Original Link: http://www.anandtech.com/show/8206/google-io-2014-keynote-live-blog



08:38AM PDT - We just got seated

08:38AM PDT - and the wired ethernet is awesome: http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/3585449223

08:40AM PDT - I hear loud honking I have no idea what's going on

08:40AM PDT - I'm assuming there's some Android car thing happening

08:50AM PDT - Switching timezones to pacific, timestamps will change

08:54AM PDT - If you look at the top of the site you'll notice a new wearables tab, we're launching the section today in anticipation of a bunch of Android Wear news at IO

08:59AM PDT - Whew, the wired ethernet died for a moment but just came back

09:02AM PDT - Just got the 5 minute warning, starting soon!

09:04AM PDT - We're about to begin

09:07AM PDT - Lights dimmed, crowd is "wooing"

09:08AM PDT - There's some elaborate rube goldberg machine doing its thing on stage

09:08AM PDT - Definitely not live blogging all of the components of the machine

09:08AM PDT - Intro video starting

09:09AM PDT - "Every little bit matters, here's what you build next"

09:10AM PDT - Sundar Pichai, Android SVP on the stage

09:10AM PDT - Sundar is thanking developers for attending

09:10AM PDT - IO viewing parties in 85 countries

09:10AM PDT - Over 1 million people watching the livestream today

09:11AM PDT - Now showing us live feeds of the viewing parties around the world

09:12AM PDT - "Android and Chrome are built from the ground up for developers"

09:12AM PDT - Now talking about mobile momentum

09:12AM PDT - We will hear about Google evolving its platforms beyond mobile

09:13AM PDT - Over 315M smartphone shipments in Q4

09:13AM PDT - Now focusing on 30 day active Android users

09:13AM PDT - Over 1 billion 30-day active Android users as of this year's IO

09:14AM PDT - Over 20B text messages sent every day by Android users

09:14AM PDT - Over 93M selfies on Android devices every day

09:14AM PDT - 1.5 trillion steps per day

09:14AM PDT - Check their phones over 100 billion times each day

09:14AM PDT - Each important use case we are working on addressing and you'll hear about it today

09:14AM PDT - Steps, checking phones frequency, sounds like an Android Wear announcement

09:15AM PDT - Sundar is talking about smartphone use cases and experiences now

09:15AM PDT - Now shifting to tablets

09:16AM PDT - Android tablets accounted for 39% of all shipments 2 years ago, 46% last year, 62% this year

09:16AM PDT - Those numbers don't include Kindle

09:16AM PDT - YouTube tablet views on Android: 28% a year ago

09:16AM PDT - Now 42%

09:16AM PDT - Android app installs on tablets are up over 200% this year

09:17AM PDT - Now talking about reaching the next 5 billion mobile users

09:17AM PDT - Less than 10% of the population in India have access to smartphones

09:17AM PDT - android one

09:17AM PDT - new initiative to address this problem

09:18AM PDT - Hardware reference platforms

09:18AM PDT - Sounds like an entry level Android smartphone reference platform

09:18AM PDT - Software on Android One is the same as Stock Android with Play Auto installs and automatic updates

09:18AM PDT - All the Android One software comes from Google

09:19AM PDT - Just like with Nexus and GPe phones

09:19AM PDT - Micromax Android One, less than $100, dual SIM, 4.5" screen, FM Radio

09:19AM PDT - Starting in India, launching with 3 OEMs later this year

09:19AM PDT - Karbonn, micromax and spice

09:20AM PDT - This is like Nexus devices for the entry level smartphone market

09:20AM PDT - Now talking about evolving Android and Chrome

09:20AM PDT - Preview of Android L release

09:21AM PDT - L Developer Preview available later for download

09:21AM PDT - Sounds like today

09:21AM PDT - Wanted to rethink the user design experience in Android to have a fresh, bold and new look

09:21AM PDT - Matias Duarte is taking the stage to talk about design in Android L

09:21AM PDT - Android L: One consistent vision for mobile, desktop and beyond

09:22AM PDT - Wanted a design that's clean and simple

09:22AM PDT - What if pixels didn't just have color, but also depth

09:22AM PDT - "A way of thinking we call Material Design"

09:23AM PDT - Showing off the new design of Android L

09:23AM PDT - The design appears to be called Material

09:23AM PDT - Showing off new lighting and shadow effects

09:24AM PDT - App developers will be able to specify an elevation value for any UI surface

09:24AM PDT - The framework will handle perspective, light sources and real time shadows based on this elevation value

09:24AM PDT - App developers will be able to easily colorize all framework elements

09:24AM PDT - Palette can easily extract colors from images to help colorize the design of your app

09:26AM PDT - All UI building blocks have been updated to include animated touch feedback

09:26AM PDT - Android developers will now be able to create seamless animations between screens

09:26AM PDT - Definitely a huge focus on animations

09:26AM PDT - Showing off Gmail for L

09:28AM PDT - All of the Material design enhancements will also be available to Polymer for use in web development

09:28AM PDT - New unified style guidelines: http://www.google.com/design

09:28AM PDT - First draft of the new design guidelines released today as a part of the new L Developer Preview

09:28AM PDT - Now moving onto new features in Android L

09:29AM PDT - 5000+ new developer APIs

09:29AM PDT - Going to talk about UX and performance improvements

09:29AM PDT - Talking about the new animations supported by L

09:30AM PDT - Showing off the new Phone Dialer

09:30AM PDT - and the new ripple touch effect when you tap tabs and calls

09:30AM PDT - Smooth shadowed animations when you bring up the dialer

09:32AM PDT - Enhanced notifications

09:32AM PDT - N

09:33AM PDT - New lock screen notifications

09:33AM PDT - Merged lock screen and notification shade

09:33AM PDT - New type of notification: heads up notification

09:34AM PDT - Personal Unlocking

09:34AM PDT - Allows device to determine if it's in a trusted environment

09:34AM PDT - Based on BT devices that are visible, your voiceprint and location

09:35AM PDT - If your phone sees you're using a BT watch it thinks you're in a trusted environment and doesn't ask for an unlock code

09:35AM PDT - If the phone can no longer see your watch, Android L will prompt you for a pinlock

09:36AM PDT - 27M monthly active users of Chrome on mobile last year, now over 300M

09:37AM PDT - Now talking about bringing Material to the mobile web

09:37AM PDT - Demonstrating Google search results on the mobile web with Material deisgn

09:38AM PDT - Animations, colors, styling all leverage Material

09:38AM PDT - Fast, fluid 60 fps animations on the mobile web

09:38AM PDT - Google really wants to make Android's styling the default for the web as well as its own devices

09:39AM PDT - Redesigned recents multitasking in Android

09:39AM PDT - Chrome tabs are now included in the recents app list

09:40AM PDT - All individual Chrome tabs are listed in your recents view in Android L

09:40AM PDT - New API in L allows apps to populate multiple items in recents as well

09:41AM PDT - Recapping app indexing, giving access to app data through Google Search

09:42AM PDT - If your app requires a user sign in, you'll be able to use Google+ signin to have your public content visible on search

09:43AM PDT - Do not disturb mode, new quick settings also in L

09:44AM PDT - Moving onto Performance

09:44AM PDT - ART is the new runtime in L, supports ARM, x86 and MIPS

09:44AM PDT - Dalvik is done, L is exclusively ART

09:44AM PDT - Designed to support a mix of AOT, JIT and interpreted code

09:44AM PDT - Do I smell a 64-bit announcement?

09:44AM PDT - 2x improvement over Dalvik

09:45AM PDT - Brand new garbage collector and memory allocator

09:45AM PDT - GC pause time in Google Maps, reduced by about half

09:45AM PDT - ART is more memory efficient

09:45AM PDT - Smarter about background task memory management

09:46AM PDT - ART is fully 64-bit compatible

09:46AM PDT - ARMv8, x86-64 and MIPS 64

09:46AM PDT - Now talking about Graphics in L

09:47AM PDT - Android Extension Pack defined with Google, Qualcomm, ARM and NVIDIA

09:47AM PDT - adds support for tessellation, geometry shaders, compute shaders and ASTC

09:47AM PDT - Unreal Engine 4 running on Android L with NVIDIA tablet hardware

09:47AM PDT - This sounds like Google's solution to the OpenGL/OpenGL ES gap

09:49AM PDT - New high end Android tablets and phones running L this fall

09:49AM PDT - Now talking about battery life

09:49AM PDT - Project Volta

09:50AM PDT - Designed to optimize how the subsystems in the device are used to improve battery life

09:50AM PDT - Battery Historian lets you visualize battery use

09:50AM PDT - wow there's a protestor in front of the stage

09:51AM PDT - JobScheduler API to schedule intensive updates for when you're charging your phone or delay for other reasons

09:51AM PDT - New battery saver mode

09:53AM PDT - Nexus 5, Nexus 7 L release out tomorrow morning

09:53AM PDT - H.265 support coming in L it looks like

09:53AM PDT - Sundar is back on stage

09:54AM PDT - Wow, not subtle dig at Apple introducing custom keyboards and widgets

09:55AM PDT - 93% of Android users are on the latest version of Google Play Services across all versions of Android

09:55AM PDT - Google Play Services ship every 6 weeks

09:55AM PDT - Less than half a percent of Android users run into Malware issues

09:55AM PDT - Security patches are now pushed out via Play Services

09:56AM PDT - With L users have full control to disable their phones via factory reset protection

09:56AM PDT - With L Google has a centralized setting, universal data controls, for users to manage privacy

09:56AM PDT - and manage things like location history and everything else that's shared with apps

09:57AM PDT - Google wants the multiscreen experience (phone, TV, watch, etc..) to be contextually aware, voice enabled

09:57AM PDT - seamless between devices

09:58AM PDT - Talking about wearables now

09:58AM PDT - Android Wear preview launched 3 months ago

09:58AM PDT - Time for the update on Android Wear

09:59AM PDT - Android Wear supports both square and circular screens

10:00AM PDT - people check their phones 125 times every day, Android Wear is designed to help reduce this number

10:00AM PDT - Live demo of LG G Watch

10:01AM PDT - Notifications are forwarded to your watch, swiping up/down navigates through cards on the watch - swipe left/right to go through pages within an app

10:02AM PDT - Clearing notifications on your watch clears them on your phone as well

10:02AM PDT - Multiple watch faces

10:02AM PDT - Demonstrating Google Now integration into Android Wear

10:03AM PDT - Google Talk notifications on Android Wear as well

10:03AM PDT - Apps stay in sync between watch and phone

10:04AM PDT - Can add quick notes from your watch to your phone

10:05AM PDT - Can swipe to reject calls from your watch or swipe up to respond with a predefined SMS

10:05AM PDT - Downward swipe on the watch triggers do not disturb mode on the phone

10:05AM PDT - Can launch music playback on your phone via the watch

10:05AM PDT - Playback controls exposed on the watch

10:06AM PDT - Can set alarms on your phone via your Android wear device

10:06AM PDT - Can show flight boarding passes on your Android Wear device

10:07AM PDT - Pedometer, pedometer history and heart rate checking all supported on Android Wear devices with proper hardware

10:07AM PDT - Talking about Android Wear capabilities for developers

10:08AM PDT - Giving examples of how developers can use Android Wear

10:09AM PDT - Full Android Wear SDK available today

10:10AM PDT - Can write code to run directly on the wearable itself

10:10AM PDT - Most Android APIs available on Android Wear as well

10:10AM PDT - Going over Android Wear apps that 3rd party developers have built

10:11AM PDT - When a watch is connected to your phone, any apps on your phone with a wearable component are automatically installed on the phone and kept up to date

10:13AM PDT - All Android Wear devices we're talking about today are water resistant

10:13AM PDT - Using Android Wear to car a Lyft car

10:14AM PDT - call a Lyft car

10:14AM PDT - You can see when your car has arrived, rate your driver as well

10:14AM PDT - all from your wrist

10:14AM PDT - LG G Watch available to order later today on the play store

10:14AM PDT - Samsung is the Android Wear family as well

10:15AM PDT - Gear Live, also available to order later today

10:15AM PDT - Moto 360 available for sale later this summer

10:15AM PDT - Moving on to bringing Android to the car

10:16AM PDT - In the US the average commuter spends over 1 hour in the car every day

10:16AM PDT - 25% of accidents in the US are caused by people fumbling with gadgets behind the wheel

10:17AM PDT - announcing Android Auto

10:17AM PDT - Android Auto puts navigation, communication and streaming music front and center

10:17AM PDT - Android Auto is completely voice enabled

10:19AM PDT - Phone casts Android experience to the in car display

10:19AM PDT - Apps run on the phone and are cast to the car

10:20AM PDT - Google Play music integration, voice and steering wheel controls are available

10:21AM PDT - Now demonstrating Google Maps for Android Auto

10:21AM PDT - Also fully voice enabled

10:22AM PDT - Incoming messages appear as heads up notifications

10:22AM PDT - Can reply to messages with voice too

10:23AM PDT - Android Auto SDK

10:23AM PDT - Full set of APIs for audio and messaging apps

10:25AM PDT - Android Auto SDK published soon

10:25AM PDT - Android Auto experience will be available with the L release later this year

10:25AM PDT - First cars with Android Auto will be rolling off dealer lots by the end of this year

10:26AM PDT - Now moving on to Android in the living room

10:26AM PDT - Here comes the TV announcements

10:26AM PDT - Talking about the fragmentation in the TV OS market

10:27AM PDT - Announcing Android TV

10:27AM PDT - Not a new platform, just giving TV the same attention as phones and tablets

10:27AM PDT - One Android SDK for all form factors

10:27AM PDT - Android TV requires just a d-pad and support for voice input, can be virtual

10:28AM PDT - Early look at TV support being added to L developer preview

10:29AM PDT - Core search functionality built directly into Android TV, powered by voice

10:31AM PDT - Running more voice driven Android TV demos

10:31AM PDT - Now showing off Android TV apps

10:31AM PDT - L supports a lean back experience to help in building 10-foot UIs

10:32AM PDT - Google Play movies app: One APK for TV, phones and tablets

10:32AM PDT - You can use your Android Wear watch as a d-pad if you don't have your remote handy

10:33AM PDT - Now talking about games on Android TV

10:33AM PDT - 3 out of 4 Android users are playing games

10:34AM PDT - Can play multiplayer games across devices

10:35AM PDT - Android TV includes full Google Cast support so you can use it like a Chromecast

10:36AM PDT - Google Play TV store will officially open in the fall

10:36AM PDT - Android TV is designed for TVs, set top boxes and gaming boxes

10:36AM PDT - Entire 2015 HD/4K ranges from Sony and HD ranges from Sharp and Phillips will run Android TV

10:37AM PDT - ASUS and RAZR launching Android TV boxes this fall

10:37AM PDT - Intel, Qualcomm, Mediatek and NVIDIA are all Android TV partners

10:37AM PDT - http://developer.android.com/tv

10:37AM PDT - Now moving onto talking about Google Cast/Chromecast developments

10:38AM PDT - Chromecast has sold millions of devices, consistently outsold other set top boxes

10:39AM PDT - YouTube sees more active engagement on Chromecast than on any other TV streaming product

10:40AM PDT - Today announcing new discovery experiences for Chromecast apps

10:40AM PDT - http://www.chromecast.com/apps or via the Chromecast app on your device

10:41AM PDT - New feature: others can cast to your TV without being on the same WiFi network

10:41AM PDT - Cast button now lets you connect to nearby Chromecast devices even if you're not on the same network

10:42AM PDT - Authenticates users in the same room as the Chromecast

10:42AM PDT - If the Chromecast can't automatically find you, a pin will be displayed on the screen

10:42AM PDT - You always have control over who has control to your TV

10:42AM PDT - Feature will be rolled out to Android later this year

10:43AM PDT - New Google Cast Ambient experience, called Backdrop

10:43AM PDT - Supported by Android and iOS

10:43AM PDT - You can now add personal photos to the ambient feed

10:44AM PDT - Can include artwork, news, weather and satellite photos of places

10:45AM PDT - All content is curated to ensure only high quality and safe images are displayed

10:45AM PDT - You can use google voice search on your mobile device to explain what's being displayed on your chromecast

10:45AM PDT - "What's on my chrome cast"

10:46AM PDT - New Google Cast feature that lets you mirror any Android device to your TV

10:46AM PDT - Built our own protocol to reduce latency and ensure smooth operation

10:47AM PDT - Casting the camera app from an Android phone to the Chromecast

10:48AM PDT - Sundar is back on stage, probably ending soon

10:48AM PDT - Laptop update

10:49AM PDT - 8 OEMs making 15 Chrome devices in 28 countries

10:49AM PDT - All 10 of the top 10 highest rated laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks

10:49AM PDT - 6x growth in the number of Chromebooks in K12 schools in the US

10:50AM PDT - Want to improve Chromebook/Android interoperability

10:50AM PDT - Every time you approach your Chromebook and your phone is with you we will automatically unlock your Chromebook and automatically sign you in to your favorite apps/services

10:50AM PDT - Same Google Now cards on your phone appear on your Chromebook as well

10:50AM PDT - incoming call notifications now appear on Chromebook

10:50AM PDT - Same for text messages

10:51AM PDT - Low battery notifications for your phone appear on your Chromebook as well

10:52AM PDT - Google will be enabling Android apps to run on Chromebooks

10:52AM PDT - Early demo of it now

10:53AM PDT - Showing off Vine and Flipboard Android apps running on Chrome OS

10:53AM PDT - This is huge for improving Chrome OS

10:55AM PDT - With Android L, Google is adding a bunch of APIs to unify work/person app experiences on the same device

10:55AM PDT - Underlying data separation

10:55AM PDT - Personal data is isolated from corporate and vice versa

10:55AM PDT - No modification needed for existing apps

10:56AM PDT - Will also work on prior versions of Android

10:56AM PDT - Samsung is contributing all of its Knox work to Android so there's one consistent story

10:56AM PDT - Certified Android for Work program

10:57AM PDT - Native Office Editing available within Google Docs suite of editors

10:58AM PDT - No longer convert Word files into Docs formats, opened and saved as native Word files

10:58AM PDT - You can always convert to Google Docs format if you want

10:59AM PDT - Google Drive has over 190M 30-day active users

11:00AM PDT - Unlimited storage for $10/user per month

11:01AM PDT - Now switching gears to talking about developer success

11:01AM PDT - Playing a video of developer success stories

11:05AM PDT - Video is done, now talking about building apps that can scale

11:08AM PDT - Secret, with a single backend developer built an app that saw over 1000x growth in the last two months

11:09AM PDT - Another protestor

11:10AM PDT - Ok protestor silenced, back to Google Cloud platform demos

11:14AM PDT - Showing off cloud tracing

11:17AM PDT - Cloud Monitoring, includes alerting support

11:18AM PDT - Now talking about data and analytics

11:19AM PDT - Announcing Cloud Dataflow - result of over a decade of experience in analytics

11:20AM PDT - Demo time, analyzing millions of tweets per world cup match to determine sentiment

11:21AM PDT - Dataflow API provides a simple mechanism to do one to many data transforms

11:22AM PDT - Sorry, not much to live blog here

11:25AM PDT - Demo over

11:27AM PDT - Now moving on to Google Play

11:28AM PDT - Appurify is joining Google

11:28AM PDT - Appurify is a mobile cloud testing service

11:30AM PDT - Appurify will continue to be cross platform on iOS and Android, available as a freemium service

11:30AM PDT - Google Fit Platform Preview

11:30AM PDT - Single set of APIs to manage fitness data from apps and sensors from both cross platform devices and wearables

11:32AM PDT - Nike is allowing other apps and fitness devices to integrate with Nike Fuel through this API

11:33AM PDT - Now moving on to talking about Google Play and Google Play Games

11:33AM PDT - GPG has activated over 100M new users in the past 6 months

11:33AM PDT - New game profile

11:34AM PDT - Users will be able to see bookmarks of their progress in the Play Games app

11:34AM PDT - Google can automate the creation of achievement quests as well, called Quests

11:35AM PDT - Features will roll out soon in the next update of Google Play Services and the Play Games app

11:35AM PDT - Moving onto discussing monetization

11:36AM PDT - Direct carrier billing for tablets

11:36AM PDT - Done with Google Play, Sundar is back on stage

11:36AM PDT - 2:36 into the keynote now, man these things are intense

11:36AM PDT - Over $5B has been paid out from Google Play to developers since last year's Google IO

11:37AM PDT - Now talking about the giveaway swag

11:37AM PDT - Everyone is getting a piece of cardboard

11:38AM PDT - Each attendee gets a choice of the LG G watch or the Samsung Gear Live

11:38AM PDT - Each attendee gets a Motorola 360 when it's available

11:38AM PDT - The crowd clearly cares about the Moto 360

11:39AM PDT - And we're done! Thanks for following!

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