Five Takeaways from Google I/O 2015

first_imgToday I joined over two million people watching the online keynote for the Google I/O conference. The annual conference is held for developers, but it’s also the event where Google announces new products and developer tools. The technology community was abuzz throughout the week about the conference, with their expectations of news about fingerprint support, online payments, Android Wear, Maps, and more. I was anxiously awaiting an announcement about the rumored Google Photos application, and I wasn’t disappointed.Here are my top five takeaways from the Google I/O keynote address: Android M: the next version of Android (available later this year) has new permissions controls which allow you to selectively choose which permissions an app can have on your device. Additionally, Android M will have fingerprint reader support, Chrome Custom Tabs, Doze mode (powering down your device when it’s not in use), mobile payments with Android Pay (which replaces Google Wallet), and support for USB Type C for faster device charging.Inbox by Gmail available to all: Introduced last October on an invite-only basis, Inbox by Gmail is now available to everyone. New features include Trip Bundles for staying organized, Undo Send, swipe to delete, and custom signatures. Google Photos: With the release of Google Photos as a standalone product, I think Google has cut out all the cloud storage competition for photos. Google Photos offers free, unlimited cloud storage of your photos and videos.Your photos are saved in original resolution up to 16MP and videos are saved in 1080p high-definition. No need to tag your photos; the auto-organizer will automatically organize your images by people, places, and other labels that matter to you.Google Maps Expected to be released later this year, new features in Google Maps will offer offline search and turn-by-turn voice navigation to you, even when you don’t have an Internet connection.Cloud Test Lab: Making sure your Android application works correctly got a lot easier with today’s announcement of the free Android testing service, Cloud Test Lab.Submit your app and Google will conduct automated testing on the top 20 Android devices. Their automated reports will give developers insights with screenshots, videos, and logs. Did you watch today’s keynote? What were your favorite takeaways?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedThree Helpful Features in Google Drive Announced at Google I/O 2014At yesterday’s Google I/O developer conference, Google announced many new updates to Google Drive. Among the updates you’ll see are a new interface, improved file management options, and faster speed on mobile and desktop. Three of the features quickly caught my attention. Two new features are related to file management;…In “Internet”September 30, 2012: Weekly Roundup of Web Development and Design ResourcesWith three online conferences last week, Accessibility Summit, UX Web Summit and the first annual Content Strategy Summit, it was a busy week of learning for me. I’ve shared some of the resources from the conferences in this roundup. Hope you find them helpful. CSS Web Inspector Support for CSS…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: September 12, 2014This week I’ve been at the Accessibility Summit conference, learning along with hundreds of people around the world, how to create a more accessible web. Hard to believe this is the fifth year I’ve teamed up with my friend Scott Williams, Web Accessibility Coordinator at the University of Michigan, to…In “Web design & development links”last_img

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