5. All the developer stuff that I don't understand
Google I/O is afterall, a conference for developers. So naturally, the keynote would focus a lot on developers, who make the user-experience on Android (and every other OS) either great, or not. There was a lot of technical stuff like Android Studio which I just completely ignored. But the devs were obviously happy. New dev tools = happy devs = better apps = better user-experience = happy users. So even though I don't understand anything about the new tools the devs are now able to use, I'm glad that we will soon be reaping the benefits of these new tools.
|This is really awesome. I just don't |
understand any of it. Image: TechnoBuffalo
4. All the Google+ improvements
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3. Improvements to Google Search/ Google Now
|Reminders in Google Now|
Almost everyone who uses Android loves Google Now. They at least love Google Search. I just asked Google on my phone "How far are the Petronas Twin Towers from here" (here being Kuantan) and got directions on Maps, together with estimated distance and travel time. Not sure if it has been there forever and I didn't notice it, or it was added in the update. Either way, it's so cool. Voice search and the Knowledge Graph are amazing tools for us to easily get information no matter where we are. Google Search on Chrome will soon be getting voice search too. Can you imagine, verbally asking your laptop a question, and getting a spoken response back. The demo at the conference was just incredible and I can't wait to try it out myself. Reminders on Google Now are also a great addition, albeit a bit late to the show.
2. Google Play Games
This has got to be one of the best things to come from the keynote. Using your Google+ credentials to sign-in to a game, you can save your game in the cloud, which allows you to continue playing on a different device later. You can also compare high-scores to other Google+ users as well as unlock achievements. There's also multi-player matching as well. And this service works on iOS too! Unlike the Game Centre which only works on iOS devices, Google Play Games services work across both Android AND iOS. This kind of openness is really why people love Google so much.
1. Everything is for everyone
Many people were expecting the latest version of Android to be announced. Unfortunately the announcement never came. However, all of these updates actually seem to be better than an update to Android. Joe Levi from Pocketnow explains it well when he said the following:
"Probably bigger news than all that is what Google didn’t announce today: a new version of Android. Some are disappointed. Some are ticked off. To those people I say: patience. Google’s update to their core services is much bigger than a new version of Android! Don’t believe me? Google’s updates (which will be rolling out to users over the next several weeks) will be available for every version of Android from Froyo (2.2) on up to Jelly Bean (4.2.2). They’ll work on your Samsung, your HTC, your Nexus, or your Xperia (or any other Android, for that matter). In short, by updating the core APIs, Google just did an end-run around carriers and OEMs to bring you the latest and greatest tools for your device."
There were of course, other announcements made like new location and Maps APIs, a new music streaming service built into Google Play Music, improvements to the Play Store and other development stuff, and all of these improvements will be available to everyone in just a few days/weeks. The list above is just a list of things that excited me personally. All in all, Google hit a home run with their keynote.
|Google CEO Larry Page closing the keynote with an inspirational speech about technology. |
Image: The Verge