Google’s 2012 I/O conference keynote event is being broadcast live right now, highlighting many awesome improvements to Android and other Google products. Many exciting developments are being demonstrated by Google right now!! Above you can watch the Google I/O keynote address! Some quick updates so far:
- There are 400 million active Android devices and about 1 million new devices activated daily (12 per second)
- Android 4.1 JellyBean announced
- Project Butter uses tripple buffering and V-Sync to smooth and “silkify” UI rendering and interactions. Touch events and UI rendering are threaded separately to improve UI peformance.
- Improved home-screen widget behavior allows smart re-sizing, automated re-sizing, and automated relocation of icons and widgets to make space for one another.
- New intuitive typing will predict words BEFORE a user begins typing.
- Voice recognition is shrunk and loaded on the device itself, so no dependency on network connection for voice typing.
- Platform support for external braille devices via Blue Tooth
- Live camera view integrates with photos in Camera, and pinching allows to focus on single images or collections of images.
- Deleting a picture can be undone.
- Tap-to-connect, sync, and share between devices.
- Enhanced notifications allow interactive behavior with the notification view itself – responding to calendar events, +1, like, or comment on social network notifications, respond to emails or texts, etc.
- Notifications can be expanded and collapsed using touch gestures.
- Voice interactivity similar to Siri allows asking questions, finding locations, getting facts and information, etc.
- Google Now makes the smartphone smarter by analyzing commuting patterns, eating and recreations patterns, search patterns, etc. and automatically providing relevant details such as traffic, routes, restaurant suggestions, menu item suggestions, flight information, sports updates, and much much more without any setup or configuration. Time of day and other context are taken into account in a comprehensive manner to enhance day to day life.
- Jelly Bean will roll out over-the-air updates and release open source in mid July. The SDK is being made available RIGHT NOW.
- New Android PDK (platform development kit) will document low-level source code and hardware descriptions to allow anyone to port Android to their device.
- PDK will be made available openly for all future platforms.
What amazing things Google is accomplishing with the Android platform! We will continue updating more announcements, news, and details from the Google I/O 2012 conference as we get them.