Head of Android, Scott Bown, and Android Developer, Andy Barber, made their way to Google IO Extended 2012 London yesterday afternoon to hear the latest Google announcements. Below is their summary of Day 1 at Google IO.
New version called Jelly Bean is Android 4.1 and is coming to Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus in mid July. SDK is out now.
- UI/framework optimizations (code named Butter) to make everything slick and smoother
- Enhanced notifications – these look cool! And some multi touch gestures to expand
- Added slickness to widget placing
- Clipboard can now maintain rich text formatting
- New easy to use page load animations
- Improved Voice search (getting very similar to Siri) – with offline mode! Pretty cool
- Google Now – an extension of google search can predict the data you want before you search based on location, previous searches, time. The example they gave was that Google now know how long it would take to get to a meeting given the traffic/public transport timetables and would remind you. “hey ,leave by 10:14 to make the 11:00 meeting on time”. This kind of creeped the hell out of me, Google know how much about me? – I guess they know that already, at least now there’s an app so I can benefit from it.
- Lots of support for new languages and locales, includes right to left
- Epic presentation of Google Glass! – you need to watch it to believe the awesomeness
- Nexus Q social media streamer looks great if you have lots of house parties and friends with Android devices.
- Google plus events gives an easy way to arrange events but crucially share photos, videos in real time.
- New Google maps API enhancements look great, in particular being able to get places reviews and draw vectors and paths.