Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Google I/O: Day 1 Keynote takeaways

Android growth rate : 100 million activated Android devices. 400,000 new Android devices activated every day. In all 200,000 free and paid applications available in Android Market

Android everywhere strategy: Based on this strategy, Google launched an Android@Home, which allows Android apps to discover, connect and communicate with appliances and devices in your home.

Android Open Accessory: These are set of API which will help developers start building new hardware accessories that will work across all Android devices. Hardware and software will be released in a reference design so Android can be plugged into fitness equipment, robots and other devices.

Ice Cream Sandwich: Android Ice Cream Sandwich is Honeycomb 3.1 and was an effort to create one OS experience and interface across multiple devices. Ice Cream Sandwich will bring everything we love about Honeycomb on tablet to phone, including the holographic user interface, more multitasking, the new launcher and richer widgets.

Multimedia cloud service: Google launched Music Beta , a new service that lets users to upload personal music collection to the cloud for streaming to computer and phones. Added Movies for rent to Android Market. Users can rent from Android Market on the web, and soon will be rolling out to Verizon XOOM customers.

Updates for a wide range of devices: Google is working to get tighter with partners to create a better experience. Open Handset Alliance, are working together to adopt guidelines for how quickly devices are updated after a new platform release, and also for how long they will continue to be updated.

Finally Android 3.1 will be Open sourced and will be scaling up to Google TV later this year. Day 1 was less of surprises but indeed it brought a smile to all the Google IO attendees as they all became proud owners of Samsung Galaxy tablet.

1 comment:

Girish said...

looks like day 2 is all about Chrome... Netbook, Desktop etc etc all supposed to use Chrome and not Android... If Ice cream Sandwich is expected to seamlessly support smart phones as well as Tablets, why can't it be designed to extend upto Netbook/Desktop range also...?
Then only we can say its a true 'One OS' concept, right?