Google I/O developer conference Google took the wraps off several new projects, devices and services the company has plans to release this year. Some we already knew about like Android Wear, while yet others were the objects of pure speculation.
Here is a break down of a few of the major new updates from Google:
Android L:Due to be released this fall Android L is the newest version of the Android operating system which features numerous new OS improvements. The Android L release will be what Google is calling "the biggest release ever for Android" which includes hundreds of enhancements and new features. Google will – as rumored – enable ART as the default runtime replacing the aging Dalvik. Thanks to ART, which supports features like Ahead of Time compiling, Just in Time compiling, and interpreted code, Google can offer a performance jump of 2x compared to Dalvik.
Other improvements include 64-bit chip support, though not just ARM-based processors that are found in a lot of mobile device today -- it also supports 64-bit x86-64 parts from Intel and AMD, along with the MIPS64 architecture from MIPS. In terms of graphics performance, L will support features like tessellation, geometry shaders and computer shaders, as part of the so called Android Extension Pack. Finally, battery life will be improved as well in the L release, thanks to features like a new battery saving mode, scheduling of maintenance tasks, and coalescing of CPU tasks.
Android TV:Building on the success of the Chromecast, Android TV will bring all that you love about the Android experience like your favorite apps and games right to your living room. In short Android TV builds in Google’s search services directly into your TV-watching experience, through a set-top box or as part of your TV. You can use voice search to find a live TV show, a good flick from Google Play, or a music video on YouTube. Plus, because it’s Android, you’ll be able to play your favorite Android games, reimagined for TV and with a gamepad.
Android TV has access to the popular streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, and Spotify, and many more. There’s a specific Android TV store set to arrive with the launch of Android L, which contains apps, steaming services and games that are specifically optimized for Google’s TV service. Android TV will be coming to a variety of form factors, including TVs, set-top boxes, and streaming boxes. Sony, Sharp, TPVision, Asus and Rasr are all currently developing products with more manufactures reportedly doing the same.
Android Auto:Delivering a Google Now type experience for the car, Android Auto will make it easier and safer to use Google's connected services while driving down the road. When Android Auto connects to your car's display, it will automatically show information relevant to your driving habits based on the information that Google and Google Now already knows about you.
You'll have access to Google Voice search for things like Maps and Navigation, music and phone commands such as replying to incoming text and email messages using Google's voice input and text-to-speech systems. The familiar commands should be recognizable from Google Now on the phone. Google stated that it has 40 automakers and suppliers partnered up as part of the Open Automotive Alliance and standing behind Android Auto.
Android Wear:We first learned about Android Wear back in March when Google officially the new OS platform that is the company’s vision for the future platform for smartwatches and other wearable devices. Android Wear extends on the mobile Android OS platlform, and its ecosystem of apps, bringing those features to the “wearable market”.
You get the information you need, quickly at a glance—just like you’re used to doing with your watch. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions or to get stuff done. Get alerted when it's time to leave for dinner. Call a cab to take you there. See the traffic on the way. Text a friend once you're seated. It’s all right there, on your wrist, easy to see, right when you want it. Two new Android Wear devices are available today with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, going up for order on Google Play, and the Moto 360 from Motorola will be available in the coming months.
Google Fit:Recently previewed, details around Google Fit are still a bit vague. Google didn't go into much detail about the new project however it did announce a new set of APIs which are meant to help Google users keep track of fitness goals with wearables, sensors, and data-logging apps by letting those apps and devices share information with each other. Google named a number of partners including LG, RunKeeper, RunTastic, Adidas, Basis, Nike, and Motorola. Google specifically mentioned wearables, but the only device named for integration during the presentation was Nike's Fuel system.
Android One:Targeting the budget minded and developing markets, Android One is Google's attempt at pushing into markets where smartphone ownership isn't as prevalent as it is in more developed markets. This means budget smartphones with stock Android and great specs. The sample device shown at I/O was manufactured by Micromax and comes equipped with a 4.5-inch display, dual-SIM support, SD card support, and an FM radio. This device will run stock Android, will have automatic updates (just like the Nexus line), and will cost less than $100.
Since the company is targeting the developing world, Google is initially teaming up with Indian smartphone makers like Karbonn and Spice.
Source: Google Official Blog