Google I/O began on Wednesday, June 25, marking the seventh annual conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. The search engine giant uses the event to launch and promote its latest technology. Developers are able to sign up for software development kits (SDKs) at the show, and this year 5,000 eager participants were present.
During the two-day conference, Google set the tech world alight with several impressive new devices and design overhauls, all hinting at the future for businesses and the public alike. It’s a busy time for Google as this week also saw the launch of the divisive Google Glass, the wearable computer that received a beta run earlier in the year. Google will be eager to make Glass a success, and what is clear is the company is on a quest toward making technology seamless with modern life. Here’s how they intend to do it.
Key Google I/O Announcements
This year’s Google I/O was dominated by announcements involving Android. There were some intriguing developments from Google that hint at their business plan for the coming years. Here’s the lowdown on the key software and devices.
Android L and Material Design
Android L was, arguably, the biggest announcement of the show. A new theme has been used (which has been called Material Design), and there are major performance updates. There’s a new emphasis on advanced video games, improved battery life, a new style of notifications, and new identity options for security.
Google explained it this way: “[Material Design] uses tactile surfaces, bold graphic design, and fluid motion to create beautiful, intuitive experiences.” You can watch an official video here.
Android Wear is part of the potentially revolutionary smartwatch technology. If done correctly, this could be international hit with tremendous implications for businesses across the world. Although the technology won’t be as time consuming as smartphones, the “glanceable” nature of smartwatches will make for instanteous updates, which is in keeping with Google’s seamless take on technology.
Their site states, “Android Wear organizes your information, suggests what you need, and shows it to you before you even ask. Get messages from your friends, appointment notifications, and weather updates at a glance.” Most of its functions will be voice activated. For a look into what could be a future hit, visit the Android Wear site.