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Google also looks to conquer the low-end smartphone market with Android One

Google kicked off its I/O conference today with a number of impressive stats for mobile devices. Google announced that for any given 30-day period, there are over one billion people actively using Android devices.
 
Throwing out more stats, Android Chief Sundar Pichai also noted that Android users take over 93 million selfies and send over 20 billion text messages per day. Pichai was also quick to point out Google’s tremendous growth in the tablet market, where it has seen its market share grow from 39 percent in 2012 to 62 percent now in 2014.
 
Google’s Android One initiative is aimed at making smartphone easier and cheaper to develop for developing markets. Google will provide hardware reference designs that will allow manufacturers to churn out high-quality smartphones running stock Android.

 
On display at Google I/O was a new smartphone from MicroMax, aimed at the Indian market, which comes with a 4.3” display, dual SIMs, microSD slot, and FM radio for less than $100.

The L release of Android isn’t quite ready for primetime (production) yet, but that didn’t stop Google from showcasing the new “Material Design” language that’s being used to visually overhaul the operating system. Material design is used across Android, Chrome OS, and web platforms and encompasses rich color, a refreshed “Roboto” typography, and a greater use of depth and transitions throughout the UI.


 
You can take a look at preview of Material Design here:

 
The Android L Developer will be made available early tomorrow morning and includes over 5,000 new APIs and is the most significant overhaul of Android to date.
 
It also includes major improvements to system notifications, app authentication, graphics, and battery life (enabling the Battery Saver mode on a Nexus 5 can boost battery runtime by 90 minutes in a typical day’s usage scenario). There will also be secularity enhancement including malware protection, security patches via Google Play Services, Factory Reset Protection (in the event that your device is stolen), and Universal Data Controls.
 

When it comes to Android Wear, the LG G Watch will be available to order later today on the Google Play Store. Samsung is also coming onboard the Android Wear platform with the Gear Live smartwatch (it will also be available to order later today). The use of Android Wear marks a departure from Samsung’s current generation Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, which both run Tizen. Even Samsung’s first generation Samsung Galaxy Gear received a recent update to run Tizen.
 
 
Samsung Gear Live 

The Motorola Moto 360, however, is coming later this summer. So we’re once again getting strung along on when it comes to this device.
 

Google has also lined up a whole slew of partners for the Open Automotive Alliance in an effort to push Android Auto. Android Auto is an completely voice-driven interface that pairs with your Android device to not only give you directions through Google Maps, but to also provide you access to streaming services like Pandora, MLB at Bat, tunein, iHeart Radio, and more. Android Auto will also allow you to dictate text messages and listen to incoming text messages without taking your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road.
 
 
The first cars with Android Auto will be rolling off production lines this year.

Google is also taking another stab at your living room with Android TV. Android TV also leverages Android L, and aims to give users a simplified user interface to access al of your local and streaming media content. It can also cast content, so it can be used just like Google Chromecast.
 
 
Android TV run on 2015 model HD and 4K Smart TVs from Sony, Sharp and TP Vision.


And as was widely reported over the past few weeks, the new Google Fit Platform was announced today, which offers a centralized repository for your health information (it’s similar in concept to Apple’s HealthKit). Some of the partners for Google Fit include Adidas, Nike, RunKeeper, and Basis.
 

One of the other big announcements made today is that native Android apps will be coming directly to Chrome OS. Users will be able to run Android apps (in a smartphone- or tablet-style overlay) on their Chromebook. Obviously, this would be a big boon for users of touch screen-enabled devices like the Chromebook Pixel, but would be a trickier proposition for Chromebooks that don’t feature touch screen displays.

Source: Google



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Google cars, Tesla, Open Automotive Alliance
By wordsworm on 6/25/2014 4:14:20 PM , Rating: 1
The electric car has been repressed for a long time. I used to think Tesla would be the type of company to open up the world to the promise of the electric, but they are just as tight fisted with their parts as any of them. I looked up Open Automotive Alliance, and did not find Tesla in it.

But the Google car has got to be one of the most interesting concepts showing promise of bearing fruit. Who wouldn't love to take in a movie, read a book, take a nap, safely eat a meal, safely use the smart phone for whatever, or even make whoopie with the lady, all while on the commute home?




By retrospooty on 6/25/2014 4:27:43 PM , Rating: 5
"Who wouldn't love to take in a movie, read a book, take a nap, safely eat a meal, safely use the smart phone for whatever, or even make whoopie with the lady, all while on the commute home?"

That would give new meaning to "I f^&king drove to work today" and "I'll be right f^&king there"


RE: Google cars, Tesla, Open Automotive Alliance
By agentsm1th on 6/30/2014 2:46:08 AM , Rating: 2
"I used to think Tesla would be the type of company to open up the world to the promise of the electric"

Tesla is the company opening up the promise of electric tech...

"they are just as tight fisted with their parts as any of them. "

They just released all their patents to the public domain.

" I looked up Open Automotive Alliance, and did not find Tesla in it."

Tesla uses Linux


By wordsworm on 6/30/2014 6:36:15 PM , Rating: 2
"Tesla uses Linux"
So does Android. Yet I cannot make an app for Android to answer the phone. I can with Linux. Just because a system uses Linux, it does not mean that the system itself is open.

Patents to the public domain... hmmm... I guess I just don't have enough money to set up a billion dollar manufacturing plant.

Until I found out that Tesla doesn't sell batteries to the public, or any of their other parts, I realized that they're really just the same as any other company, at least in that regard. They seem to be keeping their parts for themselves, Mercedes, and probably some other major auto companies, and not allowing the general public to purchase them.

Teslas are kind of ugly (not as ugly as a Ferrari) and not very practical. I would much rather stick a $20,000 Tesla battery and Tesla software to help run the electric motor.


Cool stuff... But what is missing?
By retrospooty on 6/25/2014 4:08:50 PM , Rating: 2
There is a lot of great stuff, alot more not detailed above, but no Glass updates? Still no release date?




RE: Cool stuff... But what is missing?
By Spuke on 6/25/2014 4:44:05 PM , Rating: 2
By retrospooty on 6/25/2014 4:55:18 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I saw all that yesterday, what I meant was no updates on an official release date. Everything from the new upgrade yesterday is still referring to the "Glass Explorer open beta". I am looking for a release date on the actual consumer product or at least an appx. timeframe.


Sounds like the I/O was fun!
By tonyswash on 6/26/2014 3:04:17 AM , Rating: 1
By retrospooty on 6/26/2014 7:38:26 AM , Rating: 2
Months ago your narrative was that Android was a colossal failure and was on its way out. Now you are just using diversion to steer attention away from it's success. I'd say that is a win. :P


RE: Sounds like the I/O was fun!
By rountad on 6/26/2014 10:46:18 AM , Rating: 2
I thought that the Third Amendment to the Constitution disallowed Google from quartering geeks in the homes of hippies.


Strange Similarities.
By BSquared on 6/26/2014 1:55:55 AM , Rating: 2
Am I alone in my opinion, or does "Material Design" look awfully similar to the "Metro"/"Modern" UI for Windows 8/Windows 8 RT/Windows Phone 8? I mean I always thought the Roboto font looked eerily similar to the W8 Segoe UI. I guess Google is pulling an Apple.




RE: Strange Similarities.
By retrospooty on 6/26/2014 9:17:56 AM , Rating: 2
It does... It seems like everyone is going flat/boring. I am not impressed with it looks wise, but at least it's totally skinnable so you can make it look any way you'd like.


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