It’s Day 1 of Google’s I/O conference. Know what that means? It’s keynote time!
Just as they’ve done for the past few years, Google will open the conference by unveiling many of the projects they’ve been keeping under wraps for months. And just as we’ve done for the past few years, we’ll be there bringing you every little up-to-the-second detail we can.
What will we see? A big push into the Android Wearables initiative, perhaps? Google’s answer to CarPlay? A whole new version of Android? New, shiny things? You’ll have to follow along to find out.
The Keynote is scheduled to start at 9 A.M PDT (or 12 P.M Eastern. Need your local time? Here’s a handy chart.). We’ll probably start sending over pictures and details from the scene a bit before then, so tune in early!
And that’s all, folks! 2 1/2 hours of Keynote fun-time later, that’s a wrap. Thanks for tuning in!
Google I/O attendees get their choice of LG’s Android Wear smartwatch or Samsungs. As soon as Moto’s round-faced watch is available, they get that too.
Now he’s talking about the gifts Google I/O attendees will receive
Sundar comes back on stage to talk about monetization stats: Google has paid out $5B to app developers since the last Google I/O
“Saved Games” will let you snap resumable snapshots of your game progress to the cloud.
They’re also launching “Quests”, which is a set of API that allows for developers to easily build temporary challenges like “Collect 50 bananas by next Tuesday!”
Google Play users will now have “Game Profiles”, which are customizable glimpses of each players favorite games, personal style, etc
Google Play (Googles achievements/leaderboards/saved games/multiplayer service) has registered 100M users in the past 6 months.
Next up: Google Play!
The Fit platform will roll into a developer preview in “just a few weeks”
As part of the program, Nike will allow non-Nike apps to interact with Fuel/Fuelband
“Fit takes away the complexity of handling multiple sources. If a user grants permission, an app can have access to a user’s entire fitness stream.”
“We want to help users keep better track of their fitness goals, so we’re providing a single set of APIs for helping users track their stats and data from their health sensors”
“Today, we’re also announcing Google Fit”
Appurify will continue to be cross platform for both iOS and Android, and will be a free service.
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First up, Testing. “You’ve told us testing is painful. We want it to be easy! Today, we’re announcing that the appurify team is joining Google.”
“I want to talk today about our efforts in development, distribution, and monetization”
On to Google Play news!
They’re walking us through the just announced “Cloud Dataflow”, which is meant to create smoother data pipelines for big data packages (for handling things like Twitter’s massive firehose)
As an example of what they’re talking about right now: you can now change the way Google notifies you “when you surpass your memory threshold on Redis”.
If we’re being quiet, it’s because they’re talking about some pretty intense Google Cloud developer features at about a million words per minute.
And we’re back – we’re now talking about how developers can use Cloud Platform’s built in console to debug web apps, on the fly.
“You all work for a totalitarian company that is building robots that will kill people!” the protestor shouts as security ushers him off.
As before, the presenter continues talking despite the protestor’s shouting. Seems they were prepped for the potential of this happening.
“You all are involved with a company that is building robots that will kill people!”
Now we’re on to talking about Google’s Cloud platform, starting with a recap of what it is.
Whoops, Internet cut out for a second there. We just watched a video about a team of students who built an app to help a blind friend navigate their school
“We’re going to switch gears now, and talk about how you as developers can succeed on our platforms”
Google is launching a “Google Drive For Work” service, which will encrypt all data both on-server and in transit. Unlimited document storage for $10 per user per month
Google Drive now has over 190M active users in the past 30 days alone.
Google Docs will no longer force Word documents to be converted to the Google Doc format; Google Docs can also now properly save something as a Word document.
With Android L, they want to help those who have “separate lives” at home and work. With that in mind, applications will be able to separate data into personal/professional silos
He brings up an instance of Vine, running on the phone and mirrored onto the Chromebook.
“Lets switch over to the Chromebook. That *very same* instance of the app is instantly available. Tap the icon, and [evernote from the tablet] is now on screen.
“We’re very early days — this is just a preview today. What you see here, on this tablet, is evernote.”
“Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get your favorite Android Apps to run on your Chromebook? We’ve been thinking about this problem for a while.“
This same feature will come to Chromebooks — when it detects you’re nearby (by phone, or by smartwatch), it’ll automatically unlock your Chromebook.
“Dave talked earlier about how you can unlock your phone when it knows it’s with you [by detecting a nearby smartwatch].”
In the last year, the number of Chromebooks sold to school has grown by 6x
“All 10 of the top 10 highest rated laptops on Amazon right now are Chromebooks.”
“Another important device in your life is your laptop. We started here with Chromebooks”
He covers the history of the Chromebook so far.
Sundar has returned to the stage.
He pops into settings and enables “Mirror this device”. Sure enough, everything happening on the device is mirrored onto the TV (and the big projection screen behind the stage). He opens Google Earth, and navigates around the globe. He switches into the camera mode, and aims it at the audience — as you’d expect, the audience gets silly.
They’ve built their own framework for this, to cut down latency as much as possible.
Google will launch a new feature that allows any Android device to be mirrored, wirelessly, onto a TV.
Like one of the pictures that pops up? Asking your phone “What’s on my Chromecast?” will bring up details about the image currently on screen.
Google is also adding a bunch of toggleable photo sources, for things like art, “places” (interesting photos from Google Earth), and life style.
You’ll be able to customize the backdrop of your Chromecast from the iOS/Android Chromecast app, selecting your own photos to be used as the Chromecast’s wallpaper.
“People watch TV for 5 hours a day. But what about the 19 hours where your TV is doing nothing? We want to make use of that big, beautiful canvas”
“So how do we do that? We’re using a variety of technologies to confirm that you’re in the same room as the Chromecast. If for some reason we can’t automatically detect that, you can enter an on-screen PIN”
You’ll soon be able to send content to someone’s Chromecast without them even being on the same WiFi network.
Google will launch a section of the app store dedicated to highlighting Chromecast-enabled apps
He’s overviewing the apps that have become Chromecast compatible so far — the Netflix’s, the Hulus, etc.
“YouTube sees more activate engagement on Chromecast than on any other type of device”
“We’re blown away by its performance so far. We’re outselling every other streaming device.. combined.”
Next up: Chromecast!
“To bootstrap the system, we’re working on a developer unit called ADT1. More details on that soon.”
“Android TV is perfect for multiple devices — everything from Set top boxes, to dedicated devices, to the TVs themselves.”
Android TV operates as a Chromecast automatically.
He switches to playing a game on a tablet. One player is using a dedicated controller, the other a tablet, both looking at the screen. The game is mirrored onto both the tablet and the TV.
He starts playing “Leo’s Fortune” on the screen. Curiously, he’s using a dedicated controller for input — not an Android Phone
“Next, lets talk about games. People who don’t consider themselves gamers frequently download and play games on their phones and tablets. With Android TV, we’re letting you bring those games to the biggest screen in your house”
Ooh, neat! You can also use an Android Wear watch as a remote, if your phone isn’t handy.
Alternatively, you can ask it for things like “Oscar nominated movies from 2002”, or questions like “Who played Katniss in the Hunger Games?”
Your phone acts as a voice-enabled remote. He holds up his device and says “Breaking Bad”. The on-screen content is paused, replaced by a screen full of information about Breaking Bad
Android will act as the core OS of the TV, controlled by your smartphone as the remote. They’ve had to modify Android to handle input from things like HDMI
“This isn’t a whole new platform. That’s the point. We’re simply giving TVs the same level of attention as phones and tablets.”
“Today, we’re announcing Android TV“
Next up, TVs!
40 partners have joined the Open Automotive Alliance, with over 25 car brands committing to rolling out Android Auto-enabled cars. The first Android Auto cars are expected to roll off the lot by the end of this year.
With audio, they’re focusing on getting a ton of streaming services (Spotify, Pandora, Songza, Tunein, etc) on board.
Google’s first two focuses with the Android Auto SDK: audio, and messaging.
“Today, we’re announcing the Android Auto SDK”
“What about apps? Wouldn’t it be great if building an app for your car was just like building an app for your phone or tablet?
Incoming messages show up as heads up notifications (that is, they don’t take over the screen), and are automatically read aloud. By tapping a voice button on the steering wheel, he can instantly reply.
“In Android Auto, drivers have access to all of their favorite features: locations, live traffic, turn by turn navigation, and more. And Android Auto maps is even more powerful, because it’s completely voice enabled.”
The driver taps a button. “What time does the de Young museum close?” he asks. “9 pm”, Google responds. “Navigate there!” says the driver — and away he goes.
“Of course, Android Auto needs great maps and navigation. So lets see Google Maps”
On the car’s dash, Google Now-style cards show him how long it’ll take to get to work, upcoming weather alerts, etc.
They’re walking through a demo of Android Auto. He steps into a car, and the phone begins casting to the car’s screen.
“Android Auto is contextually aware, to give you the information you need, right when you want it. More important, because Android Auto can be completely voice driven, it allows you to keep your eyes on the road”
“We’ve redesigned the Android platform for automobiles. We looked at what people do in their cars today, and these things stood out:
“Today, we’re happy to announce Android Auto“
“The average commuter in the US spends over 1 hour in their car each day. In many ways, they keep us connected to the world around us – but they disconnect us from our digital lives. To bridge this divide, people unsafely try to use their devices while driving. There has to be a better way”
“Android wear is amazing. Wouldn’t it be great if ALL of your devices were this connected?”
Next up: Android in the car! Patrick Brady, Director of Engineering on the Android team, has taken the stage.
Moto’s round watch will be available “later this summer” [crowd sighs]
“Samsung will be joining the Android Wear family”, with a watch called “Samsung Gear Live”. It’ll also go up for pre-order today.
The LG Android Wear watch will be available for pre-order later today
“Lyft has implemented our call-a-car intent. You just walk outside and say ‘Ok Google, call me a car. The watch knows where you are, calls the car, lets you know when the car is approaching, and lets you rate your driver as soon as you step out of the car”
He walks through an example of using the watch to keep track of a recipe in progress.
“And in case you’re wondering if it’s safe to wear these watches in the kitchen: All the devices we’re talking about so far? Water resistant.”
The watch recognizes that he usually orders a pizza each afternoon. His watch vibrates with an alert from EAT24. A few taps later, his pizza is ordered.
He’s demonstrating Android wear running on Motorola’s round-faced watch. It’s shockingly pretty — I thought it was an actual analog watch at first, until things started whizzing around.
Google will make a full Android Wear SDK available, allowing you to build custom UI, control sensors, tie into voice actions, and send data back and forth to a phone/tablet
He’s now walking through how Pinterest ties into Android Wear. If he walks by a restaurant that one of his friends has pinned, for example, Pinterest can pop up an alert to let him know.
When the watch detects that the wearer has been running, it can automatically display their heart rate.
We’re moving into how Google Now can provide context sensitive information on the watch face. Google detects that the wearer has a trip tomorrow, and automatically presents cards that display his flight status, boarding pass, and whether or not he needs to pack an umbrella.
Swiping down on the clock face puts your phone in “Do Not Disturb” mode, silencing it instantly
When a call comes in, he can swipe right to accept it, or swipe up to a list of automatic responses, like “Can’t talk right now!”
the note taking demo fails. they try again.. and it fails again. Whoops! Moving on.
“While Jeff is making his lunch, he notices he can’t reach the bottom of the peanut butter jar. He comes up with a brilliant idea.
“Ok Google, take a note: double sided peanut butter jar”
“A little later on, his watch vibrates with a chat message from the team. He can see who it’s from, and what they’re saying, without having to fumble with his phone. He swipes it away, and it’s dismissed from his phone, as well”
“Imagine that Jeff has just woken up in the morning. He swipes up, and his weather is there. He swipes up a bit more, and a package alert is waiting.”
“Okay Google,” jeff says. “Remind me to check my mailbox when I get home.”
“Back at the watch face, pressing and holding the clock lets you select one that suits your taste”
Swiping up and down reveals more cards
It shows a clock at first, with a small card at the bottom showing information for an upcoming flight.
He rolls into a demo on LG’s android wear watch.
“You’ll note that it has an always-on display.”
“People check their phones an average of 125 times a day. That’s why we’ve built Android Wear to show you just the information you need to see.”
“Android Wear supports both round and square displays, because we think there will be a wide array of fashionable choices”
“There’s a huge opportunity to bring user experiences to [wearables]. That’s why we’re building Android Wear. Android Wear makes it easier for developers to reach users on these devices, using the exact same tools they’re already using.”
“A few months ago, we launched Android Wear. The reception has been incredible. For a further update, I’d like to invite David Singleton onto the stage”
With L, Google is focusing on laying down the foundations to expand Android beyond phones and tablets – for things like watches, cars, or anything else. They’re doing this by focusing on contextual awareness, voice recognition, seamless integration between devices, and a “Mobile first” experience that assumes you’ve always got your phone on you.
Sundar moves on to talk about how Google/Android are fighting malware. “Given the popularity of Android, there’s a whole industry trying to build malware. Moving forward, any and all patches related to security will be pushed through Google Play Services”
Sundar: “If you look at what other platforms are getting now, many of these things came to Android 4, maybe 5 years ago. [crowd cheers].”
Sundar comes back on stage, as a few unmentioned features of Android L show on screen behind him: burst-mode camera APIs, improved AV sync, improved battery stat data, bluetooth 4.1, etc.
Android L will ship to developers beginning today
“Android now has a toggleable battery saver mode, which might help you through a long day at work, or maybe a long protest [crowd laughs]”
The presenter keeps talking about APIs as security rushes to nix the protest
A protestor has gone to the front of the stage, shouting to the audience to “Stop supporting Jack Halprin”
They cut to an ultra intense clip, rendered in real time, of two alien marines stomping their way into a building. They march over to a machine…flip the switch… and it’s a 2D flappy bird clone. They start playing as the clip fades.
Google has been working with GPU providers to build something called the “Android extension pack” which introduces complicated graphics features like tessellation, geometry shadows, computer shaders, and ASTC texture compression.
tl;dr: prettier graphics!
Next up: Graphics performance improvements
– Android L runs exclusively on Google’s ART runtime. That means faster apps and better performance, without (most) developers having to do anything to their apps.
Next up, we’re hearing about performance on Android
Last but not least on the “Mobile Web Experience” change train: app indexing. For a while, select apps (like OpenTable) have been able to “deep link” their google search results to launch users right into an app, rather than their site.
Today, that feature is being opened up for everyone
Curious! Each of your active Chrome tabs shows up individually in the app switcher
Next up: “Redesign Recents”. The app-switcher has been restylized. It now looks like a big, 3D rolodex of sorts.
Up next, they’re talking about changes to the mobile web experience on Android. First up — they’re pushing their new Material design concept to the web.
He shows off a new authentication method, while wearing a mystery smart watch of some sort. When he has the watch on his wrist, unlocking his phone is instant. He takes the watch off, moves it a few feet away, and tries again. This time, it asks for an unlock code.
They’ve also introduced a new type of notification called “Heads up notifications”, which will pop into full view at the top of your screen without taking priority over whatever you’re doing.
Tapping a lockscreen notification highlights it. Double tapping it launches the corresponding app. Swiping it away dismisses it.
“With L, you’ll be able to read, remove, and reply to notifications right from the lockscreen”
Next up on the topic of Android L: Enhanced Notifications
Android’s new look is called “Material”. Material supports all sorts of new animation capabilities, has built-in realtime UI shadows, and “hero” elements that can be passed from screen-to-screen
Dave Burke, director of engineering, is coming up to show off some of the new features in Android L. They’re consistently just referring to this as “Android L” — are they ditching the cutesy candy nickname?
“We’ve also created one unified set of design guidelines for every screen. We’ll release the first draft today. You can see it at google.com/design”
There’s a side-by-side of old Gmail vs New.
He walks us through how they’ve changed Gmail for the new design theory: wider margins, bolder fonts, and dramatic colors are key.
This is a pretty big design-language shift for Android. It’s focused largely on prettying up Android. The colors are bold, and dramatic. Every component has its own set of highly-polished animations
He jumps into an animation showing Android’s new look. The colors are flat — but the menus are deeply layered, one atop the other. “The human mind is deeply wired to understand the relationship between objects. Every small change to position and shadow is perceived. “
“We imagined… what if pixels didn’t just have color, but also depth? What if there was a material that could change its texture? This lead us to something we call ‘material design'”
“We’ve crafted one design to cover mobile, tablets, desktop… and beyond”
Matias Duarte takes the stage to break down what’s coming
Android L will have “over 5000 new APIs”, and focus on form factors “beyond mobile”
Next up: “For the first time, we’re giving developers a preview of the next [version of Android].”
The goal here is to get “high quality smartphones” to scale, to get “the next billion” people online.
He shows an example of a work-in-progress AndroidOne phone, sharing a few specs: it’ll have Dual Sim support, SD Card, a 4.5″ Screen, and FM Radio for under $100
Android One devices will run Stock Android, and will automatically update the same way the Nexus/Google Play devices do.
“We want to pool resources, and help everyone. We’re now working on a set of hardware reference points, for affordable, but powerful Android phones.”
“Less than 10% of the population has access to a smartphone. We want to change that. So we’ve been working on an initiative called Android One“
“This year alone, app installs are up 236% year-over-year.”
Sundar: in 2012, we had 39% of tablet market share. Last year, that was 46%. This year, ti’s 62%. That’s not counting Android-based things like Kindle — if you add that, we go up a few more percentage points.
“People take 93M selfies each day. My team tells me 31M of these are duck face selfies.”
He covers recent global smartphone shipments. Google focuses on 30 day active users. In 2011, that was 77m. by 2012, it was 223 million. Last year, 538m.
They’ve now passed 1 billion 30 day active users.
“We’re going to talk about the mobile momentum we see, how the platform will evolve, and how developers can achieve success on the platform”
“Today, we’re going to give you an update on the moment we’re seeing in mobile.”
He touches on some of the demographics; “At I/O this year, female attendance is up to 20% — that’s up from just 8% last year.”
“Thank you for joining us! I/O is a global event. Over 1 million people are watching the live stream right now.”
He jumps to live views of people watching the live stream at viewing parties around the world
The animation starts. Sundar Pichai is taking the stage first
The show has begun. We’re just watching an animation of a bunch of things running in Chrome. 3D games; photo apps; etc. Flappy Bird appears, the crowd goes nuts.
A bowling ball bumps a trebuchet, which flings an object across the room. The “machine” goes digital, with the animation resuming on a projector behind the stage
Lights dimming! It’s show time! The train horn blares, and the rube goldberg machine activates.
Note the guy plugging his ears in preparation of the deafening train horn at the four minute mark
Ah, the rube goldberg/terrifying train horn/not-breakfast machine is counting down! To what? It looks like there’s about 5 minutes left on the timer, so it’s presumably counting down to the start of the show.
5 more minutes! Assuming they start on time, that is. Given how many people are still standing and filing into the room, that might not happen.
For the folks asking on Twitter: we’ve still got no idea what that big metal train-horn-of-death thing is. It looks like a Rube Goldberg machine of sorts. Maybe it’s the incredible Breakfast Machine. Maybe I just want breakfast.
That big metal thing in the back there is what made the deafening train horn sound. We’re still not quite sure what it is.
Probably a space station.
Someone just set off a train horn or something. No one has any idea why.
We’re in! We’re seated (in surprisingly awesome seats, no elbow-throwing required), online, and ready to roll. The keynote starts in 20! Tell your friends.
They tell us they’re about to open the doors, at which point everyone sprints like its for the release of a new cabbage patch/beanie baby/tickle me Elmo hybrid toy.
Brb, doing stretches.
We’ve been shuffled into another line. If you like lines, my friend, you are missing out!
One more hour to go! The keynote is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. PDT.
The best thing about the press room is listening to people argue passionately about what may or may not be announced literally one hour from now.
Alriiight! We’re in. We’ve still got roughly an hour and a half before the keynote begins, but Google asked the press to get here at roughly bananas o’clock… so here we are!
Mic check. Miiiiic…. cheeeeck.
Looks like all systems are go — but you’re here a bit early! Tune back in at (or better yet, before!) 9 A.M Pacific for that live blog goodness.