This post comes from Antonio José López, who is at Google I/O 2012 this year on behalf of BlueVia.
We have had a long (but very interesting) first day in the Moscone Center today. We started with the keynote we transmited you in our live post, where Google formally announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, together with 2 new devices: a tablet (Nexus7) and a TV content sharing device (NexusQ). The Google Glass project was also shown in this first Google I/O keynote, but no further details were given about it.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
After giving some new numbers about the Android platform (400M activations, 1M new activations per day), the brand new version is officially announced: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Appart from improving performance and having a faster UX, it includes some new features:
- Offline voice search
- Offline maps: downloaded in the device, so no connectivity is needed to access them
- Improved notifications: the user is able to interact with the notifications with no need going to the app itself
- Improved search results: results format is addapted to the result itself (news, weather, images,…)
- Improved voice search results: given back also by voice
- Google Now: improved search results using Google ecosystem features: calendar info, traffic, flights,…
This new version will be available on mid July.
Google Play is not only apps any more. Apart from books, videos & music they are including movies, TV shows & magazines.
Moreover they are working with carriers to enable billing payment method
Literally, they wanted to have a tablet to display Google Play content powerful:
“We wanted to design a Google experience that is optimized around all this content on Google Play.”
So they created a 7” tablet together with Asus: a 1280 x 800 HD display with a quad-core processor. Centered on Google Content, but power enough to play 3D games.
It will be available in mid July from $199, or £159 in the UK.
Nexus Q is an Android powered device intended to enrich the living room experience. It is a social content sharing tool with your TV. You simply browse the content in your phone/tablet, and play it on the TV using Nexus Q.
Available for $299.
Google + Events & Hangouts
After 1 year live, Google + has not stopped its growth, currently having 250M users, half of them signing in daily. Important news is they are already having more usage on mobile rather than PC. So it should be the reason they are launching new G+ versions for Android tablets & iPad.
Google Hangouts seems to be a master key in G+ product, as they show it at the piece to communicate between PCs, tablets & phones.
A new important feature included in Google + is Google Events. Events are not just Google calendars, Google + albums or maps. It is a combination of them to create an event experience before, during and after it.
- Before: Calendar integration, schedules, maps, photos, attendees,…
- During: live slideshows showing added photos for those who cannot attend
- After: photos album created automatically in G+ for the event, including all the photos shared by the attendees.
It seems to be a very strategical project for Google, but not much info was given about this gadget, appart from it has camera/memory/GPS, and what it might be useful for: taking photos without using your hands . Anyway, the live flying demo was really impressive.
We’ll be posting more content through the week. Keep coming back or circle us on Google+ for live updates.