Google I/O: Android Keynote Highlights

Google's Android Keynote has just finished and here's the highlights, hot off the press:

Android Growth

  • 100 million android devices have been activated in total.
  • Over 300 different android devices
  • 400,000 android devices are being activated every day
  • 200,000 Apps in the Android Market

Honeycomb 3.1 announced

  • Rolling out for some Tablets today
  • Recent tasks list can now scroll
  • Widgets can now be resized, both horizontally and vertically, on the fly
  • USB Host mode - you can now plug in all manner of USB devices, such as keyboards, mice, controllers, digital cameras, etc.
  • Honeycomb 3.1 is coming to Google TV
  • Google TV is getting the Android Market, will run honeycomb optimised apps
     

Ice Cream Sandwich

  • Next Version of Android after Honeycomb
  • Will unify Android versions - will run on all Android devices, phones, Tablets and more. Addresses fragmentation woes. 
  • More advanced technology - real time head tracking possible

Movie Rentals via Android Market

  • Can now rent full films directly from the Android Market
  • Variable Pricing
  • Playable on your PC or Android
  • 30 Day rental period
  • High-definition
  • "pinning" system allows you to download to your device for when streaming isn't possible
  • Movies app for tablets rolling out as Android 3.1
  • Phone app coming out later for 2.2+ devices

Music Beta

  • Currently US only
  • Store your music collection in the cloud
  • PC/MAC application can sync with your existing music collection
  • Create playlists and store them on your device for offline playing
  • Launching in beta - invitation only to US users
  • Store up to 20,000 songs
  • Free (at least while in beta)
  • First invites go out to all those attending Google I/O
  • Updated music app is on the market NOW - for Android 2.2 and above

New Guidelines for Android Devices

  • Partnership to ensure timely updates to new android devices
  • Founding partners: Verizon, HTC, Samsung, Sprint, Sony Ericsson, LG, T-mobile, Vodafone, Motorola, AT&T
  • All future devices from these partners will be updated for at least 18 months, hardware permitting

Android Open Accessories

  • Platform to build accessories for Android devices
  • Helps integrate devices, making them compatible with all android devices
  • Taking Android beyond Phones and Tablets, android support everywhere, such as the example they used whereby an android phone was connected to an exercise bike
  • Supports Honeycomb and Gingerbread
  • Supports USB, will support Bluetooth in the future
  • Reference Hardware and Software for Android Accessory Development Kit (ADK) available today
  • Google created a giant tilting labyrinth as an example - controlled by tilting an android device
  • No approval process or NDA required!

Android at Home

  • New Wireless communication protocol
  • Android devices can communicate with potentially every appliance in your home
  • Android Tablet can, for example, turn lights on and off remotely
  • Google Partnering with various "industry players" to create a vast array of appliances for your home
  • "Project tungsten" android 'Hub' - Android@home devices you can place around your house, such as a speaker system to play music with, or an NFC device that can add music to your music beta collection just be tapping a cd against it

Android Market Announcements tomorrow.

Plus, everyone in attendance got a brand spankin' new Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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"New Guidelines for Android Devices

Partnership to ensure timely updates to new android devices
Founding partners: Verizon, HTC, Samsuing, Sprint, Sony Ericsson, LG, T-mobile, Vodafone, Motorola, AT&T
All future devices from these partners will be updated for at least 18 months, hardware permitting"


ummm...i own an andriod phone and i agree that there is fragmentation but i dont think this 18 months for partners to update you phone will work, because of the last part, hardware permitting... so basicly its the same as before? companys like Samsung and lg will flog half cheap andriod devices with basic hardware then say oh we cant update the hardwere isnt good enough,

Prototype1864 said,
"New Guidelines for Android Devices

Partnership to ensure timely updates to new android devices
Founding partners: Verizon, HTC, Samsuing, Sprint, Sony Ericsson, LG, T-mobile, Vodafone, Motorola, AT&T
All future devices from these partners will be updated for at least 18 months, hardware permitting"


ummm...i own an andriod phone and i agree that there is fragmentation but i dont think this 18 months for partners to update you phone will work, because of the last part, hardware permitting... so basicly its the same as before? companys like Samsung and lg will flog half cheap andriod devices with basic hardware then say oh we cant update the hardwere isnt good enough,

nothing changed at all

http://www.engadget.com/2011/0...rade-program-details-far-f/

which its sad what a fragmented ideas

Have been saying fora LONG time that Google was addressing the fragmentation issue that Apple users seemed to be so concerned about and like to bash Google about. All these updates are just going to make Android that much better.

We'll see when we see what current devices will be getting the new 'unified' OS. There are still people on new 18 month/2 year contracts to think about.

what said,
We'll see when we see what current devices will be getting the new 'unified' OS. There are still people on new 18 month/2 year contracts to think about.

I would hope at least all 1ghz phones and higher would get it. Also, as soon as the devs at XDA get the source code...no telling how many other devices will get it.

freak180 said,
Is the USB support for all honeycomb tablets?

I fooled around with the Acer Iconia. HC 3.0 and has full USB that works already.

tsupersonic said,
Pretty awesome updates. Makes other platforms look (*cough* iOS *cough*) lacking right about now..

The pace at which android platform is evolving, is mind boggling.

tsupersonic said,
Pretty awesome updates. Makes other platforms look (*cough* iOS *cough*) lacking right about now..

Not fair. You have seen Apple make there announcement yet. I hear animated wallpaper will be introduced to the iPhone. Ooooo, Ahhhhh.

littleneutrino said,
Sadly no mention as to when the xoom Wifi would see the update

VZW get's it first sometime today. I'm guessing in a few weeks for everyone else with Honeycomb.

SHoTTa35 said,
Holy crap. Looking like a nice list!

Yeah... requested for an invite for music beta... waiting for the invitation.