Jul
1
2014

4 Most Important things announced at Google I/O

4 important announcements at Google I/O 2014

4 important announcements at Google I/O 2014

I know it’s a bit late and you’ve probably read a much more comprehensive list on other tech sites but you know what, this is happening, and you’ve got to stick around and read another list. Think of it as your 5 minute break from reading Buzzfeed, if reading buzzfeed was your actual job *Shameful stare*.

Every year, usually around the same time Google introduces new products and services and also provides updates to the existing in an event called Google I/O. Heard of Android?

Google I/O 2014

Google I/O 2014

We have already written about Google Drive for Work with unlimited storage space for just $10 a month. Here is a list of the 4 most important announcements made by Google. Remember gents, this list is subjective, so feel free to abuse my entire family and it’s heritage in the comments sections below (Please don’t do that):

Material Design

 

Google Material Design

Google Material Design

For all the sheer dominance enjoyed by Android over the past few years, the one area it has been significantly lacking in is consistency. Android has been suffering from an identity crisis lately. Every carrier, every manufacturer wants to deliver it’s custom version of android to its customer. These forked up ‘skins’ usually resemble what Vinod Khanna would wear for his Prom Night. Well, Google had enough of that.

At Google I/O 2014, the company unveiled a unified design language called “Material Design” which will carry the same visual style across the web, Google’s Chrome browser, and all Android mobile devices. Material Design is colorful and minimalistic and looks like something not designed by a person on ecstasy. Cough, Touchwiz, Cough.

Cheap(er) Smartphones

The emergence and recent dominance of Android as an operating system is more or less defined by it’s portability onto budget devices, requiring bargain basement specs, domestic manufacturers and providing a somewhat limited experience. Until the Moto G turned up. Moto G was Google’s silver bullet right in the hearts of the working class and the budget stricken. The phone was powerful,smooth and cheap. It literally made Android a household name. So, Google basically put more fuel into the momentum by announcing it was working on a low-cost smartphone aimed at emerging markets as part of an initiative called Android One.

The Android-powered handset will be built with a basic set of features including FM radio, have a screen slightly smaller than five inches (12.7 centimeters) and be priced at less than $100, noted Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai.

Android Wear

 

Wear your Android!

Wear your Android!

Is it a plane! is it a missile! Is it Mimoh Chakraborty shooting for a movie!!!! Nah, its the new generation of Android smart watches. Google gave a heads up at how Android Wear devices will actually work. Swiping up and down lets you navigate through Google Now cards like recent messages, reminders, notes, music controls, alarms and lots more. By tapping once on a sleeping Android Wear device, you can turn on voice controls to say something like “Okay Google, call me a car” (An app pops up). You can swipe horizontally to see more about any card, or swipe downward to turn on “do not disturb” mode so your phone and watch won’t ring while you’re at dinner or in a movie.

Security

With the introduction of it’s latest Android iteration, Android L, Google wanted to drive home a few more things than just fancy user interface elements. Android L will include a new “kill switch” that lets users remotely wipe their device even if it’s been stolen and restored to factory settings. This feature was originally introduced by Apple in IOS 7 and has led to a considerable drop in cases regarding Iphone theft.

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