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Google I/O 2014: 10 Big Developments

Google unveiled everything from Android to wearable news at its annual developers show. Here are the developments that matter most.
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Android One 

Sundar Pichai announced Google's Android One initiative, which is designed to bring 'high-quality, affordable smartphones' to billions of potential customers in developing nations. By developing a set of hardware reference platforms, Google plans to create a 'turnkey solution' for OEMs in these markets, said Pichai. It's developing the first Android One device with Micromax, a mobile handset manufacturer in India. Expected to cost less than $100 when it ships this fall, this handset will feature a 4.5-inch display, dual SIMs, a removable SD card, and an FM radio. It will run a stock version of Android, but OEMs will be able to add 'locally relevant' apps. 
Google's motivations here aren't purely altruistic, as the company needs inexpensive, quality handsets to expand its mobile search business globally. But whatever the machinations behind Android One, the project sounds like good news for consumers in emerging markets.

Android One
Sundar Pichai announced Google's Android One initiative, which is designed to bring "high-quality, affordable smartphones" to billions of potential customers in developing nations. By developing a set of hardware reference platforms, Google plans to create a "turnkey solution" for OEMs in these markets, said Pichai. It's developing the first Android One device with Micromax, a mobile handset manufacturer in India. Expected to cost less than $100 when it ships this fall, this handset will feature a 4.5-inch display, dual SIMs, a removable SD card, and an FM radio. It will run a stock version of Android, but OEMs will be able to add "locally relevant" apps.

Google's motivations here aren't purely altruistic, as the company needs inexpensive, quality handsets to expand its mobile search business globally. But whatever the machinations behind Android One, the project sounds like good news for consumers in emerging markets.

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mejiac
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mejiac,
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7/30/2014 | 3:14:24 PM
Re: Always a step ahead
"Let's hope Google makes this device available to everyone anywhere, not just abroad.",

Agreed, which is one of the reason I greatly support Google, since most of the products they provide are never locked down, on the contrary, they're made so that anyone can use and tweek them.
Rhoughton
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7/27/2014 | 10:19:14 AM
Re: Always a step ahead
"Android One initiative, which is designed to bring "high-quality, affordable smartphones" to billions of potential customers in developing nations." All this r&d is not just helping developing nations. Every developed nation has a third world developing nation within itself , which runs around 30% in the US,of A. This "developing class" also extends itself to children and adolescents and their schools that have great learning needs for access to the "infinite textbook and composition tool" of the 21st century. Let's hope Google makes this device available to everyone anywhere, not just abroad.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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7/2/2014 | 9:13:41 AM
Re: Always a step ahead
Well....let's look at some examples:

 

Chrome OS...the concept of a laptop that has minimun hardware requirements so get online and work mostly on the cloud

 

Google Glasses,

Google self driving car

 

All projects that can be a hit or miss, but it's R&D that can lead to other product sping off/discoveries
Kefka Pelazzo
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7/2/2014 | 5:21:22 AM
Re: Always a step ahead
Really? A step ahead? Cause Apple didn't announce CarPlay last year. ;)

And how's that 64 bit support coming along?
mejiac
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mejiac,
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6/29/2014 | 3:42:09 PM
Always a step ahead
Great article Jeff,

This is why I alway say that Google is one of those companies that is not only a step ahead, but the rest of the industry either follows in there steps or tries desperately to play catch up.

Like you mention, some Google projects fail, but it does provide leassons learned that I can bet have provide other projects to be succesful.
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6/29/2014 | 7:28:06 AM
Glass & Nexus
I was expecting some news abnout Google Glass and Nexus. Did I miss on it, or there was no mention about it ?
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6/29/2014 | 7:18:11 AM
Volta
Every other smart phone user is complaining about battery being driained quickly. I think there are apps having features like Volta already there in the market. Volta can be of great help for all Android users.
H@mmy
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6/29/2014 | 7:04:04 AM
Android L
Being an Android developer, I am looking forward to Material Design. I hope this can bring great improvements to Android app's UI. Nice step by Google.
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