C 28 to May 29 in San Francisco, held regular conference Google I / O, which is held annually to Google developers. The most important announcements, according to tradition, will be made on the first day – the opening ceremony, which this year took as much as two and a half hours. Will deliver opening remarks, senior vice president Sundar Pichai, the main operating system Android, Chrome browser and the “cloud” package Google App.
Conference Google I / O is performed in two-three days since 2008 . Venue – Exhibition Complex “Moscone Center” in San Francisco. It discusses the technical features creating applications for Android, the new browser features and platforms Chrome, best practice working with Google API, WebToolkit and App Engine, code optimization questions, the rules of design services for Internet search engine, open web technologies and more.
The nuances of development engineers and experts explain Company in numerous sessions and workshops. At the same time, Google I / O – a platform for major announcements of new products, services and applications. For example, in 2012, the event made its debut 7-inch tablet Nexus 7, and “smart” glasses, in 2013 – and the messenger Hangouts Galaxy S4 model with “the drain” Android, in the past – three variations of the “axis” (Wear for worn devices , Auto for cars and TV for TV) and fitness platform Google Fit. What to expect from the new search engine this year – read the forecast Vestey.Hi-tech.
Android 6.0 M
The first data about the upcoming announcement of “Android M” leaked out of the mouth of the company. Earlier this month, the company laid out a detailed schedule sessions Google I / O, but quickly remove it. In summary it was said that “Android M brings the power of Android in all kinds of jobs. This opens up huge new markets for hundreds of millions of devices to employees of small businesses without an office desk, specialists in logistics and warehouse workers.” It can be concluded that in the 6th version of Android will function as something related to the corporate sector.
However, the fact that the name of the upcoming Android will begin with the letter M, was not a secret. It has long been known that Google has traditionally denotes new releases in honor of a dessert in alphabetical order. Last year, for example, the conference was a version of Android L. Later, she was awarded full name – Lollipop (“Candy”) and the serial number of 5.0. It is highly probable that the same fate awaits version 6.0. Android M can be baptized in homage to chocolate candy M & amp; M, marzipan (Marzipan) or muffin (Muffin), and let the end of summer or in the second half of the year.
Lollipop, привнесшая new design language Material Design , already it was a major release, so the appearance of some unique features in Android 6.0 is not expected. Perhaps, Google wants to polish existing features and settings. For example, one of the weaknesses in the Android is concern about the safety of personal data. As expected, the 6th version of “OSes” users will be given greater control over which of your installed applications have access to location determination, address book, photos and other information.
Now, before you install a new program , Android notifies the person access to some functions of the device it is requesting. If it is not satisfied, he can only cancel the installation completely. The Android M will be made giving up approach “all or nothing”: the user can limit the ability of individual applications, selectively granting them certain rights (access to the network, access to storage, camera, and GPS-signals, sending SMS etc. ).
Google Glass 2.0
The conference could see the light of the same “second version” Google Glass, mentioned by CEO company Luxottica (the largest manufacturer of glasses) Massimo Vian in April. Recall that in January, Google stopped selling “ispytatelskoy” model of gadget (Explorer Edition), which can be purchased for $ 1500, and announced the closure of the test program Explorer, launched in 2013.
However, In March Google said it is not going to refuse the release of smart glasses, so to talk about their “death” is premature. According to the chairman of the board of Eric Schmidt, project management was transferred to Tony Fadell (former Apple engineer and the founder of the manufacturer of “smart” thermostats Nest, later bought by Google), “so that he made them ready for the user”.
” In rethinking Google, as a third version ['smart glasses'] can be interpreted, – said the head of Luxottica few weeks ago – What you saw was the first version. We are working on the second version, which is under preparation. ” According to Viana, the new gadget will be released “soon”. Smart glasses recall also debuted at Google I / O in 2012, so it seems a good place conference announcement Glass 2nd generation.
Talk about what Google is preparing to release Nearby (“close”) – a competitor iBeacon (indoor positioning system for i-devices up to half a meter c) – are still in the summer of 2014. The meaning of this function is to ensure that the Android-smartphone will be able to “talk” to other gadgets that are in close proximity.
It seems that the search engine is finally ready to implement their own vision technology “mikrolokatsy” into reality. Google Nearby able to find out what’s going on and to take certain actions. And the interaction with devices located nearby, will take place without human intervention.
For example, the store will be able to notify Google Nearby human discounts and promotions if he comes to the advertising stand. Also, the system can show reminders that will operate in close proximity to any persons (“pass things to the cleaners”), or when meeting with familiar people (“Do not forget to return Andrei $ 100″). In addition, Google Nearby able to automatically unlock the computer, if it determines that appeared next to its owner, or open the garage door, if the “feel” Android-smartphone owner nearby.
If Google Nearby activated from time to time it will record the history of the location, include a microphone, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, module GPS, as well as other sensors and sensors. It is necessary for the device to the neighborhood knew about finding the next user, and could with him “talk”. According to the schedule, dedicated to Google Nearby session will hold a leading Google engineer Andrew Byunner and Product Manager Akshay Kannan.
As follows from the schedule Google I / O, one of the many sessions will be devoted to Voice Access – possibly new component Android M, which will provide access to third-party applications using voice commands. This function, presumably, will allow any Android-program with voice module to understand human orders, leaving his hands free.
Voice Access will be especially useful in cars, especially since Android Auto – a kind of “OSes” for cars at the disposal of the Internet search engine is already there. This platform, which was announced at the Google I / O last year, has an interface in the style of “cards” Google Now and understands voice commands. Without lifting your hands from the steering wheel, drivers can make calls, answer messages, get directions on the map, to monitor the traffic situation (traffic jams and accidents), and search the Internet. Voice Access Android Auto add new features, because the user will be able to apply to any application on your phone.
Google is unlikely to miss the opportunity to talk about Project Ara – an ambitious initiative to produce “smart-designers”, consisting of a plug-in modules. Connect the power, users can configure the device on your own. Earlier this year, the company announced its intention to launch in Puerto Rico “ispytatelskoy” program for the dissemination of test samples of modular phones.
Customers will be able to customize the gadgets with the help of applications Ara Marketplace and Ara Configurator, and purchase modules to mobile stores – vans, similar to a food truck. By the time of the launch will be available 20-30 replaceable units. It is possible that the official start of the pilot project will be given at the Google I / O.
Sales of the final product may begin as early as August. About this site Pocket-lint reported Yezz company representatives at the exhibition Mobile World Congress, Google partner for the production of plug-in modules.
“live” image from the satellite
At Google I / O will affect search engine for certain topic imaging satellite in the air. This is indicated by session “Earth in real time,” which is likely to be devoted to introducing technology Skybox Imaging. This company provides its clients with images of the surface of the Earth high-resolution microsatellites made, Google bought last summer for half a billion dollars.
Commenting on the deal, Google justifies the need for the desire to support the acquisition of Skybox satellite images to online maps when Google Earth as much as date. It is possible that now the search engine wants to provide access to high-quality images of the Earth for developers to use them are their applications.
Games for Chromecast
The search engine will not bypass the attention and Chromecast – a highly successful set-top box, which appeared in 2013. The device allows you to broadcast on a big screen video, music, photos and other content from various devices – smartphone, tablet (iOS / Android) or laptop. The device connects to the TV via HDMI, and connects to the network Wi-Fi.
Google identified several sessions for Chromecast. One of them will talk about “the adaptation of existing design models games to multiscreen interactive format” (in other words, the developers explain how best to optimize the game for Android-TV). Another will be dedicated to “mobile devices with Android and iOS as a game controller for the purpose of discovering new patterns of interaction with Chromecast and other Cast-devaysa”.
Sources: TechTimes, Pocket-lint, Firstpost, 9to5google