Google Putting Android in Almost Everything
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Google kicked off its annual Google I/O developers conference with an epic keynote this morning. Packed into the presentation, hosted by Google Senior VP Sundar Pichai, were announcements about Android, Chrome, wearables, automotive integration, Google TV, and several other topics. Here’s what we learned.
Android gets deep
Google is eschewing the “flat” design that Apple is now championing. The next version of Android, called so far the “L” release (maybe for Lollipop) will feature something called “material design,” in which user interface items will have a height coordinate as well as X and Y positions. The interface will use this data to determine how items will slide over and under one another.
A slide from Google I/O shows actionable notifications on the lock screen. (BGR)
Another part of the material design will be a focus on animations for the UI elements. Google spokespeople were proud to show items moving and sliding at “60 frames per second.” The interface isn’t exactly skeuomorphic — items on the screen don’t look like their physical analogs — but interface elements do appear to ape physical properties.
Android is also spreading out into the world, with the release of the Android One hardware reference platform and operating system. It’s a design that should let developing economies build inexpensive Android phones. It’s rolling out first in India.
Read: Google Announces Two New Directions for Android
Android on your wrist
Google is telling us more about Android Wear, the operating system for wearables (watches). The platform links smartphones to watches to allow the wrist-based computers to display notifications and control the phones when appropriate. Of course, Android Wear also supports the collection of fitness and health data from sensors on watches.