Everything Announced at Google I/O (Plus, Your Thoughts!)

By Kat Hannaford on at

A new-look Android. Android for your car. Android for your wrist. ANDROID FOR YOUR TV! It's Google annual I/O showcase, so step right in to see all of the announcements, plus your fellow readers' thoughts.


Android L Release Preview: Everything You Need to Know
It's been years since Google has given its Android platform as fresh a face as this. But today we got our first look at Android's next big shakeup. It doesn't have a name yet (lollipop?) but it's here to tie things together. Read More >



Google's Project Tango Will Power Augmented Reality Shopping
Google just announced a pretty impressive-looking retail experience powered by its Project Tango 3D mapping service. With help from aisle411 and Walgreens, the new augmented reality shopping technology will help you find products more efficiently. It sort of turns shopping into a video game. Read More >



Google's New Look for Android is Leaking Out Onto the Web Too
Google just showed off the new look that the next big release of Android--the "L" release--will have. But the new card-based look isn't just for your the operating system on your phone or tablet. It's going to leak out onto the web as well. Read More >


Google's moving towards more of an Apple-like release schedule.



Google's Project Volta Fights Dying Smartphone Batteries With Science
At Google I/O today, the search-and-everything-else giant unveiled a new mobile tool to help your smartphone survive to the end of the day. Say hello to Project Volta. Read More >


You can pre-order the first Android Wear devices today.



Android Auto Turns Your Dashboard Into an Android Device
As the rumours foretold, today at Google I/O we got a first look at Android Auto. The system uses your Android smartphone as the brain for an in-dash controlling navigation, music, and a whole host of other functions. In other words, your next new car might double as an Android accessory. Read More >



AndroidTV: Google's Bajillionth Attempt to Take Over Your Living Room
Meet AndroidTV: a new TV platform, like the failed Google TV. It's a brand new UI but it's the same SDK as regular Android. Read More >



Google's Getting its Own Android-Powered Game Consoles
Forget the Ouya, there's another Android game console in town, and it's coming from two of the biggest players in town. Read More >



Chromecast Will Get a Slew of Awesome New Features
Google has just revealed that its popular Chromecast dongle will soon receive a sizable boost in the number of apps it can support. What's more, the streaming device will also receive a personalized user home screen. Here's what's in store for your living room. Read More >


Chromebooks will be able to be unlocked by your phone



Google is Going to Bring Android Apps to Chrome(books)
With the upcoming L release of Android, Chromebooks are going to gain the superpower of being able to run (some) Android apps! Read More >


HTC will begin rolling out Android L update within 90 days of Google releasing it



Google Wants to Keep Track of Your Vitals with Google Fit
Going head-to-head with Apple's newly announced HealthKit, Google has just revealed Google Fit, a fitness tracking service service to call its very own. Read More >



Google Cardboard Turns Your Android Into a DIY Virtual Reality Headset
Want a virtual reality headset, but can't afford the hefty pricetag on most existing models (or to hold out for the future)? Google dropped an inexpensive solution today following its I/O keynote: Google Cardboard, an app that lets Android users transform their phones into VR headsets with the help of a DIY cardboard viewer. Read More >



What Material Design Means for the Future of Android
Today at Google I/O, we were introduced to a new design language called Material Design. It's Google's first design manifesto, and within it lies a message about how the company sees its users interacting with everything from watches to cars. Here's how to decode it. Read More >



LG G Watch Hands-On: A Smartwatch That Feels Like a Watch
Months after it was first announced, you'll finally be able to pre-order LG's Android Wear-powered G Watch for $229 (£135 directly converted) within the next 24 hours, I had the chance to handle the hardware for the first time. And, for the first time, I saw a true smartwatch that actually works like a watch. Read More >



LG G Watch Hands-On: A Smartwatch That Feels Like a Watch
Months after it was first announced, you'll finally be able to pre-order LG's Android Wear-powered G Watch for $229 (£135 directly converted) within the next 24 hours, I had the chance to handle the hardware for the first time. And, for the first time, I saw a true smartwatch that actually works like a watch. Read More >


Android Wear notifications will come to Google Glass



Moto 360 Hands-On: This Smartwatch Will Make You Swoon
We just went hands-on with Samsung's first Android Wear, the Gear Live. It was lovely and very promising. But then we just got to strap Motorola's Moto 360 on, and oh man, it's gorgeous. GORGEOUS. Here are our quick first impressions. Read More >



Android TV Hands-On: This is How Smart TVs Won't Be So Damn Dumb
For years, Google's been trying to plow its way onto your TV through flawed` external hardware, and today, it shifted its sights away from Google TV, and announced Android TV. It's the very simple way that Google is going to make your TV smart. Finally. Read More >