Androcid had the great pleasure of attending the Google I/O 2012 Keynote Presentation.We’ve been rattling off news stories all day, but if you haven’t been glued to our feed, you may need a refresher. The big announcements on day one have been the new Nexus 7 tablet, Sergey Brin’s skydiving demonstration of Google Glasses, the Nexus Q music player, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), and the introduction of Google+ Events.While Internet connectivity issues precluded us from live blogging the event, we would like to bring you some of the most exciting events that we saw, as well our thoughts on the future of the Android ecosystem.
Nexus 7 Tablet :
Google unveiled its first tablet today.Nexus 7 aims straight at the market that Amazon baited with the Kindle Fire, but kicks everything up a notch. The tablet runs on Android 4.1 and comes with a new interface and emphasis on Google Play. The interface appears to look more like the Galaxy Nexus, but with extra large icons and new media-rich widgets to better resemble the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet. It has top-notch specs for a 7-inch including a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM and a nice 1280×800 pixel screen. get to know better by glancing your eyes on a video.
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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean :
Dave Burke (Engineering Director) then came to the stage to talk about how Project Butter enhances UI performance on Android. This works by using VSync with triple buffering, and by boosting touch responsiveness.A high speed RED video camera was used to film the two Galaxy Nexus devices—one running Ice Cream Sandwich, and the other running Jelly Bean.In other words , Jelly bean is SIMPLE. BEAUTIFUL. SMART .Home screens are now easier to customize, notifications are much more robust, offline voice typing is enabled and a new Siri competitor has emerged called “Google Now.”
Google Play gets Better :
Google Play store now sells magazines, TV shows, and movies as well as its current stable of music, books, and apps. Android users can now download a Google Magazines app, which sells subscriptions to magazines and individual issues. The YouTube video app now sells episodes of TV shows, entire seasons, and movies. Previously, it was a rental only shop , now it has changed.
Nexus Q Social Streamer :
Death Star with a light-up weakness trench? Or Maybe a Thermal Detonator? You can hook up Android phones and tablets (with Android 4.1) to the Nexus Q and it will play their content on a television, through a computer, or through a speaker system.The Nexus Q is an odd beast. It’s technically a completely new type of gadget. It’s black and ball shaped with a processor (ARM) inside and a multicolored light up strip around it.
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Google Glasses Kicks In :
5 base jumpers in squirrel suits in a zeppelin above San Francisco, all wearing Project Glass glasses, all in a Google+ hangout together.All 5 jumped out of the zeppelin, recording their points of view in the hangout as they flew using the suits.They landed on top of the Moscone convention center, where another set of people waited on bicycles. These cyclists took off, all wearing the glasses in the hangout, and headed for a ramp on the roof. They hit the ramp and jumped to the next roof.They then switched off to yet another group of people who rappelled down the side of the building to the third floor and then rode bikes right into the convention center and up onto the stage to talk with Sergey Brin.
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That’s not all !
Google is attempting to hit Facebook where it hurts, again. With Google+ Events, you can now set up times and dates and events in Google+ (and Google Calendar) and manage parties and special occasions. One cool new feature is “Party mode,” which lets everyone at a party automatically upload their pictures to the Google+ event page. Sounds fairly inventive.
Stay tuned to Androicd as we will cover the further Events of Google I/O Day 2 and Day 3.