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Google I/O 2014 Conference

You can re-watch the Google I/O 2014 Keynote here.

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People streamed in from all over the world with a total of 597 locations: 85 countries and 6 continents. Over 1 million people watched the live broadcast of the Google I/O 2014. This year Google focused on their Mobile Momentum, Platform Evolution, and Developer Success.

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Over 300 million global smart phones are shipped each quarter, and as of this year, Android has reached 1 billion 30-day active users. Besides smartphones, 60% of the tablet market goes to Android (exclusing the Kindle) with a 236% increase in app installations. Google’s goal is to reach 5 billion users around the world!

Fun Facts

20 billion text messages are sent each day, 93 million selfies are taken a day (33 million are duck faces), and 1.5 trillion steps are made and this is checked over 100 billion times each day.

Mobile Momentum

Android One

The purpose of this project is to pull resources and help developing countries to build next generation high quality and affordable smartphones with a set of hardware reference platforms.The software on Android One is the same software running on Stock Android (Nexus and Google Play edition phones). Google will provide full control-over where users will be able to upload relevant and useful applications while Google provides full automatic updates. Google is working with many partners around the world to launch their first version of an affordable global phone. Their first launch will begin in India with partners Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice. The phone is high-tech with great features for less than $100 and affordable connectivity packages.

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Platform Evolution

Android & Chrome

Today Google released an open SDK for Android and allowed the world to preview the new L release, the most comprehensive release yet with over 5,000 new API’s.

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L’s Material Design

The design is not just for Android phones and tablets, but for all interfaces. L technology can expand, reshape, and reform intelligently. Material has physical surfaces and edges where designers and developers will be able to colorize and personalize all frameworks with a new features, Palette and Roboto, and specify elevations levels to produce a unique branding and realtime edges with time shadows to enhance the user experience. It is unique and bold with clean typographic layouts for an easy-to-understand experience. The UI building blocks also include rich animated-touch feedback. “No details is too small to bring a smile to your face.” L Preview will be available through Polymer. You can check google.com/design for step-by-step guidelines for every type of interface and screen.

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Notification

The new L platform presents its notifications similar to the iPhone with them available on the main screen. Users can easily swipe to dismiss or double tap to active the specific application. Of course the new notification window features animation-touch and a bright new design to make the experience worthwhile.

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Authentication

L also introduced many new features such as Personal Unlock where your device determines if the phone is in a safe environment or in the hands of the rightful owner by a number of clever tricks. If the phone doesn’t believe it is with the rightful owner, it will challenge the user with a pin or pattern lock.

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Chrome

Mobile Web Experience

With 300 million new web users of Chrome. Google plans to revolutionize the way users and developers use Chrome by enabling Material Design on the web, redesigning recents to help with multitasking, and extending app indexing capabilities for better speed and performance.

User Experience & Performance

With the new user experiences in L such as the new keyboard, UI, Do Not Disturb mode, quick settings, and much more, Google hopes to bring a better performance to its users by introducing better runtime, graphics, and battery life as well. The new update, taken from the feedback of Kitkat’s ART, supports a mix of AOT, JIT, and interpreted, and as well as easy transition between cross platforms such as ARM, x86, and MIPS. And the best part, everyone’s app codes gets the performance improvement with no changes having to be made for free. L supports 64-bit and video game graphics with Android Extension Pack and improved battery life with Project Volta.

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Google has created innovated software to enhance the user experience and bring fourth a new generation of technology. The introduced software will shape future products and enhance user experience and the workforce with improved design, graphics, and security. But now let’s take a look of what gadgets will be delivering these new platforms.

The Gadgets Unveiled

Android Wear

With Android Wear you’ll be able to do most of the simple everyday tasks you do on your mobile straight from your wrist such as: answer/reject a call, send a text, order a pizza with the Eat24 app, or follow a simple recipe from Allreceipes app. Google showcased most of the features and announced the Android Wear SDK, Software Developers Kit, for download later today. Google also announced it’s new partner to the Android Wear project with Samsung and their Gear Live watch. The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live will be available for preorder later this year, and the Moto 360 available for purchase this summer. All watches are also water resistant so you don’t have to worry about using your watch in the kitchen or wherever you may be.

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Android Auto

Google announced the new technology for Android mobile and Android Wear will now be available and catered to automobiles as Android Auto. This makes it easier to use the apps we love where it’s simple and convenient. You’ll also be able to control the system from the screen itself or from your steering wheel so you can keep our hands on the wheel as we drive. Google has garnered up to 50 automobile partners to join the Open Automative Alliance with new cars rolling off the lot with this new Android software later this year.

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Android TV

The same Android software is available on Android TV and 15 other major brands and boxes. The system is catered to television so it’s easy to browse and find exactly what you’re looking for with the click of a button from either your mobile, remote control, or game controller. The system also recognizes voice control with a simple command such as “Breaking Bad” can get you started watching your favorite shows in a matter of minutes. With access to the Google Play store, you’ll also be able to play games with your friends straight from your mobile onto your TV.

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Developer Success

Moving away from the platform functions, Google showcased the importance of developers, whether they be corporate startups or students with an ambition to change the world, who have created an amazing experience with Google platforms. The spotlight is given to JackThreads, duolingo,

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Chromecast, Google Cloud, & Google Play

Google has improved the features of Chromecast, Google Cloud, and Google Play by revolutionizing the design, increasing the amount of space and number of applications to build a better user-base and ensure optimal experience for its faithful and widespread users.

Google I/O 2014

So you’ve seen all the latest software and platform updates and new gadgets Google unveiled here today. What are you thoughts on this new technology? Do you think this will have a huge impact on the way we live? Why or why not? Let me know what you have to say about the Google I/O 2014 conference in the comments below! And be sure to follow the discussion on other topics here.

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Paul is an incoming fourth-year at the University of California, San Diego pursuing a degree in Linguistics and International Studies: Economics. Though he hopes to pursue a career in foreign affairs and language study, he is still interested in learning how investment in stocks works and how it runs an economy's market.

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