It's technology conference season. We had Apple's WWDC, then we had the Samsung Tab S release, next Amazon wowed us with a new phone, and now, Google is here to blow them all away. Or at least try. Going into the annual I/O Conference on Wednesday, we were expecting serious Android updates and some advances in wearable technology. And that's what we got.
Here's a roundup of everything Google covered in their three-hour-plus keynote presentation.
Android TV will work on Android L, the next version of their flagship OS, through hardware like Google TV, Apple TV, and Roku. It will be focused not only on TV but also gaming. Google Play games will be available on the television, and it will come with a controller, so you can play online games through your TV screen. Google is working with Sony and Sharp to design supported TVs. Android TV also has partnerships with Netflix and Hulu, recommending new shows and movies based on what you have already seen. The TV can be controlled from Android's wearable tech as well. Wired points out that this is basically like "built in Chromecast" and I would agree.
Available later this year, Google's Android Auto is working with four partners to build this feature — basically an operating system specifically for cars — directly into vehicles. It'll be completely voice enabled. By plugging in your phone, Android Auto can connect to the navigational system in the car. The interface used will be the same as Android's phones and watches, for a seamless experience. Google Maps, of course, is a main feature in Android Auto. Music apps are also important, like Spotify and the Play Music app.