Google’s sixth annual developer’s conference, Google I/O, kicked off Wednesday morning with million of developers as well as users across the globe, hooked on to see the next leg of innovations from the stable of the search giant. Among other things, last year Google brought us, Android jelly bean and Google glass wearing skydivers, this years has been more targeted towards android app developers and providing tools and services to them.
Looking at evolutionary, not revolutionary announcements, in the past, Google has used I/O to announce major updates to its operating system and amazing game changing products. Instead of trying to top last year’s event, it seems Google has taken a more tempered approach by expanding or refining current products as a way for the future.
Android Game Service:The most anticipated rumor about conference was whether Google will announce official Android game center. But taking a more holistic approach with Google game service for android to make it easier for developers to have Cross platform syncing of game data with the help of Cloud save.
Google Developer Console:A vital update has been given to the developers console to give better analytics and help them monetize their application. With app translation service integrated directly into the console, it would help developers translate their applications more easily without any hassles. Usage metrics that was earlier available in google analytics would now be available in the Google developers console. There would also be revenue analytics to give a more customized statistics to developers about their revenue stream. With beta testing and staged roll out services developers would be able to customize the reach and feedback of their beta testers.
Google Music (All Access):To answer iTunes, Google introduced All access. The company portray a subscription service where user would be able to stream music on their devices and get recommendations based ob their usage.
APIs for Developers:Google also rolled out various new APIs for developers to help them create a more intuitive experience with their android applications. Google Maps Android API will let applications use google maps data into their applications. There would also be three new location based APIs.
Fused Location API:Taking advantage of all the sensors to give a more personalized experience. It will be more efficient, with an additional feature that uses less than 1% battery per hour.
Geo Fencing: It allows you to find virtual fences around your location. These trigger your location when you enter or exit these fences. With up to 100 Geo-fences simultaneously active per application , user would get more precise location.
Activity Recognition: It uses machine recognized data to automatically determine when the user is walking, cycling or driving. This would give a more holistic approach and give accurate data as per the requirement of the user.
Overall there are 52 google code labs that would be running across three days at the sixth editions of Google I/O.