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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 everywhere”.

Logo of Android “Ice Cream Sandwich” [source: The Guardian]
  • News on Android
    • Android Honeycomb 3.1 is available now. [1]
    • 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. [2]
    • Android will soon be able to become a USB host and work with cameras, keyboards, etc.
    • Android is coming to Google TV, including apps. [3]
  • Content in the cloud:
    • Currently: apps and books
    • New: Google Music Beta. [4]
      • 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. [7]
    • 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 [8]:
    • 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. [8]
    • 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. [9]
  • New Honeycomb tablet: The Samsung 10.1 tab (running 3.0). [10]


From http://www.2ality.com/2011/05/google-io-day-1-summary-of-keynote.html

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