Qualcomm gained an ally in Microsoft in its efforts to develop common standards for connected home equipment, but faces a challenge convincing rival chip makers to follow its path.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that Google's recently unveiled efforts to make its Android mobile platform more secure are essentially weak attempts to duplicate BlackBerry's existing security features for the enterprise market.
Microsoft, Mozilla, the Tizen Association and others are moving to lower-cost hardware in an effort to gain share in emerging markets. However, Google's Android One software and hardware reference design program could undercut those efforts by enhancing the Android experience on cheap devices in the developing world.
Google's new Android-based software platforms for wearable devices, cars and TV sets will all have software and user interfaces controlled by Google, and OEMs will not be able to create skins on top of them, according to a Google executive.
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.