"Design, develop and distribute" is the theme is this year's Google I/O conference, which kicks off on June 25 at San Francisco's Moscone West Convention Center. Join Fast Company's Alice Truong and Mark Wilson for live coverage starting at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Google’s annual I/O conference kicks off on Wednesday with a keynote at San Francisco’s Moscone Center West, and will focus on the themes of "design, develop and distribute.” Last year, Google shared its revamped Maps and Hangouts services, and CEO Larry Page laid out his biggest, most ambitious dreams for the company. This year, join Fast Company writers and editors for coverage of the latest product and software announcements--Android 5.0? A new phone or tablet? Wearable tech?--as the two day conference unfolds.
Good morning! Mark and I are at Moscone, waiting for doors to open. The keynote should kick off in half an hour.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 3:33:50 PM
by Mark Wilson6/25/2014 3:38:05 PM
This Rube Goldberg machine is counting down to the keynote. There's a bowling ball, catapult, and big sledgehammer in the mix. Apparently Gallagher was booked.
by Mark Wilson6/25/2014 3:45:50 PM
Just a few minutes to go. Things to expect? Smartwatches. Chromecast updates. A new vision for Android that jumps between your phone and wearables with ease. I think today will be about connecting Google more to your physical life.
by Mark Wilson6/25/2014 4:03:06 PM
The voice of god is telling us to take our seats.
by Mark Wilson6/25/2014 4:06:44 PM
Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, kicks off Google I/O. One million folks around the world are joining in via livestream. In Nigeria, the viewing party is made up of all female developers.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:11:04 PM
by Joel Arbaje6/25/2014 4:11:13 PM
Pichai says Google I/O has 20% female attendees this year, up from 8% last year.
Google is really pushing forward the women story. After years of reluctance, the search giant released its first diversity report in May to shine a light on Silicon Valley's diversity problem--mainly that tech companies are largely composed of white males.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:12:10 PM
Google shipped 300 million phones last quarter and now claims 1 billion users, doubling year over year.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:13:55 PM
Android by the numbers: 20 billion text messages sent each day, 93 million selfies taken each day, 1.5 trillion steps taken per day. Users also take out their phones and check them 100 billion times a day.
by Alice Truong edited by Adrian Covert6/25/2014 4:14:44 PM
"We're seeing amazing growth in Android tablets as well," Pichai says. Android made up 39% of shipped tablets in 2012, 46% in 2013, and 62% in 2014. These stats don't include Kindle Fire devices.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:16:38 PM
Android app installs on tablet is up 236% in 2014, year over year.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:17:04 PM
by Joel Arbaje6/25/2014 4:17:34 PM
all areas in blue do not have access to smart phones.
by Joel Arbaje6/25/2014 4:18:29 PM
Pichai talks about a new hardware reference platform called Android One, a turnkey solution for manufacturers, and shows off a new device from Cromax that will be available for less than $100. He also teases out the upcoming L Design Preview for Android.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:20:01 PM
by Joel Arbaje6/25/2014 4:20:50 PM
Matias Duarte, vice president of design, said Google challenged itself to create design not just for Android phones and tablets, but to "craft one consistent vision for mobile, desktop, and beyond."
"What if pixels didn't have just color, but also depth?" he asked. This led the team to a new thinking: material design. Cue the video!
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:22:21 PM
"We grew inspiration from paper and ink. However, unlike real paper, our digital material can expand, reform, and reshape intelligence."
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:23:35 PM
The design is basically an embracing of the drop shadow. Mixing responsive design with seamless transitions in every animation. It’s like the entire UI is built from one solid piece that’s just stretched and reshaped.
by Mark Wilson edited by Adrian Covert6/25/2014 4:24:19 PM
"Those scenes and shadows provide meaning for what you can touch and how it will move," he said, referencing life-like perspective and shadows. "Material design is beautiful and bold because clean typographical layout are simple to understand. Your content is the focus."
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:24:33 PM
Can design on phone and "logically and easily bring that design to laptops," Duarte says. System font Roboto has been updated for every screen.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:25:43 PM
The animations move with the physics of cardstock, but splash with your touch, "like ink rippling in a pond," he says. Buttons will now have animations built-in.
by Mark Wilson6/25/2014 4:26:35 PM
Android developers can create seamless animation transitions between activities and apps.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:26:39 PM
He demos the changes on the Gmail app: new typography, grid changes, bold colors.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:27:21 PM
by Joel Arbaje6/25/2014 4:28:01 PM
Before & After, Gmail App in Material Design
by Joel Arbaje6/25/2014 4:28:30 PM
The real value here seems to be that Google is automating design for your app using their algorithms and taste. I wonder how well it will scale to various apps.
by Mark Wilson6/25/2014 4:28:39 PM
Google releases guidelines for designers and developers: google.com/design
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:28:40 PM
Dave Burke, director of engineering of Android, said there are more than 5,000 new developer APIs and will walk through a select few.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:29:31 PM
The L Design Preview of Android will include the new Material theme, new animation capabilities, 3-D views with real-time shadows, activity transitions, nested scrolling
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:32:32 PM
Google's thesis of Material Design is impressive in motion. It's physical without being hokey 3-D or using fake textures. There is a liberal amount of drop shadow involved, though, which has been a bit out of fashion in favor of "flat design." Looks like Google is bringing drop shadow back.
by Mark Wilson6/25/2014 4:32:43 PM
Enhanced notifications in L: Notifications from lock screen are prioritized so most useful ones are presented. Swipe down and see full list of notifications.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:33:21 PM
Heads Up Notifications
by Joel Arbaje6/25/2014 4:35:18 PM
About 15% of people have PIN or pattern lock, Burke says. L will feature personal unlocking. It can unlock automatically via swipe when it notices a Bluetooth-connected smartwatch. Without the smartwatch, it presents the PIN lock screen.
by Alice Truong edited by Adrian Covert6/25/2014 4:35:35 PM
Chrome for mobile has grown 10 times in last year. It's now at 300 million devices, from 27 million the year prior.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:36:41 PM
In demo of upcoming Chrome, the browser highlights use of Material Design. When searching for Van Gogh's Starry Night, Chrome shows the artwork in a tile, and the title is on a blue background, which was automatically generated by Chrome.
by Alice Truong edited by Adrian Covert6/25/2014 4:38:42 PM
Chrome tabs shown as overlapping cards with realistic shadows and perspective.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:39:30 PM
Multitasking made easier with tabs showing both websites and app content within Chrome.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:40:54 PM
Recents tab redesign for multitasking
by Joel Arbaje6/25/2014 4:41:31 PM
Search results on Chrome mobile can launch apps that are installed on the device. For example, an OpenTable link on Google can open the app. The feature, which was previously was only available with a few apps, will be available to all developers.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:42:32 PM
Google is really geeking out on deep SDK, developer stuff right now. Grab another coffee.
by Mark Wilson6/25/2014 4:45:45 PM
While you grab your coffee: L should run more smoothly, about twice the performance over Dalvik. Memory allocator reduces number of pauses as well as duration of pauses. Cross platform on ARM, x86, and MIPS.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:46:29 PM
Graphics performance: Mobile performance historically has lagged desktops, but it's catching up with game console and PC graphics. L aims to close gap with the Android extension pack, a set of features that include tesselation, geometry shaders, computer shaders, and ASTC texture compression (read: you'll notice details, like smoke and lighting effects for games).
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:47:52 PM
Project Volta aims to improve battery life. "You can't improve until you can measure." Battery Historian on L helps correlate battery discharge and device activity.
by Alice Truong6/25/2014 4:50:29 PM
There's a Google protestor screaming in front of Burke, and the photogs rush to capture her! Countdown until she gets escorted out...
(Our intrepid copy editor Dave Penick says the protestor was rallying against a Google exec accused of evicting people in San Francisco.)