Live coverage of Android 5.0 announcement at Google I/O

Google IO just started, we expect to see more of Android 5.0 or the L release. Likely also seeing the Google Volantis or Nexus 8/9 built by HTC.

Updates will appear as bullets….

Some data

  • Showing different locations on the world where I/O is watched
  • Global smartphone shipments 315M in Q4 2013 shown
  • More than 1 billion active Android users
  • Android users sent over 20 billion every day
  • 93 million selfies per day
  • 100 billion times of phone checks every day
  • Slide showing money transfer, eye diagnostics and mental health support
  • Smartphones used for health checks
  • Also amazing growth of Android tablets
  • 46% of all tablets were Android in 2013
  • 62% of all tablets are now Android (2014)
  • Of all Youtube views 42% is from Android devices
  • 236% increase in app installs on Android
  • Goal is to reach the next 5 billion on the world
  • Android One, initiative to get smartphones to everyone
  • Each OEM has to reinvent the wheel, Google now quality parts for phones to more easily build smartphones
  • Both hardware and software
  • Android One is the same as stock Android, with automatic updates, location relevant apps
  • Example device shown from Micromax
  • Dual sim, SD card, 4″5 screen, FM radio, less than $100
  • Starting in India in fall this year with 3 OEMs

Platform evolution

  • Preview of upcoming L release
  • Can be downloaded on development phones
  • Most comprehensive release ever
  • 5000 API’s also for form factors other than mobile
  • User experience in Android refreshed

Android 5.0 (L) design

  • Design for Android, Chrome, all of Google, for mobile desktop and beyond
  • What if pixels didn’t have just color, but also depth
  • What is there was a material as simple as paper but that transformed when touched
  • “Material design”
  • Video showing design, flat, colorful, lots of whitespace
  • Inspiration comes from paper and ink
  • Back button now rectangle, home a circle and square on the right
  • Real time shadows on the screen now possible
  • Content is the focus
  • L preview will allow developers to change themes for apps
  • Has libraries to extract colors from images
  • Bring phone design to tablets and laptops
  • New Roboto font, designed and optimized for every screen, from watch to TV
  • Includes rich animated touch feedback
  • Every change on the screen is animated in ‘a way that makes sense’
  • Sneak peak of Gmail app in new design
  • Shows how small changes make a big difference
  • Shows how easy it is to expand it to other screens
  • All material design now available through Google Polymer library
  • Style guide at http://www.google.com/design
  • Biggest release in history of Android, 5000 API’s touched

Highlights of Android 5.0 (L)

  • New ‘Material theme’
  • New animation capabilities
  • 3D views with real time shadow
  • Activity transitions shared hero
  • Shows phone dialer
  • Bold colors, shadows, subtle touch effects
  • Dial button floating above UI
  • Nested scrolling, items disappear based on scrolling
  • Over the coming months, the Material design will be on all Google products
  • Enhanced notifications -> you take out your phone dozens of times every time
  • Instant interactive notifications from the lockscreen
  • Only relevant, useful notifications shown
  • Dismiss notifications with a swipe
  • New kind of notification: heads up notification
  • Shows notification on popup while you use an app which you can accept or decline
  • New concept of authentication / unlocking of phone
  • Recognizes if the phone is in the owners hand based on voice, location, other devices nearby etc.
  • 300 million users of Chrome on mobile
  • Chrome should bring material design to the web, a new standard for the mobile web
  • Showing new search layout on mobile
  • Fast fluid animation at 60 frames/s
  • Easier to multitask
  • Square right button is recents icon
  • Recents includes apps and chrome tabs
  • Shows how webpage appears to be like an app (like we revealed yesterday for Chrome OS)
  • Search results also include results from apps
  • Deeplinks in apps now available, search for a place in an app and any app with the same API can bring you back to that location
  • Performance in Android is next
  • New runtime in L, exclusively on ART runtime
  • Truly cross platform, Intel, ARM, MIPS
  • No changes to app code required for developers, app performance improves nevertheless
  • Google maps waiting time halved, no more application stutters
  • ART consumes less memory, is 64-bit compatible, entire Android 64-bit ready
  • GPU performance in L is improved, should close the gap between mobile and desktop graphics
  • Android Extension Pack announced
  • Now showing Unreal 4 on tablet, should look like desktop graphics (and does)
  • This fall, PC gaming graphics on your tablet
  • On to battery performance
  • Project Velta(!?)
  • Tool to measure battery performance (Battery Historian)
  •  Shows what’s consuming energy (some woman screaming in the background!?)
  • Running battery saver mode saves 90 minutes of power on a Nexus 5
  • Biggest release today, what we’ve seen now is only scratching the surface
  • Tomorrow morning L developer version available
  • System image for L released tomorrow for Nexus devices
  • Underlines Android should be an open platform
  • Google Play services ships every 6 weeks, 93% of users are on latest version
  • Google Play security taken very serious, all applications are scanned for malware, if users opt-in also apps outside Play market
  • Less than 0.5% of the users suffer from security issues
  • L also gets kill switch
  • With L release, universal data controls for privacy control
  • Control data that is shared from the device, like location history
  • L release not only for phones but also TV, car, watch, seamless experience with all connected devices
  • Everything contextually aware, whether you are at home, at work or travelling
  • Working on most advanced speech recognition engine in the world
  • Seamless experience, pick up where you left of
  • Mobile first

Android Wear

  • New beginning of a new phase of miniaturization of technology
  • Android Wear makes it easy for developers to develop for small devices like watches
  • Android Wear supports both square and circular design
  • Sensors provide context and help to provide useful information when you need it
  • Watch should provide intelligent answers to questions
  • Users check their phone 125 times a day, Android Wear should lower that with e.g. a Watch
  • Live demo of LG watch
  • Android Wear syncs with Android on the phone
  • Demonstration of note taking with voice fails
  • See who’s calling on the watch (with picture)
  • Swipe to reject call, swipe up for a quick SMS reply, or simply reject
  • Do not disturb feature on the watch
  • Notifications trigger when you are a certain location
  • Music controls on watch for music playing on phone
  • Voice controlled setting of alarm clock on watch
  • Heart rate monitor
  • This gets a bit boring with far fetched examples for the watch
  • But you could do lots of stuff with the Android Wear SDK launched today
  • Show ordering food on eat24 from the watch
  • Wearable parts of apps are automatically installed on watches when installed from the Play Market
  • LG G Watch available today from Play Store
  • Samsung joins with Samsung Gear Live, available today as well
  • Moto360 has round Android UI, available later this summer

Android Auto

  • Google now announces Android for the car
  • Android Auto
  • Redesigned Android platform for cars
  • Navigation, communication, music
  • No grid of icons
  • Android auto is contextually aware
  • Voice enabled
  • Demo: Android phone connected to the car, car controls can control Android Auto
  • Looks and feels like if it’s in the car, but screen comes from the phone
  • Google maps for the Android Car, completely voice enabled and talks back
  • Demo: asks for opening times of museum, car responds, commands Android Auto to navigate using voice
  • Voice enabled messaging
  • Android Auto has a SDK! (another SDK announced today)
  • Android Auto to become available together with the L release
  • 40 new partners have joined the Open Automotive Alliance
  • 20 car brands have signed up
  • First cars with Android Auto expected before the end of this year

Android TV

  • Different form factor, the TV
  • TV vendors all have their own OS, limited and not competive with mobiles
  • Android TV announced
  • Not a new platform, same resources for TV, phones, wear
  • Another SDK
  • Android TV app
  • Demo: shows Live TV, Home button overlays TV
  • Search on TV, again powered by voice
  • Talking to TV gets you stuff, you get the point (IMDB, Youtube, Wikipedia) (and you will look like a moron while talking to your TV)
  • Google Play Movies available on TV
  • You can also control your TV with your watch or phone
  • Games on Android TV, will we see the Bemote live? (yes we spotted that in the source code before)
  • One guy is controlling an NBA game with his tablet, another one is using a controller
  • We already had the SDK part, let’s see what’s next
  • Android TV can be used like Chromecast (brings Googlecast to more TVs)
  • Android TV store will launch with L
  • Lot of hardware vendors to support Android TV, some directly into the TV, others in separate boxes

Chromecast

  • Guy bragging on obvious Chromecast success
  • 6,000 developers, 10,000 Chromecast apps
  • Oh YES! Another SDK! Chromecast SDK! (yes we understand the importance)
  • Casting without being on the same Wifi, but using the cloud
  • They’re doing a demo with an Iphone 5 using Backdrop, brings your TV to live
  • TV the largest picture frame in the house, send them from the phone to the TV
  • Google maps images on the TV, and Google Plus pictures and heck, even art
  • And again, speech recognition
  • Phone/tablet screen mirroring using Chromecast
  • Demo: Google earth from the phone on the TV
  • Demo: Live camera imaging from the phone on the TV

 Chromebooks / Chrome OS

  • Now talking about computers (laptops /desktops)
  • Chrome OS
  • Lemme guess, same interface as on Android L? (ok he didn’t say that, yet…)
  • Chromebook gets unlocked if your phone is near it too
  • Google now cards from phone are also on Chromebook
  • Incoming call notifications on Chromebook, text messages as well, low battery notifications as well
  • Android apps to Chromebooks!
  • Demo of that…what to say, it works, well..

Work

  • Android L makes it possible to have a work and personal workspace on the phone
  • Data is isolated on from each profile
  • Samsung has donated its Knox platform to the Android sourcecode
  • Certified Android at Work program
  • Native Microsoft Office file editing in Google docs
  • You can upconvert(he really said that!) to a Google docs format
  • Google drive has 190M 30 day active users
  • Data encrypted during transfer and storage
  • Unlimited storage, $10 per month
  • Brags on how many companies, startups and Universities now use Google for all kinds of stuff

That should end it for the general public, pizza arrived, that’s it for today from us….