New Features Announced for the Android/Google Platform
- Honeycomb 3.1
- Ice Cream Sandwich: One Android OS Everywhere -Release Q4 2011-
- Movie Rentals: Apps for tablets, phones and computer. Watch movies anywhere
- Music beta "Cloud"
- Google now working with companies to receive timely updates to phones within the first 18 months or as long as the hardware allows it
- Android Open Accessory Kit: Allows third party hardware to allow phones/android devices to be compatible with various devices
- Android@Home: Allows Android devices to connect with any appliance at your house, even non-wireless products. Allows the "Cloud" to sync with various devices at your house.
Live Stream here: YouTube - GoogleDevelopers's Channel
Ice Cream Sandwich: One Android OS Everywhere
Google today officially announced at Google IO the next iteration of Android, labeled Ice Cream Sandwich. This is going to be an operating system combining the tablet OS and the phone OS. It is being called the one operating system that manufacturers will be able to put on any device.
Google showed off a range of devices that are currently running Android and the need for one OS to be able to power any form factor.
Ice Cream Sandwich will be released in Q4.
Source: Ice Cream Sandwich officially announced, coming in Q4 | Android Central
Google announces a team that will create guidelines for device updates
Rejoice! Google has announced that they are putting together a team of people from many of our favorite carriers and OEMs, to commit to bringing the latest Android updates to users devices. These new guidelines will be constructed by folks from Verizon, HTC, Samsung, Sprint, Sony Ericsson, LG, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Motorola, AT&T and, of course, Google.
According to Google, new devices will receive the latest updates for 18 months after their release -- if the hardware allows.
SOURCE: Google announces a team that will create guidelines for device updates | Android Central
Movies now available to rent from Android Market
Google just announced at IO that they are adding the ability to rent through the Android Market. The Market added Books not too long ago, and Movies looks to follow in the same way.
Users will be able to rent movies for 30 days through the Market and stream to your device. If you don't want to stream the movies, a playback option called 'pinning' will allow you to watch when you have no connectivity. Any movie you rent will be available on all your devices and the web to watch instantly.
There will be Movies app for tablets starting with Android 3.1 and phones with 2.2 in 'a few weeks'.
Music Beta by Google page now live, accepting invite requests [Update: Music app now in the Market]
One rumor that has been going around for a while is a cloud-based music service by Google. It's being reported that we may hear something about that during the keynote this morning. To add more truth to that, the Music Beta by Google page just went live a few minutes ago and is currently accepting invite requests. You can't pull up the "about" page yet, but we expect it'll be up shortly (say within the next 2 hours).
Head on over to Music Beta if you're interested in the service.
Update: There appears to be a Music App in the Market now. We don't have any info on what the service will entail, but you can go grab it from the links after the break.
SOURCE: Music Beta by Google page now live, accepting invite requests [Update: Music app now in the Market] | Android Central
Android Honeycomb to get updated to 3.1, will bring Google TV support and much more
If you bought a Google TV upon launch and have been anxiously awaiting an update that would allow for better support overall from the Android experience, your prayers have been answered with some new news from Google I/O. Honeycomb will be receiving an update to 3.1 which will also be rolling out to Google TV soon. This will allow for market support, and much more from your Google TV. In addition to having market access there will be USB hub support, so if you want to add a full size keyboard, a gaming controller or anything else you will be able to with full support. Finally, Google TV is becoming more of what we had anticipated, and even more!
Verizon Xoom will receive the update today
SOURCE: Android Honeycomb to get updated to 3.1, will bring Google TV support and much more | Android Central