August 10, 2014 By: Faiz Malkani
Every year, Google publishes an app for its I/O conference that serves a dual purpose. In addition to being a guide and schedule planner for those attending the conference or live streaming it across the globe, the app also serves as a demonstration of the best practices for Android design and development. This year’s I/O Keynote was a resounding success, the expanding of Android’s horizons being complemented by the launch of the Android L Developer Preview. While some of the products unveiled such as Android Auto and Android One have yet to be launched, Android L and its Material Design principles made an instant impact, receiving tremendous acclaim.
In accordance with the launch of Material Design, the Google I/O 2014 used the Material principles and left a lasting impact with its smooth transitions, paper and ink based nature, new elements such as the Floating Action Button, and a clean but colorful interface to go with it. The app left developers craving the source code in order to implement similar patterns in their apps, and sure enough, the I/O 2014 app source code was made public and released on GitHub.
Head over to the I/O 2014 Github repository to view or download the source code and get started with the implementation of the Material Design patterns in your own app, or read the launch article on the official Android Developers blog to learn the reasoning behind the patterns.
June 27, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android L developer preview is available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7(2013)! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of Android L and what interface changes it has in store, and there is an article about Nokia’s new X2 Android phone! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Be sure the check out the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for MinMinLock. Then, Adam did an XDA Unboxing of the ASUS PadFone X. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of WiFi Scheduler. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
The first day of Google I/O 2014 has come and gone, and just as we were expecting, Google used the opening keynote to shed some light on the future of Android, Chrome, Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV, Google Cloud Platform, and Google Play. While the keynote was available for live stream viewing from the comfort of your own home, we’ve boiled down the nearly three hour keynote to its most important highlights for those who lack the time to watch the entire presentation. READ ON »
June 25, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
We all knew it was coming, and now it’s finally here. Android “L” was officially unveiled earlier today during the first half of the Google I/O 2014 opening keynote. As expected, L packs quite a long list of both user-facing and developer-centric features.
In a surprise turn of events, Google has decided to make the developer preview images of Android “L” available for the Nexus 5 and 7 tomorrow morning. Join us as we take a closer look at what makes L important. READ ON »
Folks, the time we have all been waiting for is almost here! We’re now just half an hour away from Google I/O 2014’s opening keynote. In this session, we expect to learn more about the future of Android, Wear, Glass, Chrome, and the rest of Google’s significant products. And for those who don’t remember, this opening keynote is where we expect to be introduced to Android “L.”
If you’re not currently waiting in San Francisco’s Moscone center, don’t fret. We already talked about how the I/O 2014 keynote and all other sessions will be live streamed two days ago, but we just wanted to give you another quick reminder in case you missed it or forgot, so that you don’t miss out. To get in on the live stream, head over to the Google I/O 2014 Live Stream page and then tune into the keynote. Alternatively, the keynote itself will also be available below:
What are you most looking forward to in today’s I/O keynote? Share all your predictions in the comments below, and again, don’t forget to head over to the official site to watch the live stream.
A little over one year ago, Senior VP Sundar Pichai was put in charge of Android in addition to his previous post heading both Chrome and Google Apps. For those who don’t remember, Android was previously managed by its creator, Andy Rubin. But during the course of Pichai’s reign, we’ve seen efforts to bring a more managed and centralized ecosystem, and to bring closer integration with the rest of Google’s products–similar to what we’ve already seen with Pichai’s other projects.
Now, Pichai wishes to bring a bit more transparency to the Android release process. In an interview with Bloomberg’s Businessweek, Pichai describes his efforts with Android thus far and what he has in store for the future. Part of this involves giving device makers and developers more information regarding upcoming Android releases, rather than waiting until the traditional Fall release that has been in place ever since the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich. But as seen on page five of the profile, this will change with an early unveiling at this week’s Google I/O 2014 conference:
This year’s conference is likely to reveal much about how the character of Android will shift under Pichai. The biggest change may seem like a technicality, but for the companies that make Android phones, it’s a big one. In the past, Google often waited until the fall to announce the next annual version of the operating system, each named for a different sweet beginning with the next letter of the alphabet (in the last three years, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jellybean, and KitKat). Device makers complained this was too late to prepare for the holidays and put them at a disadvantage to the one company selected each year to develop the Nexus phone in conjunction with Google.
This year, Pichai will preview the next release (Lollipop? Lemonhead?) for the first time at I/O rather than waiting until the fall. It’s a significant shift toward greater transparency. “I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner,” he says.
So there we have it, folks. Android “L” (lollipop / licorice / lemonhead / lemonade?) will be officially unveiled at Google I/O–most likely during tomorrow morning’s opening keynote–but it won’t be released until the fall. We still don’t know much else about what will happen alongside Android L–namely whether we will see another Nexus smartphone or tablet.
By virtue of Android being an open source project, we’ve already learned a lot about what is to come, but more information about Android’s future plans is always better. What do you think of this effort towards greater transparency? Are you happy to learn more about L, or are you disappointed that it won’t be ready in time for the conference?
[Source: Bloomberg | Many thanks to everyone who sent this in!]
June 23, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks—and that’s OK if you have—you’re undoubtedly aware that we are just two short days away from Google’s yearly I/O conference. Google I/O 2014 is set to kick off at 9 AM PDT (UTC-8) with a two-hour event keynote.
This two-day conference will cover topics such as the future of Android, Android Wear, Glass, Project Tango, ART Compiler, developer tools for Android and Chrome, and so much more. And within all of the talks and events, there will be plenty for both developers and end users to enjoy. At this point, everyone who failed to get a ticket to I/O2014 is probably feeling a little left out. But fret not, as Google will be live streaming the event keynote and all of the sessions from the event webpage.
It’s time to start getting excited for I/O, folks–even if you can’t physically attend. To view all of the topics that will be available for live streaming, head over to the Google I/O 2014 schedule site and tick the live streaming option on the right hand side. And when the time finally comes, you’ll be able to stream from there directly–but don’t worry, we’ll remind you at that point as well.
What sessions are you looking forward to at this year’s I/O? Are you most excited about the changes to Android and the possible release of Android “L”, or are you more interested in the future of Project Tango, Android Wear, Glass, and other Google products? Share your thoughts in the comments below!