Friday saw the close of this year’s Google I/O developer conference which was attended by over 6,000 developers at Moscone Center in San Francisco, 460 I/O Extended sites in 90 countries, and millions of people around the world who tuned in via thelivestream.
While not much was said about the much anticipated Google Glass as many expected, Google still managed to get people’s attention with its’ set of tools and services.
The focus this year mainly lay with Google’s two open platforms: Android the world’s leading mobile platform and Chrome a popular browser, both of which enable developers to innovate and reach as many people as possible with their apps and services across multiple devices.
Here’s a quick look at some of the announcements we made at I/O:
Android Studio – the free platform is based on IntelliJ IDEA, which supports features such as smart editing, advanced code refactoring, and deep static code analysis. The platform offers developers smoother and richer GUI, and easy access to Google services within Android Tools.
Google Play Services 3.1 This new version brings you Google Play games services which lets developers make their games more social, with achievements, leaderboards, and multiplayer, and they help them extend their user’s games across multiple devices by storing game saves and settings in the cloud, part of a new cloud-integrated platform for social gaming based on Google+ identity. The new version also includes location-based services that make it easier to build efficient location-aware apps, Google Cloud Messaging platform, and Cross-Platform Single Sign On for accessing apps on multiple platforms.
Google Play Developer Console – The updated version of Google Play help developers optimize their business on Google Play by allowing them to take control of their apps’ revenue graphs, alpha and beta testing and staged rollouts, optimization tips, and referral tracking.
Google Maps and Maps APIs – The next generation of Google Maps, gets rid of any clutter in order to put users’ individual experience and exploration front and center. Featuring new base map tiles, a new default marker, a new info window style, and a style refresh for controls, each time the user click or search, the Maps technology draws him a tailored map that highlights the information he needs.
Google Wallet Instant Buy Android API – similar to Google wallet API launched last October to speed up payment on mobile sites, this new services is designed for merchants and developers selling physical goods and services, who already have a payment processor and are looking to simplify the checkout experience for their customers. The service will offer fast checkout for Android users buying physical goods, easy app registration through the implementation of Google+ Sign-in along with Instant Buy, and more secure payments.
Google+: The newly designed Google+, came with a modern design which helps users to easily explore content as well dramatically improve their online photo experience to give them crisp, beautiful photos—without the work! Google also upgraded Google+ Hangouts—the popular group video application—to help bring real-life conversations online, across any device or platform, and with groups of up to 10 friends.
Google Play Music All Access is a new monthly music subscription service that lets users listen to millions of songs across their devices. Users can create a radio station from any song or artist they love, browse recommendations from Google’s expert music team or explore by genre. Users can store 20,000 songs for free in the cloud and listen to them alongside the All Access catalog. It’s $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial. Users who sign up for the trial by June 30 and will save $2 per month. Also, coming next month to Google Play is a special Samsung Galaxy S4, which brings together cutting edge hardware from Samsung with Google’s latest software and services—including the user experience that ships with Google’s popular Nexus devices.
Chrome: With over 750 million active users on Chrome, we’re now focused on bringing to mobile the speed, simplicity and security improvements that we’ve seen on the desktop. To that end, today we previewed next-generation video codec VP9 for faster video-streaming performance; the requestAutocomplete API for faster payments; and Chrome Experiments such as “A Journey Through Middle Earth” and Racer to demonstrate the ability to create immersive mobile experiences not possible in years past.
Search: Search has evolved considerably in recent years: it can now have a real conversation with you, and even make your day a bit smoother by predicting information you might need. Google added the ability to set reminders by voice and it previewed “spoken answers” on laptops and desktops in Chrome—meaning users can ask Google a question and it will speak the answer back to them. this new functionality “answer, converse and anticipate.