The famed Google I/O keynote speech is over and now it’s time for us to get excited about everything that’s about to happen. If you missed the keynote speech, or you don’t want to sit through the nearly three hour presentation, then check out our video where we break it down in under seven minutes.
Some of the features announced in Android L include:
- Material Design is the new design standard and will be ubiquitous across platforms.
- Improved notifications.
- Redesigned Recent Apps switcher.
- App indexing in search.
- Personal Unlocking feature knows when you’re there.
- New keyboard!
- ART is the default runtime in Android L and supports 64-bit.
- Overhauled graphics handling.
- New battery stats feature built in along with battery saver mode.
Some of the features announced in Android Wear include:
- Specifically designed for round or square watch faces.
- Order a pizza in under 20 seconds using Android Wear!
- Apps and notifications sync flawlessly from phone or tablet to the watch and back.
- Lots of voice control.
- LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live will be out today!
Some of the features announced in Android Auto include:
- Voice control nearly everywhere.
- Overlay notifications.
- 25 car brands working with Google and some Android Auto cars should be released this year!
Some of the features announced in Android TV include:
- Apps and games support.
- TV tuner, cable TV, etc supported.
- Game pad support.
- Voice search that searches for titles, celebrities (and stuff that they’ve done), and recommendations based on your likes. You can even search obscure stuff like “movies that won an Oscar in 2002.”
- TVs and set top boxes from LG, Samsung, Razer, and more coming later this year.
Here are some new Chromecast features announced:
- Improved photo frame functionality to include your own photos. You can also reverse search random photos if you want to know more.
- People will be able to stream to Chromecast without being attached to the home WiFi network.
- Android device mirroring onto the TV screen.
New Chrome OS stuff includes:
- Much higher Android to Chrome OS integration which includes phone calls, text messages, and the ability to run Android apps from the phone to the Chromebook.
- Security and data separation so you can use the same devices as your home and work device.
- Google Drive for Work now offers unlimited storage for $10 per month, per user.
- They finally released Google Slides.
A little bit about Google Cloud:
- Vastly improved analytics.
- Improved developer console.
- Improved integration and support.
And here are some application things announced:
- Google Fit was announced and it’ll be compatible with phones, tablets, and wearables.
- Google Play Games will get an update that will add gamer profiles, saved games that are view-able inside of the Google Play Games app, and deeper integration with games and Google Play Games.
- New testing tools as Google has acquired Appurify!
What are your thoughts on the whole thing? Are you excited about all the new stuff that’s about to happen? Were there any disappointments? It’s going to be an exciting year in the world of Google and make sure you stay tuned to Android Authority because we’ll be covering all of it!