best announcement from Google is Android Auto.It’s like an Android platform for the car, at its annual developer conference today.
“Android Auto is contextually aware to give you the right information when you need it,” said Brady.
Android Auto is “completely voice-enabled so you can keep you hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road,” Brady added. Much as with other car-phone integration systems already on the market, a driver can connect their phone to the car and put the it down and then use the car’s dials and buttons to control the apps running on his phone.
Android Wear, the OS for smart watches: Google rolled out its Android Wear operating system at Google I/O, and it is demonstrated some of the key features, which are still being developed.
The company announced Wear in March, but today it showed off a few watches based on the wearable OS — and showed some ways that companies can use it by developing apps that work with wearables.
Google announced a new Samsung phone, the Gear Live, that runs Wear. The LG G-Watch, which also runs Wear, will be available in the Play store today. Another watch, the round Moto watch from Motorola, will be available later this summer.
Android TV: Google debuted Android TV at Google I/O, its entertainment-focused version of the Android operating system.
Android TV is not to be confused with Google TV, the company’s earlier failed attempt to build a platform for interactive televisions. On stage at the company’s Google I/O 2014, Google promised that this is not a new platform for entertainment, but rather a more cohesive update that ties together features and devices that make consuming content easier.
” We are simply giving TVs the same level of attention phones and tablets have had,” said Android director of engineering David Singleton.
One way Android TV is doing this is by transforming Android smartphones into your remote control — a concept we first got acquainted with thanks to the company’s Chrome cast device, which lets you “beam” streaming video content from an Android phone or tablet to a small dongle plugged into your TV’s HDMI port.
There’s also support for live TV, casting mobile games to your television screen, and a library of reference information about movie and TV shows like Amazon’s X-Ray feature for its Fire devices.