2014 Google I/O
“I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner.”
-Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President, Google
The 2014 Google I/O rolled out the newest additions to the Android family as well as Chrome and various web technologies. The annual conference is focused on developers and the new features and functions that they have to look forward to. Google I/O (“input/output” and “Innovation in the Open”) was kicked off on Tuesday with mobile growth. According to the Senior Vice President of Google, Sundar Pichai, Android now has more than 1 billion active users a month. He went on to cover a few mind blowing statistics about Android mobile users; over the course of a month Android users send 20 billion text messages, take 93 million selfies, and 100 billion times that users check their phone a day. This showcases the rising growth of Androids, as well as mobiles everywhere. Today, mobile use is at an all time high and the focus of this year’s I/O conference was how can Google use “material design” to create an easier user experience across all Android platforms.
The new L release will definitely be something to look out for. The L Developer, or as many call it “material design”, is a new platform that will give developers more tools to app developers for customized typography, grid and color changes, as well as add fast, fluid continuous animation at 60 FPS using the Polymer tool. The preview included enhanced lock screen notifications as well as unlocking features. Innovations in security are at the forefront of Google’s new products. Features including malware protection, factory reset protection, universal data controls, and most excitingly contextually aware. Android wear is extending to Android Auto, mobile, and television; with voice enabled features and smart technology, Android is making its technology go with you wherever you are, no matter what device you’re using.
The conference continued with Pichai commending the website’s continuous rise in the tablet market share, rising from 39% in 2012 to 62% in 2014. App installs are up by 200%, with platform evolution’s to look forward to. If Google I/O has showed us anything this year, it’s that they’ve got us at every angle. They are ready to come with us through our computers, mobile, car, and wearables.
Google announced various products such as smartwatches, available for Samsung and LG. Android is also going to be taking over your living room with their Android TV, here’s hoping it has more success than their previous endeavors into the wide world of smart TVs. Android Auto seems to be one of the biggest pushes of this year’s I/O. Android smart cars are expecting to be available across dealerships by the end of 2014. They dashboard will sync with your phone and pull up recent destinations, music, contact lists, and more. One of the last features at Google I/O was Google’s Fit Platform that was unfortunately, briefly touched on. We would have liked to see more on the fitness front.
Google I/O 2014’s main idea was Material Design which was interwoven with each new product and feature. A unique user experience is what it’s all about and Google plans on delivering!