Samsung's Gear Live was a surprise addition to the Android Wear lineup at Google I/O 2014, but with its roots firmly in the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Neo it's no great stretch for the Korean giant. As with Motorola and LG's watches, Google and its partners are playing things close to its chest when it comes to actually playing with the new smartwatch platform, but that doesn't mean I couldn't draw some early conclusions from my hands-on time.
Google’s mobile operating system Android has been given an upgrade this week, moving from codeword "KitKat" to Android "L". Today we’re exploring what’s involved in Android L, showing especially what this new version of the software will look like to you, the end user. Android L is built with a new Google-made aesthetic called "Material", this replacing the "Holo" aesthetic present in the last several versions of the software.
It can be tough to get excited sometimes in the consumer tech world, particularly in the "me-too" wearables segment, but MOTO 360 stands out like a concept made real. Motorola's Android Wear smartwatch will follow on behind LG and Samsung's models, and isn't due until sometime over the summer, but from my first impressions here at Google I/O it may well prove worth waiting for.
One of the strangest hand-outs Google’s ever given to developers at Google I/O has been delivered today: a piece of cardboard. This cardboard folds out and works with a couple of lenses to deliver a sort of DIY-headset that sets your smartphone directly in front of your eyes. Even if you’re not amongst those lucky enough to get one of these oddities at Google I/O this week, you can make your own now.
Nike has opened up its Fuel fitness metric to Google's new Google Fit platform, the search giant's take on Apple's HealthKit. The move, which follows Nike opening Nike+ to HealthKit as well as the sports company hedges its bets in the health wearable space, will allow Android users to integrate their Fuel scores into an overall fitness plan.
This year’s Google I/O 2014 is bringing on the wearables with Android Wear - but more important than that for active lifestyle enthusiasts may be the software that’ll make their actions take hold in Android like never before. With Google Fit, developers will be able to work with an Android-based single location for a user’s fitness. You, the user, will have a central console for your health.
It would seem that Google is taking their office fight to their biggest competitor right where it hurts - in several of the biggest enterprise sectors. Google let it be known this week that with Google Drive for Work, they’ve brought on encryption in transit and on-server, audit and activity APIs, and enhanced admin controls, all a part of their plan to continue pulling enterprise customers away from Microsoft’s Office suite.
Android TV was announced at Google I/O today, but it’s not what many were expecting. While there is a hardware need, we’re not getting proprietary hardware. Android TV will need to be baked right into the TV, much like we find with other living room OS experiences. How will games work, though? We’ll tell you.