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.
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.
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 Android@Home 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 Android@Home, 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.