There were at least a few Google I/O watchers on social media who liked what they saw with Android L.
Google said that LG will begin selling a tablet next year that makes use of technology Google is developing in its Project Tango initiative, which promises to use mobile devices to quickly and easily make a 3D map of an indoor space. During its I/O developer conference, Google also offered a closer look at another of its high-concept smartphone efforts, Project Ara, which hopes to build modular smartphones. That project, however, is still clearly far from a commercial reality.
The head of Google's Nexus device program said that the company is not discontinuing its Nexus program, and said instead the company is planning to release a new Nexus device when it releases its new Android L operating system this fall.
The UK is leading mobile apps development in Europe and is set to generate revenue of more than £4 billion (€5 billion/$6.8 billion) in 2014, according to a new study commissioned by Google.
The sprawling, sometimes chaotic and mostly software-focused nature of Google's I/O keynote yesterday was a clear refection of the search giant's current and future strategy. Importantly, Google's I/O keynote showed that the company plans to build only the software layer for the next generation of consumer and enterprise services, not the hardware. And that's what sets the company apart from its closest rivals, Apple and Microsoft.
At its annual I/O developer's conference, Google announced a redesign for its Android operating system. Android version 5.0, dubbed L, featuring a further refined interface called Material Design, additional tools and APIs for developers, and a new runtime that is optimized for 64-bit processing. Google also announced its Android One program to develop low-cost Android phones, its Android Auto effort to install Android functions into vehicles, and its Android TV initiative to bring Android apps and services to users' TVs. The company also provided additional details on its Android Wear platform for wearable devices like smart watches, and a new program called Google Fit to collect Android users' health and fitness data.
Google has ambitious plans to take its Nest Labs' digital thermostat and home security applications and expand it to other realms within the connected home, directly stomping into territory that service providers are trying to claim as their own.
According to a new report from CCS Insight, the dramatic and continued growth of the Android smartphone operating system may not be the boon to Android developer Google that some may have expected. According to the firm, fully one in four Android phones don't currently access Google services like Maps, Gmail and the Google Play app store--and that number will likely grow in the future.
HTC is reportedly preparing a tablet with an 8.9-inch screen that is scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter through Google's Nexus device program. According to a report from Android Police, the device will be powered by Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor, will sell in Wi-Fi-only and LTE versions, and will be called the Nexus 9.
Google is scheduled to kick off its annual I/O developer conference on Wednesday and is widely expected to announce a new venture into healthcare, as well as tout new wearable devices from Samsung, LG and others. The company could also offer a glimpse into its plans to push Android into TVs and possibly home-automation products.