Round-up of Everything Announced At Google I/O 2014

The first day of the 2014 edition of Google I/O was jam packed with new product and feature announcements. Some had leaked in advance, many were expected, while the rest took everyone by surprise. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the conference, here’s a round-up of everything (well, almost everything) announced by Google.


Android L Release

The big news was of course new edition of Android. Google referred to the next-gen Android as simply the ‘L release’. The L release will be available to the general public in the fall of 2014; however, for the first time ever, Google will be providing a developer preview, which is expected to be released later today.

Android L Release – Material Design

The L release will sport a massive design overhaul as a part of Google’s new cross-platform design principle called Material design. Material design, which will be used across Google properties, including Android and Chrome OS, builds on top of the flat design trend by adding a sense of depth and lighting, beautiful typography, and intelligent animations that enable seamless transition between content. Material design is vibrant, fresh and cheery without appearing to be immature. Based on the demos shown by Google, Material design feels like a brilliant evolution of a lot of concepts introduced by Microsoft’s Metro design language.

The L release’s enhancements aren’t just skin deep though. In fact, Google is throwing out the Dalvik Virtual Machine and replacing it with the Android Run Time (ART). ART is already present in KitKat devices as an optional alternative; however, in the L release, ART will be completely replacing Dalvik. ART uses various optimizations (including Ahead of Time code compilation, enhanced garbage collection, and 64 bit support) to offer significant performance benefits. Google is also working with hardware manufacturers on Android Extension Pack, which will enable game developers to provide console quality graphics on mobile devices.

Android L Release – ART

The L release also shines the spotlight on one of the major weak points of modern day smartphones – battery life. The next edition of Android should be able to last longer thanks to Project Volta. Besides introducing a Battery Saver mode, which will be disabling battery intensive services and throttling the CPU, Google has worked on enhanced data collection and better resource utilization.

There are numerous other enhancements in the next edition of Android, including more useful notifications, easier ways to authenticate and unlock your phone, and better multi-tasking.

Android One

Android One is a set of reference hardware that Google will be creating for smartphone manufacturers. Google is hoping that Android One will enable its partners to quickly create high quality Android phones at a low price point. The Android One initiative will begin in India, with Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice as the OEM partners. Android One phones will ship with stock OS, but Google will allow automatic download of OEM apps (Play auto-install). To put it simply, Android One is Google’s Nexus program re-imagined for the emerging markets. These low-end devices are expected to cost less than a hundred dollars.

Android One

Android Wear

Earlier in the summer, Google had offered a sneak peek of Android Wear, its new operating system for wearables. At the Google IO, it released the Android Wear SDK, announced the first devices from its hardware partners, and gave a more detailed look at how Android Wear will work. For apps on your smartphone that support Android Wear, the Wear part of the app will automatically be installed and updated on your watch. This is a major improvement over other wearable operating systems as it avoids the hassle of having to install an app on the tiny watch, and then to go back and install the parent app on the phone. Android Wear will continuously stay in sync with your mobile phone, and will be leveraging voice controls and Google now to make your life simpler.

The first two Android Wear devices to launch are the LG G Watch, and the Samsung Gear Live. Both of them currently available on the play store for $229 and $199 respectively. Motorola’s gorgeous Moto360 will be available later this summer.

Android Auto

As the name suggests, this is Android for cars. The focus with Android auto is on simplified navigation and voice controls. As soon as you plug in your phone in the car, your Android installation is projected on the car’s infotainment system. You can control the OS with your voice as well as by using the controls provided in the car. The focus points of Android Auto are navigation, music, and communication. However, Google will be providing an Android Auto SDK, which will enable developers to extend the experience. Launch partners for Android Auto include Audi and Honda.

Android TV

In a move which surprised absolutely no one, Google also announced Android TV. Television sets are quite often the biggest displays in a household, and Google quite obviously wants to be on them. Android TV features a smart homescreen that acts as your content hub. It features a recommendation screen that’s tuned to your watching habits, apps, and games. Android users will be able to cast multimedia content on their TV, just like you’d be able to do with Chromecast. Gaming is also one of the focus areas of Android TV, with support for multi-player experience between smartphone/tablet users and TV users.

Android TV


Chromecast, which was the unexpected hit of last year, also got its fair share of improvements. It’s no longer necessary for everyone to be on the same network to be able to cast to your TV. You’ll also be able to cast exactly what’s on your Android tablet or smartphone screen (device mirroring) on your TV. There’s also a new Backdrop feature which will allow you to play a slideshow of pictures from your personal gallery as well as Google curated content. Using your TV to play slideshows while no one is paying attention seems to be a massive waste of energy to me, but I guess there must be takers for this. Google also announced the launch of a new website as well as a separate category in the Play Store for Chromecast apps.

Chrome OS

Thanks to updates in the Chrome OS, your Chromebook will now be a lot more in sync with your phone. You’ll be able to unlock your Chromebook automatically if your phone is around. Incoming phone calls and text messages will show on your Chromebook. You’ll get notified when your phone’s battery is low. And finally, you can even run Android apps on your Chromebook. This feature is a work in progress, and might take some time to arrive. However, with all of Android’s powerful apps and games, Chromebooks will suddenly become a lot more useful.

Chrome OS running Android App

Google Cardboard

This could have easily been an April fool’s day joke, but it is not. In fact, it’s possibly the weirdest and product on display at Google IO. Google gave away a Cardboard to every attendee. And this, is what I mean by Cardboard.

Google Cardboard

Once you assemble the device, all you need to do is pop in your phone, and launch the Cardboard app. You’ll have a low-tech, but apparently awesome Virtual Reality headset with head tracking (powered by your phone’s accelerometer and gyroscope). The only button on the device is in the form of a metallic ring that you can flick to select items on the screen.

Other Updates

Some of the other stuff that were announced yesterday include:
Google Fit: A fitness platform with a multi-OS API that aims to aggregate a user’s fitness data.
Google Play: Play Games will get Quests and a Saved Game section, while Play Store will be get carrier billing option for user purchases.
Google Cloud: Google announced several enhancements to its Cloud infrastructure which is leveraged by several popular apps and services. A new suite of tools – Cloud Save, Cloud Debugger, Cloud Trace, and Cloud Monitoring – were introduced.
Google Docs: Google’s online suite of productivity apps will now be able to open, edit, and save Office files including Word Documents, Excel Spreadsheets, and PowerPoint Presentations.
Android for Work: Google will be building on the work done by Samsung on Knox to offer a secure environment for enterprise that’ll be separated from your personal data and apps. Drive for work will offer an unlimited storage option for just $10 per user per month.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Unveiled – Everything You Need To Know About It!

Google just announced the next version of Android (4.1) known as Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean builds upon Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and includes lots of new features, usability and UI enhancements and performance improvements. If you missed the Google I/O keynote, here is everything that you need to know about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean -:

Project Butter and Updated Launcher

One important part of Jelly Bean is Project Butter. Project Butter includes Vsync, Triple buffering, improved touch experience, lower CPU usage, and improved usage of system resources. Basically, Project Butter is aimed at improving the overall speed of Android OS and Apps as a whole to provide a ‘butter’ smooth UI experience. According to Google, Jelly Bean is the fastest version of Android yet!

Jelly Bean also includes a new and updated launcher that automatically resizes the widgets if its size is too big, or re-aligns the icons to fit the widget on a specific homescreen.

New Prediction System and 18 New Input Languages

Google also updated the keyboard predictive system in Jelly Bean to make it more Swiftkey like. The keyboard now tries to predict the next word the user is going to type, which is similar to Swiftkey. The Voice to text feature also got a major update, and now works without a working data connection. Apart from this, Google has also added support for 18 new Input languages including Hindi and Persian language. There is also an Arabic font for Arabian users.

Updated Camera App

The Camera app in Ice Cream Sandwich got a pretty major upgrade in Ice Cream Sandwich, but Google has once again updated it in Jelly Bean. The new camera app allows users to navigate through their photos right from the camera app extremely quickly. Users can use the pinch-to-zoom option to zoom out and see all the pictures they have clicked at once in a card-stacked view. They can delete any picture by just swiping it out. An Undo option is also present for that oops moment.

Android Beam With File Sharing Support

In Ice Cream Sandwich, Google introduced Android Beam that allowed users to share data between other NFC enabled devices by just tapping them together. However, this only work for a limited set of data like an app’s play store link, a YouTube video etc. With Jelly Bean, Google went ahead and updated Android Beam to allow support for sharing for videos and pictures via Android Beam using Wi-Fi Direct. S-Beam on the Galaxy S III provides the same feature as this but the former works only with another Galaxy S III, while the latter will work on any Android device with a NFC chip running Jelly Bean.

Updated Notification System

The Notification bar got a slight UI update in Ice Cream Sandwich, but with Jelly Bean Google has once again proved that Android’s notification system is better than iOS6 and Windows Phone. Now, users can directly call, like, check-in or message a friend right from the notification bar. For example, users can also view their new streams in Pulse right from the notification bar by just using a simple pinch-to-zoom gesture.

New Google Search Experience

Google has updated the Google Search bar and the whole Google search experience to take it to the next level. Not only is it faster, smarter and easier to use, it also provides users with direct answers to their question using Google’s Knowledge Graph. The Voice Search feature has also been updated, and is more accurate than before. It will also reply back to users with the answers ala Siri.

Google Now

Google Now uses a user’s search history, calendar entries and other personal information to provide them with relevant information in real-time. It will automatically provide users with bus schedules when they are near a bus station, or the quickest route to their home when they leave their home, or by provide them with the scores of your favorite team or by providing relevant information when they travel abroad.

App Encryption and Smart APK Updates

With Jelly Bean, Google has introduced App encryption. The app will be encrypted before the download begins and once it is downloaded on the device as well, using a device specific key making them more secure.

Smart APK Updates will allow users to download users to download only the ‘updated’ parts of the APK and not the whole APK. This will help in not only reducing the size of the APK updates, but will also reduce the bandwith usage for quite a lot of users. The Smart APK updates feature will be available for Android 2.3+ Gingerbread devices.


With Jelly Bean, Google has replaced the stock Ice Cream Sandwich browser with Chrome in Nexus 7. This also marks the death of Flash for Android. For other devices, the stock Android browser will still be shipped as the default one.


The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update will be available for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM sometime in mid-July as an OTA update.

Image Source – TheVerge

Nexus 7 and Nexus Q Pictures Leak Before Google I/O

With less than 30 mins left for the Google I/O to begin, two upcoming product announcement from Google have leaked online – the NExus 7 and Nexus Q. The Nexus 7, as rumors had suggested, is a 7-inch Android tablet manufactured by Asus and is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, 1GB of RAM, and 8 or 16GB of internal storage.

Apart from the usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features, the tablet will also come with NFC for easy sharing of data among various Android devices. The main selling point of the Nexus 7 will however be its price point of $199.

The surprise leak before the event is the Nexus Q. From the pictures posted by Droid-Life, the Nexus Q looks like a portable NFC touting speakers, similar to Nokia’s Play 360.

It will be interesting to see what advantage does the Nexus Q offers over the Nokia Play 360 speakers.

Via – MoDaCo

Watch Google I/O 2012 Online

Google I/O will be starting tomorrow and 5500 developers will come together at the highly anticipated developer conference held by Google. Google’s I/O event will also grab more eyeballs after the recent introduction of iOS 6 and Microsoft’s Surface tablet and next generation of Windows Phone O.S.

Google I/O Live 2012

Google will most likely be introducing the latest Android OS; Jelly Bean (see Jelly Bean structure at Googleplex) to the world along with the rumored 7 inch Google Nexus tablet. However, there may be several more announcements which could turn out to be exciting.

Google I/O keynotes are usually streamed online and on YouTube. The first Google I/O keynote will begin on June 27 at 9:30 Am and can be watched at or You can also find other keynotes and developer events at their I/O live page at

We will try and add links to videos to these post when the event goes live.

Google Finally Fixes the Registration Process for Google I/O 2012; Only Developers With Coding Skills Can Register

Google had earlier announced the dates for its annual developer event – Google I/O 2012 – in October. However, there has been a change in schedule. Google I/O will take place in June 2012, from June 27 to June 29. Yes, that’s three days, instead of the two days Google I/O is usually held for.

The goal behind increasing the duration of the event was to enable attendees to attend more sessions, and interact with the engineers behind Google’s developer platforms and APIs. There may be another reason behind postponing it – Google may have a lot of stuff to unveil at the event, which they couldn’t have been prepared to unveil in April.

There is another surprise – a very good one for actual developers.

While Google actually started I/O for developers, it has been attracting the wrong audience in the past couple of years, since Google started giving away free goodies to attendees, the cost of which was much higher than the price of admission to the event.

Last year, the entire event was sold out within hours, and after the event ended, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 units that Google had doled out to the attendees were being sold on eBay at a huge premium.

While it’s great that Google wants to give away stuff to attendees, the problem is that it attracts the wrong kind of audience.

To attend Google I/O 2012 though, Google advises you to ” brush up on your coding skills” if you want to attend the event.

They haven’t given out any details yet, but I think it means that they may allow only developers who can actually code to register for the event via some kind of a pre-registration coding contest.

Well, obviously it can be gamed too, but it’s better than having no such measures.

Hopefully, more developers (and no scalpers) will get to attend Google I/O 2012.

Angry Birds Attack the Chrome Web Store!

Google I/O 2011 started yesterday, but the focus was almost completely on Android. You can check out the highlights of the Google I/O 2011 keynote here. Today, however, Google also showcased other stuff like the Chrome Web Store and Chrome OS laptops by Samsung and Acer.

Today, Peter Vesterbacka, CEO, Rovio Mobile announced that Angry Birds has now been launched for the web, on the Chrome Web Store. Angry Birds for the web has been built using WebGL and Canvas. It runs at 60 FPS, thanks to improvements in browser graphics. You can download Angry Birds Beta via the Chrome Web Store for free, and play it offline as well. It’s available in both, SD and HD versions.

Rovio will be launching some exclusive levels, available only in Chrome. It will also support in-app payments, so you can easily buy the Mighty Eagle to obliterate the pigs.

You can download and install Angry Birds on Chrome from the Chrome Web Store. Here’s the link:

Angry Birds – Chrome Web Store

Angry Birds

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Google I/O 2011 Keynote Highlights

The Google I/O 2011 keynote has ended with a bang. Google announced that it would give away a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to every I/O 2011 attendee. However, that wasn’t the best part. At the I/O 2011 keynote, Google made some really awesome announcements. Here are the Google I/O 2011 Keynote highlights, for those who missed it.

Android Statistics

First of all, here are some very encouraging statistics about the Android platform. Android has truly taken the mobile world by storm in the last 2 years. There are now a 100 million activated Android devices. The number of activations every day has now reached 400,000.

The total number of apps and games in the Android Market has also reached 200,000. Over 4.5 billion apps have been downloaded from the Android Market, which is about 45 apps per phone. There are now over 300 different Android powered devices.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb 3.1

Google also announced a unified OS for both tablets and smartphones – Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Besides that, they also announced Honeycomb 3.1. It brings some much needed improvements and new APIs to Honeycomb.

Honeycomb 3.1 will also be available for Google TV.

More details: Android 3.1 Honeycomb Announced; Supports Google TV As Well!

Google Music Beta and Movies

Google also launched Music Beta. It’s a new service which lets you upload your music to the cloud and access it on your Android devices. It offers automatic sync, a feature called Instant Mix and allows you to play your recently played music offline.

Google also launched Movies for Rent on the Android Market. You can now rent thousands of movies starting at $1.99 and view them on your Android tablet or phone.

More details: Google Music, Books And Movies Services Goes Live!

Google [email protected] and Open Accessory

Last, but definitely not the least, the most exciting announcement related to Android – Google unveiled a new API called Android Open Accessory which will allow developers to build new hardware accessories which will work with Android phones. It also showcased [email protected], which allows Android apps to connect and control devices and appliances at your home.

You can watch the event live at Google I/O 2011 Live.

Google IO

Google Gives Away the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at I/O 2011; May Get 5000 Devs to Develop Honeycomb Apps

Google has always been quite generous with its giveaways at the Google I/O events. At the Google I/O 2009 event, it gave all attendees a brand new Google Ion smartphone. At I/O 2010, it gave everyone an HTC EVO 4G.

Naturally, when Google I/O 2011 registrations started, the entire event was completely sold out in less than an hour. In comparison, Apple sold out WWDC 2011 tickets in 10 hours, but then it also made $8 million.

I was betting that Google would probably give away a Samsung Galaxy S 2 this time around, but as it turns out, they just announced that they will be giving away a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to all I/O 2011 attendees. While this may cost Google a few million in the short term, it will be very beneficial in the long term, in terms of drumming up developer support for its Honeycomb platform. Most of the audience at I/O 2011 is comprised of developers. By giving away a free Android Honeycomb tablet, Google may have improved the chances of Honeycomb getting more apps and games faster. The lack of apps, compared to the iPad, has been the number one deterrent for buyers planning to buy Android tablets.

One thing is for sure, I’m definitely going to try my best to attend Google I/O 2012.

Stay tuned for more Google I/O 2011 updates. There have been many drool-worthy announcements this year.

Galaxy Tab 10.1

How To Get Invites For Google Music Beta

Earlier Today, Google launched Google Music at Google I/O 2011. The new music service will seamlessly integrate with mobiles and Android tablets.


Sadly, the service will be limited to US only for the initial period and there is no information on when it will be rolled out to other countries. Google Music is a service which gives you access to your personal music collection without the need to use wires or sync. You can add your music collection to Google music and access it from the web or any other compatible Android device.

If you are interested in trying out the new service, you can request a beta invite for the service by visiting You can learn more about Google Music by visiting this page.

Google I/O 2011 Keynotes and Conference Details

Google I/O LogoGoogle I/O 2011 is just a few days away and it will host a large number of developers who will be keen to spend two days learning more about Google’s technologies including , , Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit and App Engine among others.

Google I/O will be held on May 10 and 11 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco with the BootCamp being held on May 9, 2011 at the Mission Bay Conference Center is San Francisco. Google I/O 2011 will also have I/O Extended sessions which will be hosted around the world by Google offices, their partners and student ambassadors.


Google has released an official Google I/O app for Android. You can download the Google I/O 2011 app for Android to keep track of all the schedules, detailed session and speaker info, companies in developer sandbox and more.

Google I/O 2011 Android App

This years Keynote speakers have not yet been announced, but it would more likely than not be Android SVP, Andy Rubin and Sundar Pichai the SVP of

Google I/O 2011 might spring up several surprises in the form of the new Android OS codenamed Ice Cream, which will unify the tablet and mobile phone OS. Currently, Google is dealing with multiple OS in the form of for mobiles and Honeycomb for tablets. A unified OS will give developers and manufacturers a simpler way to develop and deploy Android on different devices.

There might also be announcement about Google Chrome OS enabled netbooks being made available to the general public. There have been rumors that Chrome OS based netbooks will be available in June-July 2011 and it looks like Google I/O would be the best time for that announcement.  Other than that, there might be other surprises in the form of updates to Google TV and Google Mobile Ads.

Here is the Google I/O 2011 schedule and keynotes that are going to be held this year.

Google I/O 2011 Schedule and Keynotes

Monday, May 9th 2011

  • On-site check-in – 1PM to 6PM
  • I/O BootCamp – 9AM to 5PM

Tuesday, May 10th 2011

  • On-site check-in from – 7AM to 9PM
  • Keynote – 9AM to 10AM
  • Developer Sandbox – 10AM to 5:30PM
  • Breakout Sessions – 10AM to 5:30PM
  • Office Hours – 12PM to 6:30PM

Wednesday, May 11th 2011

  • On-site check-in from – 7AM to 3PM
  • Keynote – 9:30AM to 10:30AM
  • Developer Sandbox – 10:30AM to 5:30PM
  • Breakout Sessions – 10:45AM to 5:15PM
  • Office Hours – 12PM to 5:30PM

Google I/O will also hold several Office Hours session on Tuesday and Wednesday where they will talk about Google Chrome, Geo Location, Google Apps, App Engine, Developer Tools, , Android, Google TV and Google Mobile Ads among other things. You can visit this page to know proper timings of the Office Hours.

The Breakout Sessions will focus on the similar topics as the Office Hours, however, those sessions will go into more details. You can find schedule of the Breakout sessions here.

You can visit the official Google I/O 2011 site for more information about the events and schedule.