THE BIGGEST DEVELOPMENTS FROM GOOGLE I/O 2014.
Google’s largest annual event took place this week. Here are some of the biggest developments from the I/O conference that you might have missed.
Affordable smartphones for emerging countries
Google announced it was stepping up its efforts to reach people in developing countries. With less than 10 percent of people in emerging countries owning smartphones, Sundar Pichai, Google’s SVP for Chrome, Apps and Android, shared how Android One would up this figure.
Averaging at $100, an Android One device will feature a 4.5 inch display, dual-SIM and SD card slots and receive regular updates.
A new version of Android – Android L
Set for release this year, Android L means better design and greater, more efficient performance. Android apps will perform better, battery life will be improved, and it will work seamlessly across multiple devices.
With a completely different look called Material Design, Android L is set to make every animation; shadow and image look as real as possible, giving Android L a very intuitive feel for users.
Google for your car
Google officially announced Android Auto. Run on mobile but mirroring its interface on to a car’s dashboard screen, Android Auto – a simplified version of Android L, can be commanded by voice and by touch.
Features include access to Google Maps, contact search, destination locator and the ability to reply to texts and emails with voice commands. And for those of us who like to belt out some tunes as we drive – Android Auto also enables users to use voice commands to pull up music from the Google Play Music app.
Perhaps the most talked about development, Google officially unveiled the first look at this wearable platform at the I/O conference, following its announcement in March this year.
Featuring a minimalist interface that allows users to swipe through notifications with a vertical swipe, providing more information about notifications when swiped horizontally, Android Wear is designed to provide snack bite information at a glance.
With a quick tap of a button, saying “Okay Google” also allows the user to use voice commands to reply to messages, receive directions, and even control music playback.
That’s it! With some really exciting developments in the pipeline, we can’t wait to see what the tech giant unveils next.
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