People check Android phones more than 125 times every day, and Wear aims to surface important, brief communication.
Demo of Wear: Check weather forecast, commute time, shipping tracking, receive calls and see who it is at a glance, add reminders or ask questions via voice.
@MarkWilson: I mean, they were showing off analog wallpaper themes...
Do Not Disturb, accessed by swiping down, can silence notifications.
The command "Play some music" turns on music with album art displayed in the background and features controls on the small screen.
"The very best wearable apps respond to the users' context with glanceable cards on the screen and allow users to take direct action in just a few seconds."
Android Wear SDK available today. Write code that runs directly on wearable. Can present fully customizable UI, control sensors, and send data between devices.
If an app downloaded from Google Play has a version for Android Wear, it will automatically download to the smartwatch.
With Eat24, the food delivery app can surface favorite/repeat orders, allowing users to place a takeout or delivery order within seconds.
Now we're seeing a recipe app that sends step-by-step instructions to your watch. Each step gets a screen, and you swipe to get to the next step. I'm a skeptic about smart watches, but I'll admit, this looks so much better than using a tablet in the kitchen.
With integration of ridesharing app Lyft, the smartwatch wearer can say: "OK Google, call me a car." Shows car ETA and traffic. Also allows riders to rate from the watch screen.
LG G Watch will be available to order later today on the Play store.
Honestly though, I don't know why Android Wear often has this silly wallpaper on it, when all of the information comes through on a card--what's essentially a word bubble--that takes up 80% of the screen anyway.
Samsung Gear Live, which will be available for order later today as well.
Moto 360 will be available for order this summer.
Audience response: awwwww....
Now we're going to hear about Android in the car.
Android Auto: Android platform for cars, except it's safe for driving. Puts navigation, communication, music, and other apps front and center. Contextually aware and voice enabled--keep your eyes on the road!
So basically, Google is naming everything Android[whatever it is] now. AndroidWear. AndroidAuto. Etc.
Andy Brenner, product manager at Google, is demoing Android Auto. Apps are running on Android phone, so experience changes with updates or device upgrades. Screen shows destinations, reminders, contacts, music.
All of these AndroidAuto apps look and feel like Android on a wide screen. It's more or less your Android phone in landscape mode.
Google Maps on Android Auto is voice enabled. Product manager Andy Brenner asks the car infotainment system how late the DeYoung Museum is open. He gets an answer, decides to visit, and asks for turn-by-turn directions without having to tap or swipe.
"Wouldn't it be great if building an app for your car was as simple as building for your phone?" Guess what? Google announces the Android Auto SDK. Partners include: Pandora, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify, Songza, iHeartRadio, and more.
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.