The first keynote of the Google I/O 2011 focuses completely on the Android platform. Here are some of the highlights.
- 100 million activations
- 4.5 billion installs of applications
- over 200,000 applications
- Honeycomb 3.1 update available very soon
- 3.1 can act as USB host – directly connect USB devices to your Android tablet (camera, keyboard, game controller)
- Also coming to Google TV this summer
Next release Ice Cream Sandwich
- Q4 2011 targeted launch
- Focus on choice of device: available for phones, tablets, and tablets turning into laptops(!)
- New tools to accommodate different screen sizes
- Completely Open Source
- Demo of feedback from position of head vs. tablet, Android’s version of Photobooth. More useful demo: on video chat with multiple speakers system focuses automatically on the person speaking.
Android Cloud services
- Android market expanded to movies.
- $3.99 rental for 30 days
- Ability to make movie rentals available offline (for viewing on for example airplane)
- Available across all devices, phone, tablet, laptop and PC.
- Music Beta by Google
- Makes music available across all devices
- Instant mix based on a selected song
- Adding music over the air – never have to use a cable again, no syncing (hey, Apple!)
- Make Available Offline also available for music
- When getting new phone, all that is needed is signing into Google account
- Rolling out in beta, up to 20,000 songs, free while in beta
- New platform releases rolling out faster based on new industry partnership
- New updates automatically for 18 months as long as hardware supports
- Android Open Accessory API
- Takes openness to a new level by allowing hardware by 3rd parties
- Demo of exercise bike connected to Android phone, automatically starts CardioQuest application, and bike detects that CardioQuest is running and relinquishes control to phone.
- API for Gingerbread and Honeycomb available today
- Starting out with USB, Bluetooth available later
- ADK (Accessories Development Kit) based on Arduino.
- Demo of Labyrinth game where controller is an Android tablet.
- Completely open, no NDA, no fees, no approval process.
- New protocol to allow devices to communicate with each other and with Android – Partnering with Lightning Science – LED lightbulbs and switches – by end of year.
- Android@Home hub – project Tungsten. Demo of music playing through multiple devices. Combination of Music and @Home to identify music cds and automatically start playing them