Google I/O 2014: Quick rundown

Hey Gamenologers!

So Google has recently done their I/O press conference, in this post we are going to take you through what happened in the conference. Most of it is about Android though đŸ™‚

Android One

Android One

So Google has unveiled Android One, what is it you ask?

Most people around the world have smartphones now, and Google is looking for ways to bring smartphones to everyone. But some of the mid range and low end phones, and from local companies like Micromax are low quality phones and don’t do so well. They don’t support the phones that much and are normally on earlier versions of Android. Well Google is going to change all that.

Google has unveiled Android One, which are basically cheap Nexus phones. Google will make sure the phones are good, and keep them at a low cost. The phones are guaranteed to get good support from Google, and Google will start with phone manufacturers in India.

The manufacturers participating in the program are Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. Although their phones may not be good quality, we feel that since Google is giving out the regulations and stuff to the manufacturers, this might all change. What do you think about it? Leave your comments in the comments below.

Micromax Android One Phone

Android L

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Google has unveiled their new version of Android, Android L. Now the funniest thing is that there is no version number, so we don’t know if it’s 4.5 or 5.0 or what. What we do know is that the UI had a massive redesign. Everything is flat and if you got the latest update of Google+ on your Android device, you may probably know the design language being used this time. The design is called Material Design. It also has a new runtime, called ART, which stands for Android runtime. It has a better notification system so you can see your notifications in the lock screen as well without pulling the notification shade down and Project Volta keeps the whole OS efficient.

Wanna try it out? Google is offering the developer preview to Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 users, so if you have one of those devices (or both) then you can Click Here and flash it to your device. But be careful as it’s not the final build.

Android Wear

Another thing unveiled at I/O is Android Wear, Google’s own operating system for smartwatches which interact with your phone. The smartwatches announced are the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and Moto 360, expect them by the end of the year.

Android Auto

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It is basically like Apple CarPlay but Android. More on this soon.

Android Auto Alliance

Android TV

Google-TV-screenshot

That’s right, Google TV is now dead and is now officially replaced with Android TV! This is Google’s own operating system for TVs, with a UI tailored for TVs. You can play games, stream content, use apps and more!

We will be covering more on this soon but in the meantime please visit http://www.android.com/tv

Gamenology’s Verdict

That’s basically the major aspects of the I/O covered, other things announced in the conference was about Google Chromebook integration with other Google services, Google Chromecast becoming more user friendly, Google Cloud, Google Fit and more.

Overall we think it’s a great conference, please let us know what was your favourite part of the conference.

We hope you enjoyed this post and have a nice day.

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