Google search for Android TV--queries you can ask: "Oscar-nominated movies from 2002." "Who played Katniss in the Hunger Games?"
"If you don't have your remote handy, you can always use your Android Wear watch as your d-pad." #plug
Airplay rival: Casting on Android TV.
Sony, Sharp, and TP Vision will adopt Android TV in their sets.
OK, so Android TV still needs a smart tv to run, more or less? This limits its reach or market significantly. Because, if I'm reading this right, it doesn't run on Chromecast. Google continues to screw TV up by not settling on a single platform and swinging with full force.
Rishi Chandra, director of product management, says Chromecast is the top-selling electronics device on Amazon in U.S., U.K., France, Canada. Usage increased 40% from the third quarter of 2013.
Last 30 days, almost 50% of Chromecast were used on devices across multiple platforms. SDK will let any developer extend mobile or Web app to TV. 6,000 developers registered. "We're starting to see a lot of momentum."
New Chromecast feature: Others can cast to TV without being on same WiFi network. Their devices can connect to Chromecast via the cloud.
Btw, now Google is talking about Google Cast media streaming on Chromecast--which has nothing to do with Android TV. This is exactly the television fragmentation I was just talking about. How is the average consumer supposed to keep all of this straight? What incentive do they have to buy into this weird ecosystem?
How does it work? Chandra says Cast can authenticate users in same room. If it can't, it'll ask for a PIN that will be present on screen.
New use cases for TV: "What about the 19 hours a day your TV is just a blank empty screen?" Ambient experience called Backdrop will use inactive TV as a canvas for art, photos, weather, and more.
"Your TV is now the largest picture frame in the house." (It'll also be on 24 hours a day. Does Google hate the environment?)
What if you want to learn about the image featured on backdrop? Synchronized card can show relevant information on mobile device.
New feature will let users mirror any Android device to television. Demos by mirroring Google Earth and video of the audience (hi mom!).
This whole Backdrop app is actually very granular, but it's a neat demo of how multiple screens can communicate. There are little ideas here about managing contextual information on more than one screen that will likely make their way into our broader electronic world.
So far Google's covered: wearables, cars, TV. What's next?
Chromebooks: They're the top 10 highest-rated laptops on Amazon. Number of Chromebooks sold to K-12 schools grown by 6x.
Personal unlocking extends to Chromebooks. Chromebook will unlock automatically if it detects a connected phone approaching.
Pichai says Chromebook will be able to run ported Android applications. Demos with Evernote, Vine, and Flipboard.
With L release, Google is adding set of APIs (for Ice Cream Sandwich and above) to isolate work and personal data, so employees don't need to carry around two phones.
Shoutout to Samsung for contributing Knox, its mobile enterprise security suite, to L.
Native Office editing will be built within Google Docs suite. It will open native Word files--no need to convert into a Google Docs file. Native Office editing will also include review and suggested changes.
Google Drive has more than 190 million 30-day active users, up 85% from last year.
Drive for Work: Data will be encrypted in transit and on-server. Enhanced admin controls. Unlimited storage for $10 per user per month.
"Native Office" sounds boring, but let me say, the on-stage demo was fantastic. Open a Word file, edit it without conversion, save it automatically back as a Word file for whomever sent it to you in the first place. Nice, invisible user-centric design work here.
And the second protestor! "You all work for a totalitarian company that works for the CIA and NSA!"
"building machines that kill people"
"Wake the fuck up!" he says as he's escorted out.
We're deep in API-ville again, talking about cloud saving. There's code on the screen. Moments like this, you remember that Google I/O is at heart meant to be a developer's conference, not a consumer show.
Debugging code = watching paint dry
Now that the paint has dried, we're on to Google Play.
Appurify is joining Google. Want to shout, protestor-style: What were the terms of the deal?
Appurify will remain cross platform on iOS and Android, available as a freemium service.
Google Fit platform. Single set of APIs to manage fitness data from apps and sensors on cross-platform devices and wearables.
First it was Samsung that debuted a platform for wearables. Then Apple with HealthKit. Now that we have Google Fit, these separate platforms aren't all that unified, are they? #fullcircle
Partners: Nike, Adidas, Asus, HTC, Noom, Motorola, Withings, Mio, Runtastic, and more.
API available in few weeks
Google Play Games has 100 million new users in past six months.
Circling back on Google Fit--it's odd that it isn't AndroidFit, isn't it? But Google isn't pushing a health platform here. Instead they're pushing an API--connective software, basically, for health devices. Even so, it doesn't seem to match Google's strategy in the phone, car, or with the TV.
Since last year's I/O conference, Google has paid out $5 billion to developers, 2.5 times the growth year over year.
I/O swag for developers: cardboard (really! there's even a hashtag #cardboard), either the LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live, and Moto 360 when it's available. And the crowd goes wild!
"PLEASE MAKE THINGS FOR OUR SMARTWATCHES, WE HAVE NO CLUE WHY WE BUILT THEM!"
Thanks all for tuning in! There were a lot of announcements, and we'll be digging into them today and tomorrow.