Google I/O, day 1: summary of the keynote
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I had the pleasure of attending Google’s public viewing of the Google
I/O keynote. This post is a summary of what has been presented. If one
were to summarize the content in one sentence, it would be: “Android
|Logo of Android “Ice Cream Sandwich” [source: The Guardian]|
- News on Android
- Android Honeycomb 3.1 is available now. 
- As we already knew, the next Android version is called “Ice Cream Sandwich” and merges Android Gingerbread (phones) and Android Honeycomb (tablets). Thus, a single version of Android runs on both phones and tablets. 
- Android will soon be able to become a USB host and work with cameras, keyboards, etc.
- Android is coming to Google TV, including apps. 
- Content in the cloud:
- Currently: apps and books
- New: Google Music Beta. 
- Upload via app (on Windows and Mac)
- Up to 20,000 songs.
- Free while in beta.
- Play music via web or Android app.
- Offline: automatic caching of recently played music. Manually mark artists, albums, or playlists, for offline use.
- New: movies, including rentals. They can be “pinned” (cached) for offline use. [5,6]
- Guaranteed updates for users: A group has been formed that is working on guidelines for guaranteeing updates. 
- Group members: AT&T, Verizon, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, etc.
- Guaranteed updates for 18 months, if the hardware allows it (potential loophole!). Comparison: Apple introduces a new iPhone each year, but sells the previous model for another year. Thus, you get updates for at least 24 months (sometimes a few features are excluded if Apple deems the hardware not capable enough).
- Android Open Accessory :
- Open (royalty-free) standard for connecting devices to Android.
- Android devices recognizes an accessory, can automatically download the appropriate app.
- Connect via cable. Soon: support for Bluetooth.
- Google@Home: home automation. 
- Optional: low-power wireless communication standard, with enough bandwidth to stream video.
- Stream music to Android@Home hubs with integrated speakers.
- Google has partnered with Lighting Science to develop an LED light bulb that can be controlled wirelessly from an Android device. 
- New Honeycomb tablet: The Samsung 10.1 tab (running 3.0). 
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