Every year, the turn of May and June is most important time for users, fans and developers of Android and iOS. This is the time when the Google I/O and WWDC conferences take place. During these two events Google and Apple presents the results of their year-long work on new versions of their operating systems, devices on which they worked, new APIs and library’s to make our-developers life easier and users life better.
I don’t want to go through all of the new things announced on that two great events. That would take ages and the text would be so long that to read it you would have to sacrifice the work day and nobody would want that ;) I will focus on most important announcements regarding mobile OSes and things connected to them. In the chronological order first was the Google I/O conference.
Google I/O 2015
Android M – new version of green robot will bring a few improvements to the platform. No big revolution but important evolution for the users. The biggest change for the developers and the way that their apps works will be granting permissions within apps. For Android M the requests will be triggered from the context and will give the option to deny the permission. Feature which users will definitely love is significantly extend battery life for their phones thanks to a new state of the android OS. Doze – will be activated when the phone's motion sensor are inactive. While you're not using your phone, it will cut down on the level of background app activity in order to prolong the battery life. Also a new thing will be support for USB Type-C standard – we will no longer have to wonder if we are putting the plug right :)
Google Now – Android user assistant – gets massive update with “Now On Tap” feature which after clicking home button will analyze what is on the screen of our phones and will try to help us depending on the context of what we are doing/reading/looking at. One example how Now on Tap works was searching for the name of the artist. Listening to the Skrillex song were asked the question, "what is his real name?" the Google Now understood that the user asks about real name of currently listening musician.
Google Cardboard – after success of the last year project Google Cardboard (one million users), cheap phone-based Virtual Reality viewer that essentially anyone could afford and build, opening up VR to a broader group of consumers, Google decided to upgrade their project. They simplified their initial product – decreased steps to assemble the construct from 12 to 3. With Cardboard, Google released “Expeditions” a VR project for schools. It will allow students to take virtual tours of different locations. At the end there was introduction of "Jump" – system created in collaboration with GoPro to capture VR video. It's is comprised of three parts: circular rig of 16 camera modules to capture 360 degree view of the environment around it, an assembler that turns raw footage into VR video, and a player. Jump is coming to YouTube in the next few months, and will demonstrate immersive video.
Brillo – Google didn’t forget about M2M and IoT! Sundar Pichai (Senior VP, Products) himself announce that Google started to create a mini version of Android with super easy interface to help all of connected device talk to each other using communications protocol Weave. Weave will be the common language, provided in standardized schemas and with certification program to approve new devices. The platform is set to launch later this year, and aims to unite all connected devices to work seamlessly with easy other and your smartphone.
Seconf half of 2015 looks exiting for green robot developers and the mobile world.
You can watch the full view of the Google I/O 2015 Keynote here:
and videos of all session that took place during Google I/O 2015 here:
Next time WWDC 2015 and what’s new in Apple and iOS :)