Google I/O 2014 started with the announcement of Android One Experience Program. The smartphone program strives to provide a unified feature set tailored-made for the market the phone is launching in.
The first smartphone to be part of the Android One comes from Micromax, one of the most popular smartphone brands in India. Its Android One smartphone packs features that are most important for users there. Those are FM Radio, Dual SIM support, microSD card and a low price.
The Micromax smartphone from Android One will cost under $100, which is cheaper than the Motorola Moto E. The new smartphone also packs a 4.5" display, but Sundar Pichai didn't specify neither its resolution, nor further specifications.
The Android One program guarantees that the phones that come out of it will run on the most recent Android release, as Google will push latest updates to those phones similar to the way it handles the GPE devices.
Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O 2014 is starting in just under an hour and we have the livestream of the keynote speech waiting for you Here. Watch and Enjoy!
Finally, some confirmations. It's now officially confirmed that Google will announce a New Version of the Android OS featuring a nickname that starts with the letter "L", tomorrow at the Google I/O 2014 event.
Senior Vice President of Google, Sundar Pichai, has indicated that he will preview the newest Android OS (v4.5/v5.0) during Google's keynote tomorrow. This is a fresh move for the Mountain View company. The next major Android updated isn't expected to drop until later in the year, and this is the first time that Google has previewed its operating system so early on. Stay tuned for our full coverage tomorrow!
Google I/O 2014 is only 3 days away from us (25,Jun). What to Expect from this major event ? What Google is cooking for us ? Here's what to expect:
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Google's I/O 2014 starts on Jun,25th which is nearly 9 months after Google presented the Android 4.4 KitKat to the world. With no big Android events that we know of, this seems like a perfect occasion for the next major version of the world's most popular operating system to get unwrapped. We've been hearing rumors about Android 5.0 Lollipop for quite a while now, but will Google really announce it ?
Android New UI "Quantum Paper"
The biggest upcoming change in the next Android version seems to be in its looks. Android Police uncovered plans for an all-encompassing (web, desktop and mobile) redesign of Google products to a new language referred to as "Quantum Paper". A flat interface with dominant whites and contrasty visuals, we've seen it leak for future revisions of apps like Calendar and Gmail, but it's only logical to assume that it will affect all native Android apps.
These new "Quantum Paper" visuals are linked to the upcoming Android "L" release, but expectations are for a gradual launch, with the new visual style appearing in updated apps one by one, rather than in one sweep.
First Android Wear Smartwatches
While all the planned changes to Android are massive, nothing excites more than new hardware, real devices that you can touch and play around with. Luckily, multiple source indicate that there will be some freebies for all Google I/O attendants in the form of the first Android Wear smartwatch the LG G Watch.
Google's idea of the smartwatch is not of an independent device, but rather as a companion to your smartphone that can listen to your voice, and display quick and relevant information in one glance. It will also have an always-on display, so you would not need to worry about turning it on just to glance the time.
HTC Nexus 8
Google is expected to unveil a Nexus tablet made by HTC, the HTC Nexus 8, codenamed "Volantis" is a slate sized at 8.9-inches, with resolution of 2048 x 1440. That works out to a pixel density of 281ppi. A 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 CPU is under the hood, with 2GB RAM inside. Native storage options are 16GB and 32GB. The camera on back is 8MP with OIS, while the slate features a 3MP camera up front.
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Google Project Tango is a project that works with specialized devices running Android to track 3D objects and spaces in real-time and generates a vital map of it, which can be used for various purposes. There was just one device (Smartphone) that Google used internally for testing "Tango". But now, the company has released a new tablet for developers to buy and work on the project.
It's called the Project Tango Tablet Development Kit, this is the second device since the Xiaomi MiPad to run on NVIDIA's powerful new Tegra K1 SoC. It also packs a 7-inch display 1080p, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage space, motion tracking camera, integrated depth sensor and 4G LTE connectivity.
Considering the hardware, it's not surprising that the tablet is priced at $1024 and you'll have to sign up from Google's website to be able to get your hands on one.