Google I/O 2014 - Google took some time out of its important, and feature-packed Google I/O conference to talk about its cloud storage service: Google Drive.
Google Drive is now the cloud home to over 190 million monthly active users. Google Drive is an incredibly important part of Google, something that I've been using and pushing for quite sometime. Google had some interesting numbers to share, with 67 out of 100 start-ups using Google, versus Microsoft Office. When it comes to the Fortune 500 list, 58% of them are using Google services, and education wise, 72 of the top 100 universities have moved over to Google.
Google I/O 2014 - The L release of Android is getting a good tease at Google I/O, with the next iteration of Google's mobile OS fusing together the world of personal and corporate smartphones - seeing the same applications installed on both.
Within the OS, there is still data separation, so your personal data doesn't mix with the important work data. This will pave the way for the bulk deployment of apps too, which will make the lives of IT support staff that much easier. Samsung has worked closely with Google on this, with Google thanking Samsung for its contribution on their work on Knox.
Google I/O 2014 - You may not own a Chromebook personally, but Google is doing big things with its notebook platform. Google has 15 devices available in 28 countries right now, with many more planned for the future.
Google has said that ten of the top ten highest-rated laptops on Amazon right now are Chromebooks, an impressive statistic. When it comes to education, Google has seen a huge 600% growth in K-12 schools across the United States.
Google I/O 2014 - There's an update coming out later in the year, which will allow you to use your Chromecast to blast your screen on your smartphone, to your TV.
You can mirror anything on the TV, including the camera app if that's what you wish. LG, HTC and Samsung will be supporting it, with a slew of smartphones to work with this technology, and many more to come.
Google I/O 2014 - Google just announced the impressive looking Android TV at Google I/O, but one of the bigger announcements that didn't seem to get much attention was who Google were working with.
Google will have Android TV powering the entire 2015 lineup of HD and UHD smart TV ranges from Sony, Sharp, TP Vision and Philips. Sony is a big partner here, and seems to be center stage for the Android TV platform. I'm excited to see what Sony can pull off with Android TV with its future HD and UHD sets.
Razer and ASUS will also be making Android TV-powered streaming boxes, which is another interesting thing to see.
Google I/O 2014 - Something that has been rumored for quite a while now, has just been confirmed at Google I/O: Android TV. Android TV will support inputs from HDMI, receivers, and more, and will have an application available for your phone.
The home screen will overlay over the top of whatever is playing, be it a TV show or movie. Google seems to have absolutely nailed the user interface, with something that is simple, yet slick. It's not all about movies and TV though, as there will be apps and games, too. You can speak into your smartphone searching for stuff, with the responses turning up on Android TV - a nice touch.
An Android Wear-powered smartwatch can even control Android TV, something I'm sure you didn't expect, but will welcome. Games on Android TV are also something that can work incredibly well, with gamepads being supported (which ones, we don't know yet).
Google I/O 2014 - Google has just announced what we've all been waiting for, Android Auto. Android Auto has seen Google "redesign the Android platform for automotive". Android Auto does pretty much everything, with navigation, communication and music being "front and center".
Android Auto is "contextually aware" and is of course, voice-enabled. An Android-powered smartphone can "cast" up onto the Android Auto screen, and is also compatible with steering wheel buttons, dials, and more. Android Auto features five tabs, from left-to-right we have: navigation, phone, Home, Music and an as-yet unidentified tab.
Google I/O 2014 - There's a meme here, surely? I don't always order pizza, but when I do, it's from my smartwatch. Well, Google did just that at Google I/O when it showed off the Moto 360 smartwatch.
The Moto 360 smartwatch is powered by Google's upcoming Android Wear OS, which has some nifty tricks up its sleeve. Whenever you update an application on your smartphone, the smartwatch will update the counterpart app on your smartphone. But ordering a pizza from what your watch? Now that is something I've never seen before.
The Moto 360 will be available for sale later in the summer, but Google also took the time at the event to announce that LG's G Watch will be available to order later today from the Play Store.
Google Glass isn't exactly widespread in adoption just yet, mostly due to the high price of the wearable device. That doesn't mean that other electronics firms aren't looking to challenge Google in that market. Lenovo has filed a patent app for a Glass competitor called Electronic Device and Sound Capturing Method.
Art with the patent makes it clear that Lenovo is looking at a wearable device looking very much like Glass, even if the name of the patent doesn't hint at a wearable device. Lenovo's patent shows an audio and video recorder and VOD displays.
The patent also lists bone conduction microphones in the earpieces and wireless communications. Descriptions in the patent app call the product out as a recording device, which is apparently a way for Lenovo to try to avoid suits from Google. There is no indication of if this product will come to market.
Google I/O 2014 - Google's upcoming L series of Android will feature a "factory reset protection" feature, which will allow users to remotely wipe their device in the event that it is stolen.
Not only that, but the upcoming release of Android will also feature Malware Protection, and Security Patches through Play Services. The more and more time that goes past with Android, the more it becomes a much stronger OS. We will have more details on the L release of Android hopefully very soon.