4Google TV in the Works
Google’s upcoming set-top TV box, which can be used in concert with the popular Google Chromecast dongle (the $35 plug-in that is now the biggest-selling IT item on Amazon.com), is expected to become generally available this fall. The company demonstrated how it will look on big screens June 25 at Google I/O.
5New Looks for Android Smartphone Interfaces
Google is getting much more specific about the user experience in Android 4.4 (which uses the revamped Android L code). For example, various tasks lined up on a phone now overlap slightly and are 3D in appearance on the screen, adding a richer look overall. The action is faster, Google claims; colors and themes continue from device to device, and a touch of the screen elicits a “water drop in the pond”-type effect.
6Big Data Analytics Delivers via Mobile Devices
7Topical Big Data Queries on World Cup Action
On-demand research to solve business problems and/or predict important trends is a huge topic in enterprise IT, and Google is right in the middle of it, with its own apps for this purpose. A good use-case example of how this works is here at this World Cup booth, where queries such as “What are the chances U.S. goalie Tim Howard will let a shot go by him?” were entered. One answer: 20 to 1.
8Google ‘Car’ Exposed to the World
If you haven’t yet seen a Google automated automobile driving down the street or highway, well, they don’t look like this. This mockup was onstage at Google I/O for photo opportunity purposes. There were several real Android-equipped cars in the conference center to check out, but no real driverless cars were in evidence; those are still kept under wraps.
9Introducing Android One
10Watch Out, iPad
Microsoft, with its Lync connectivity, has a head start on connected automobiles, but Android appears to be a game competitor. Google now has partnerships with about three-dozen car and truck makers globally to install Android PCs in their vehicles.