These tech travel gadgets are not only fun and useful, they can help make travel safer and easier.
Infographic courtesy of: Allianz.
From our homes to the high street, modern perceptions of luxury have been growing steadily more reliant on technology.
Here are three examples of how technology is enriching the leisurely and luxurious side of our lives:
In the current era of self-service, D-I-Y supermarket checkouts and online airport check-ins have become increasingly routine and effective for time-saving. Self-service has also been introduced to bars, because even though going to the pub is a social experience, nobody likes waiting to be served.
The introduction of self-service machines in bars means queuing for 20 minutes to buy a round of drinks is no longer necessary. The Thirsty Bear in Waterloo operates with iPad menus and two beer taps installed on each table – all the customer requires is a swipe card upon entry to keep a record of their bar tab.
Inamo, a restaurant in Soho, has also put service in the hands of their clientèle. The menu is projected onto a touch-pad or E-Table in front of diners, allowing them to order food and drink, learn more information about the local neighbourhood and even arrange a taxi ride home from the comfort of their table.
G2 Digital, the bespoke hardware solutions company behind the E-Table, say that the popularity of devices like iPads and smartphones have enabled the integration of modern technology into unlikely environments, and we can expect it to continue.
Having a home cinema is no longer reserved for rich households. Home projectors are now available in a range of sizes and prices to suit most requirements. In order to come as close as you can to the home cinema experience, swapping a TV for a projector may be the right option.
High definition now comes as standard for a projector at all cost levels, while the latest models come equipped to play ultra high-def 4K films and 3D movies.
Projectors are also being favoured in place of TV screens for public events. Thanks to the emergence of technical event production companies like Perception and their range of AV equipment, portable, low-cost and high-quality projectors are now a popular choice for business events, family celebrations and nightclubs.
Any space can be transformed into an event room, with the correct equipment and the advice of a good AV supplier.
The smart home is still in its early years, but it is already bursting with potential for technological innovation. Synchronisation between our lives and our homes will save us time, energy and money.
Nest Labs – acquired by Google in 2014 – have created a smart thermostat which adapts its heat settings to the homeowner’s weekly schedule and can be controlled remotely by a smartphone app.
Even one of the kitchen’s most basic appliances has been given the ‘smart’ treatment: what was once an ordinary kettle is now the iKettle. This clever appliance can be told, via a smartphone, to heat water to a specific temperature and will alert the user’s smartphone when it is ready for pouring or in need of refilling.
Smart home technology is a rapidly growing industry: the British Smart Homes Sector is valued at somewhere between £910m and £975m according to a report by the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association.
2014 has been a great year for us gadget lovers. A bunch of powerful smartphones that truly blurred the line between computers and phones released this year, like the Samsung Note 4, the iPhone 6 and the HTC One M8. We also got to see what gaming is going to be like in the years to come with the release of the next-gen gaming consoles, namely the Xbox One and PS4.
However, 2014 will probably go down in history for being the year when Wearables – wearable technology- went mainstream. First Google Glass and now dashing wearable smart watches have people lining up in front of retail stores for their fix of the latest technology.
A lot of wearable watches were released this year, but we’re most interested in three that are making the most waves: the Motorola 360, the Apple Watch and Microsoft Band. It essentially boils down to a war between the mega corporations that back them – Google, Apple and Microsoft- each looking to take over and dominate the wearable market for years to come.
In this article, we’re going to compare these three powerhouse wearables and see if one of them is clearly better than the other two:
The MS Band, as a fitness watch, has a utilitarian design. It comes in a single color, black, and has a body made of thermal plastic elastomer. The MS Band weighs 60 grams and has straps adjustable to three sizes: small, medium, and large.
The Apple Watch is fashion statement as well as an accessory. It comes in three collections: Watch Sport, Watch and Watch Edition. These collections contain 6 stylish models in total: Stainless Steel, 18-Karat Gold, Space Grey Aluminum, Silver Aluminum, 18-Karat Rose Gold and Space Black Stainless Steel. You can buy the Apple watch in two sizes 42mm and 38mm.
The Moto 360 is also a very stylish watch. It is available in two colors: grey leather and black leather. It’s encased in high-quality stainless steel and weighs just 49g.
In the looks department, Apple Watch and Moto 360 win over the MS Band.
The MS Band has a 1.4 inch tiny, rectangular TFT display screen, which comes out to 0.43 inches x 0.30 inches. It supports a resolution of 320 x 106.
The Apple Watch has an almost-square display screen at 1.5 in x 1.65 inches. The screen features Apple’s Retina HD display and a scratch-resistant sapphire layer. You can get a toughened display if you get the sports version.
The Moto 360 is round where the other two are square-ish. It features a LCD screen that is 1.5inches in diameter. The watch supports a resolution of 320 x 290 at 205 ppi.
All three watches offer good display screens at great resolutions. Again, the MS Band has a smaller, more utilitarian display screen, while the other two devices have bigger ones. This one comes down to personal preference – round vs. square.
Processing Power and Memory
The MS Band runs on the ARM Cortex M4 MCU processor with 64MB internal storage. That’s all the specs we can bring you at the moment.
The Apple Watch has a custom-made powerful S1 processor inside it, with a rumored 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage. There may be two different storage sizes offered by the company.
The Moto 360 runs on an OMAP 3 processor with 512MB Ram and 4GB internal storage, very comparable to the Apple Watch.
Again, here, the MS Band falls behind the other two if you go by memory. 64MB won’t let you store any of your songs on it.
Operating System and Compatibility
The MS Band runs the Windows 8 operating system. It is compatible with Windows, Android, as well as iOS operating systems. Windows phone owners will get access to Cortana through MS Band. You don’t need a smartphone to use MS Band, though you won’t get access to all its features.
The Apple Watch will only be compatible with iPhones, and only the newer ones. If you own an iPhone 5 or a newer model, you can use the Apple Watch.
The Moto 360 works only with Android smartphones running Android 4.3 KitKat or above.
The MS Band wins the compatibility battle hands down. It also scores extra points for not needing you to carry a smartphone for it to work – though it works better with one.
The MS Band has a 100mAh battery that will last up to 48 hours between charges. It can be fully charged in just about 90 minutes.
Apple hasn’t released details about the battery life on the Apple Watch, though the company has admitted users will probably have to recharge it daily.
The Moto 360 has a 320mAh battery that will last a single day, at the most, between charges.
The MS Band wins the battery life battle, though it does not have an especially powerful battery.
The MS Band is primarily meant to be a fitness watch, with features geared towards fitness. The Apple Watch and the Moto 360 are meant to be extensions for your smartphone, though they do have fitness related apps like Apple Health and Google’s Fit. All three watches have a slew of sensors that can track your heartbeat, fitness levels in general and movement. They also have features to notify you when you get messages, emails, or calls.
Which watch has the most features? All 3 have similar features and we think it comes down personal preference here.
The MS Band will set you back by $199.99. The price includes a bunch of in-box accessories, like a USB charging cable.
The Moto 360 will cost you $250 if you buy it with leather straps. With metal straps, it will cost you about $300. Metal straps can be bought separately for $79.99 and leather straps $39.99.
The Apple Watch starts at $349, but Apple hasn’t divulged the final pricing details just yet. We will have to pay extra for straps.
The MS Band and the Moto 360 are significantly cheaper than the Apple Watch.
If you’re looking for a watch that can help you track your fitness and is light on your wallet, go for the MS Band.
If you’re looking for a watch that makes a style statement and can add functionality to your smartphone, both the Moto 360 and the Apple Watch would have you covered.
We hear the Apple Watch will have a delayed release, so you’ll probably have to choose between the MS Band and the Moto 360 for now.
Nowadays, there are technologies with overlapping software and systems support and the usage of Internet in all facets of our life are also going to impact the tech trends of the future. In the past few years, we have seen an exponential rise in mobile and cloud-based implementation and it is only expected to increase, due to the rising usage of smartphones.
Here are the top 8 technology trends, which have the potential to have a profound impact on users and enterprise.
This infographic by hostt.com presents interesting insights about the emerging trends that are going to have a progressive and definite impact on our tech future.
Wearable technology has steadily been going mainstream, especially over these past two years. In fact, if you go by market figures, wearable technology may be the next big thing- just like smartphones were in 2008.To put it into perspective, the market value of wearable tech was a measly 6.3 million in 2010. In 2014, this valuegrew by leaps and bounds to reach a staggering (estimated) $ 5.1 billion.
A lot of money is going into research and development of wearable tech as well. Several companies have come up with a slew of outstanding wearable gadgets this year. Here’s a preview of 10 upcoming wearable technology gadgets that you can expect in 2014:
Google Glass is, perhaps, the most looked-forward to gadget of 2014. Google Glass is still in open beta until the end of the year, but you can purchase it if you have a US shipping address and are over 18 years of age. The glasses are made of feather-light titanium. Google Glass can do a lot of amazing things, like record videos and click photos and reply to emails and texts with just voice commands. It also lets you listen to music, helps keep you fit through apps and help you find your way with Google Now.
Avegant Glyph is a revolutionary portable personal theater system that is built into a pair of wearable headphones. The band of the headphones flips to cover your eyes and videos are beamed directly onto your retina using Virtual Retinal Display technology. This makes for the sharpest, clearest and most colorful images you can hope to see digitally. The mobile theater system also includes premium 3D audio for an immersive experience.
The Polar V800 Wristband debuted early this year at the CES show. Polar V800 Wristband is a sports watch designed for professional athletes or people serious about their fitness. The watch can track your speed, distance covered and routetaken. It can help you plan and design a fitness regimen as well.
Get the Polar V800 Wristband here.
The Intel Edison is a tiny development board/ computer that is half as small as the palm of your hand. The development board contains a dual-core 400 MHz Quark processor that is as powerful as the early Pentium range of processors. It has integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support. The board can theoretically be fit into anything – t-shirts, trousers and shoes. At the moment, however, you can only buy it with the Mimo Baby Monitor.
Learn more about the Mimo Baby Monitor and buy it here.
Freescale introduced a Wearable Reference Platform (WaRP) board this year. Like the Intel Edison, the WaRP features some revolutionary technology. It runs on the world’s smallest ARM processor and supports high-level operating systems like Linux and Android. It has several potential uses in the future, like gaming headsets, wellness monitors, smart watches and wireless insulin pumps. It also has a built-in Linear Accelerometer and Magnetometer.
Currently, you can see it in action if you buy the Garmin Forerunner 10 running watch.
The Pebble Steel (Pebble 2) was another promising debutant at the CES 2014 show. The Pebble Steel is a wearable watch that comes in attractive Brushed Stainless Steel and Black Matte finishes. The watch is as useful as it looks good. Pebble Steel syncs with your smartphone to let you read messages. It supports apps and has a LED indicator. The watch can go up to 7 days between charges. Pebble Steel is available in limited supply, so expect to get it a few months after you order.
You can order Pebble Steel here.
The Samsung Gear 2 is a wearable, water-resistant watch that debuted in the middle of 2014. The watch is a significant improvement over its predecessor, the Samsung Gear. The Samsung Gear 2 can sync with Samsung smartphones. It offers features like a heart-rate monitor, notifications for messages and calls and a range of fitness and health apps. It also doubles as a remote for your TV and set-top boxes. The watch is easy to use because of its touch-screen interface and is available in a range of eye-catching colors.
You can buy Samsung Gear 2 here.
The Intelligent Headset is a wearable headset that offers true 3D sounds. It claims to produce sounds as you would hear them in real life – from above, from behind and everywhere at once. It comes with several sensors- like an accelerometer, GPS, compass and gyro- that can tell you where you are and which direction you’re facing. It also has Bluetooth support.
While not available commercially yet, you can preorder the Intelligent Headset here.
The LG G Watch is one of the first watches fitted with the revolutionary Android Wear technology (controllable with the app). The LG G watch is available in a range of colors and has changeable straps. It is dust and water resistant. The watch can be used to access the Google search engine with just voice commands. It constantly displays useful information when worn, like the weather or the route you should take to work.
Get the LG G Watch here.
Misfit Shine is a sleeping and fitness monitor that can be worn anywhere on your body – like your wrists, on your shoes, on your neck, hanging off your pocket and even inside it. The monitor works with all major smartphone brands and lasts for up to 6 months on a charge. The monitor has an attractive LED display. It helps you track your calorie intake, sleep patterns and distance traveled while running. Misfit Shine debuted earlier this year as well.
You can buy Misfit Shine here.
As good as 2014 is if you are a wearable technology fan, 2015 promises to be even better. Expect to see smart toothbrushes, wearable digital mood indicators and even vacuum shoes to hit the shelves next year.
Recently, iolo technologies released the newest version of its award winning PC tune-up software: the System Mechanic 14. iolo technologies has long been a market leader in the PC tune-up segment. According to research data published by NPD, its System Mechanic software is the highest selling product of its kind in the US, with a market share of around 66%.
iolo’s latest offering, the System Mechanic 14, improves on what its predecessor, System Mechanic 12, had to offer in several ways. It introduces new features like LiveBoost, which dramatically improves a device’s performance and helps maximize its battery life. System Mechanic works with all devices capable of running Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP.
Having a PC tune-up software is something of a necessity these days. PCs get cluttered surprisingly quickly and begin to slow down as time goes by. Sometimes, they can take twice as long to boot. These factors, aside from being major annoyances, also hamper productivity at work or home. System Mechanic is a tune-up utility that can solve these problems and make PCs – even the oldest ones- run as fast as they did on the day they were bought.
Users can get a free trial version (30 days) of System Mechanic 14 at iolo.com. Installing the software is a pretty straightforward process that takes a few minutes, depending on the PC.
Once the software has been installed, users are required to run a quick system analysis scan before they can access the other features of the software. Upon scanning, System Mechanic displays a list of problems plaguing the PC as well as its overall health. Users can get more information about these problems by clicking on the View Problems option or choose to repair them all by clicking the Repair All option. Some of the issues the tool checks for include Windows core data conflicts, registry errors, system clutter, resource intensive start up programs, security vulnerabilities and memory levels.
System Mechanic’s unique feature is, apart from providing information about problems, it also explains exactly why they slow down your system.
After the problems have been repaired – a process that takes a few minutes at the most- System Mechanic generates a detailed list of the repairs it undertook. It also gives users the option to rollback repairs if anything were to go wrong.
Repairing the problems significantly speeds up load times, makes multi-tasking easier and helps the computer run much more smoothly in general. System Mechanic also optimizes the internet connection, providing a noticeable increase in download speeds.
While the surface scan takes about 1-2 minutes, users also can opt for the Deep Analysis scan. This is a much more comprehensive scan that checks the computer thoroughly for all kinds of errors. The scan can take up to 7 minutes, depending on the system in question.
Once the quick scan is done with, users can access the other features of the program. System Mechanic 14 has a friendly, no frills user interface. All the features of the programs are listed neatly in the comprehensive menu to the left of the screen.
Some of the noteworthy features users have access to in System Mechanic 14 include ActiveCare, Toolbox and LiveBoost.
Active Care: ActiveCare is a program that runs automatically in the background- optimizing the PC, detecting problems and repairing them. The utility only runs when system resources aren’t being utilized for other tasks. The program will free up unused memory, defragment the registry and optimize the system drive as well as the startup configuration. It will also automatically repair broken shortcuts, a broken internet connection and Windows conflicts and registry problems.
Toolbox: The Toolbox section of program includes a host of features targeted at helping users maximize performance, perform diagnostics and ensure their privacy is being protected. This is an advanced tool meant for those who want to get the most out of their system in every way possible.
LiveBoost: LiveBoost is a powerful new feature that has been added to System Mechanic 14. The tool runs separately from System Mechanic – switching off System Mechanic will not switch LiveBoost off. LiveBoost helps optimize and speed-up a PC in real time. It configures the device to run at peak efficiency, enabling users to get the most out of the hardware at hand. Users are given a choice of several modes, suitable for different resource-intensive tasks like gaming, video editing, internet browsing and office productivity.
Live boost has four buttons, with corresponding features, that can be turned on and off. The OptiCore feature will prevent background programs from hogging system resources, the RamJet feature will release memory reserved for programs that are no longer running, AccelWrite will automatically optimize file storage and IdelDown will reduce powerconsumption when the computer is idle. The RamJet and OptiCore tools also generate notifications (can be turned off) when they prevent problems and optimize the computer.
LiveBoost can also put devices in Endurance mode. This mode maximizes the battery life by making the device use as little power as possible – perfect for laptops constantly low on juice. Apart from using LiveBoost to improve performance and saving power, users can also keep track of the current RAM and CPU usage through the Dashboard section of the tool.
System Mechanic 14 retails at $39.95 for the standard version and $59.95 for the Pro version. The Pro version includes added features like an anti-virus and anti-spyware program termed System Shield, an advanced data removal utility to erase a hard drive called DriveScrubber and online backup support. For both versions, users get access to customer care support. Also, there are no restrictions on the number of PCs System Mechanic can be installed on, provided they are not being used for business purposes.
System Mechanic 14 significantly improves PC health and provides a noticeable boost in speed and performance. All in all, the newest version of System Mechanic remains a worthwhile investment, which can be used to breathe new life into even the oldest, most sluggish of PCs.
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One of the biggest startup success of our times, Google has becomes synonymous with instant information. So much so that today the word “search” is on a brink of extinction with the new expression “Google it” taking over. The Oxford English Dictionary has Google listed as a verb and a noun, goes to show its prowess and the mind-space it occupies.
What started on September 4th 1998 as a privately held company, Google became a name to reckon with in all these years and today offers bevy of internet related products and services. It was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D students at Stanford University. Since its IPO in 2004, the growth of Google has been rapid and has been responsible for increasing its reach exponentially through acquisitions and other partnerships.
Some of its breakthrough products that have been the lifeline of internet are discussed below.
Google Search: The core competency and the blood line of the company, Google search engine is its first and most famous product. Google receives over 100 billion requests on a monthly basis and also serves the regional domains.
Accessible Search: Built for the visually impaired, the results give accessible websites to minimize distractions and make browsing easy for the disabled.
Blog Search: This search lists all the blogs and not just the ones listed on the blogger.
Google Books: This search engine provides full texts or excerpts from the printed books, depending upon its agreement with the publisher.
Google Custom Search: The user can create a personalized search option for their websites.
Google News: the search engine is automatically updated by all the latest news in more than 20 languages.
Web History: web page tracking service that records all the searches, pages, videos, images, music etc.
Image search: The results on this search engine are based on the file name corresponding to the image.
Google Alerts: this is an email notification service which notifies every time there is a new result in the chosen items.
Google AdSense: contextual advertising solution is offered to the web publishers that provides Google AdWords relevant to the site content.
Google AdWords: Advertisement option in the sponsored links section that can boost the website traffic and subsequently sales.
AdWords Express: easy online advertising option available to the customers
Google Grants: Charitable organisations get free AdWords advertising as a donation.
DoubleClick: This service is for the buyers or creators of the digital media which gives them the technology to manage the advertisements.
AdMob: Mobile advertising service offered to the mobile operators
Google 3D Warehouse: This tool allows the users of Google Sketch Up to hosts 3D models of existing locations which also includes buildings. These models can then downloaded by Google earth or other users.
Google Apps: This service is available to business owners or education providers to customize the apps under their custom domain name. The service includes Gmail, Google Docs, Google groups, Google sites, Google earth, Gtalk etc.
Blogger: this is a weblog publishing service which allows the users to create custom blogs with features like comments section, photos etc.
Google Bookmarks: This free online bookmark service is available to all the Google account holders free of change.
Google business solutions: These set are services are specifically for the business owners with products that include Google AdWords, Google AdSense, Google Analytics, Google site search, Google website optimizer etc.
Google Calendar: this free calendar service can integrate your Gmail account. You can share the event and the ‘quick add’ function can be used to add events to the calendar.
Google Docs: get remote access to documents, spreadsheets, power-points which can be published or collaborated.
Google Drive: online service that allows backup and storage. This service is also linked to your Google docs.
Google Hangouts: IM and video-chat portal which has integrated Gtalk, Google+ and Hangouts service into single application.
Gmail: freeIMAP& POP email service offered by Google. This email service is highly popular because of its elastic storage capacity and search based UI.
Goo.gl: free service that shortens the Google & Non-Google website addresses
Google+: Google’s very own social networking site
Picassa Web Albums: one of its kind online photo-sharing platforms used widely for its easy accessibility.
Google Fonts: free directory of hosted web fonts
YouTube: One of the most famous video sharing portals that allows users to share, upload and view videos online.
Google App Engine: allows the users to develop and run web apps
Google Maps: provides the most accurate driving directions and local business search to people using the mapping service
Google Analytics: get pure number data regarding the traffic your website generates with the help of AdWords integration into the content.
Google Earth: desktop based application is a virtual 3D globe that uses the imagery from satellite, aerial photographs and GIS
Google Public DNS: new entry into the DNS domain can be accessed publicly.
Android: This operating system is Linux based and powers smart phones and tablets
Chrome OS: Linux based OS works with web based apps only.
Orkut: This social networking service was initially available through invitation only which was later opened up to everyone. You can use it create personal and professional networks.
Google Deskbar: this feature had a built in mini browser in the desktop bar.
Google Click to Call: One could speak to the businesses free of charge after looking them up Google search
Google Lively: Animated chat program that ran on 3D model
Dodgeball: This social networking site was built specifically for mobile phone users. They could text their location to find the nearest friends, interesting hangouts etc.
Google Rate finder: This service could be used in 14 US cities to get real time rates of taxis, limousines and any other shuttle service.
Google Buzz: social networking integrated with Gmail to allow users to share photos, videos, updates etc in one go.
Picnik: online photo-editor service
Meebo: users could create their personal profile and then advertise on a social network
Google Talk: IM service for text and video chat was replaced by Google hangouts
Google Schemer: search allowed to look for activities that can be done at home or globally
Google notifier: alerted the users of any new messages in their Google Account
You Tube My speed: now known as Google video quality report
Google, over the years has been there and done that. It’s offerings extend much beyond this list and continues to grow successfully. It has constantly experimented and brought in innovative solutions to augment the user experience. The newest entrant in the long lineup of Google products, we hear are the driver-less vehicles. Are you ready to get in?
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Google kicked off its annual developer conference, Google IO 2014 in San Francisco on Wednesday. The two day event focused on unveiling the road map for many of its products. The conference which was largely an invitation-only event, concluded today with over 80 sessions on the agenda covering important announcements on its long list of products.
The keynote, as expected was choc-o-bloc with announcements that’ll cheer billions of android users globally. We round up the big announcements, hits, misses, and things to look forward to from the company that once considered naming itself “The BackRub”!
Google announced its contender to iOS 8, simply called L (Android 5.0) thus moving away from its history of naming its OS after sweet treats. If the end-result is anything like the keynote suggests, it is sure to be lapped by its billion-strong users.
Android L will feature what Google calls Material Design, with its pixels having not just shape but also depth. This would hand immense power to the developers to create more real world designs that are portable across devices without losing finess or functionality. Other major changes would include lockscreen notifications, and proximity sensing auto-lock to beef up on device security.
You won’t have to fumble with your phone while driving anymore. Android Auto integrates seamlessly into your car with support for steering buttons, touchscreen and console dials. You also get Google maps incorporated in your car system with other mobile features like contacts, messages, reminders and more. With Android Auto under the bonnet, it’d be like taking your smartphone on a spin!
In its rechristened avatar, Android TV will feature refined scrolling for better user experience. Also on the anvail is the voice search feature that’ll help you search for your favorite movies, tv shows and even stars. It’ll have a native game support that should bring cheer to the Android dev community. Sony, Philips and Sharp are some of the manufacturers on board already. Though, Samsung seems conspicuous by its absence in that lineup.
An android device costing less than a $100 is a sure-fire way to capture the mass markets. Through Android One, low cost phone manufacturers globally will be able to ascertain minimum hardware requirements for unified Android experience to users.
The program will launch in India with the arrival of devices for manufacturers like Micromax and Karbonn Mobile.
Google unveiled it Android Wear SDK with LG’s G watch and Samsung Gear Live. The wearable technology will take a quantum leap with users getting a host of smartphone features right on their wrists obviating the need to whip out large screen phones to check new updates.
Going by the demo, it would support both square and round displays. Android Wear will let users browse Google Now cards-like interface and supported apps from paired smartphone. The wearer can also create notes, reminders, set alarms, and make calls using the “OK Google” command.
While Samsung and LG are both accepting preorders for the smartwatches from today, Moto G will launch later this year.
Google’s home invasion continues with the new Chromecast update. The most notable feature is that the user doesn’t need to be on the same wifi network to cast content. Users will now have an option of connecting through other available devices nearby or via cloud.
Google aims to bridge the gap when it comes to Android users personal and work life with Android for work on a single device. It will integrate applications in one place. The users will now be able to access MS Office native edit functions in Google docs.
For its enterprise customers, Google will introduce a premium Drive with unlimited storage at $10 per user per annum.
Though there were no ground-breaking announcements on the Cloud front, Google demoed improvements that’ll let developers debug a live application running on multiple servers.
The new suite will include Cloud Save, Cloud Monitoring, Cloud Trace, and Cloud Debugger.
Like its rival Apple, Google too had jumped onto the fitness bandwagon with Google Fit. It’s a multi-OS API for fitness apps and devices. It will partner with Nike, Adidas, and Withings
Google Play Games has added 100M new users in the past 6 months alone! It is no wonder then Google is going all out to woo them with new additions like leaderboards and game progress screens. For those who like a bit of challenge there’s a new Quest feature that allows the gamers to set and surpass goals.
With so many announcements to be excited about, one can easily forget to remember the big ticket items that didn’t get any attention. And Google IO did keep the lid on for some biggies.
Google Plus didn’t find a place in Google’s agenda this year. According to a Google spokesperson at IO, the social network didn’t fit into this year’s theme of Develop, Design, and Distribute. With this omission Google’s blow-hot blow-cold relationship with the social network continued.
Also out of focus was Google Glass which hogged major limelight in the same conference last year. Even though, the delegates all turned up in Glass in such large numbers that it seemed like a part of the dress code!
The bots didn’t find a place in the conference or a mention in the keynote despite high expectations from fans after the Boston Dynamics acquisition last year.
For Google the focus this year was clearly on the bouquet of products and tools that can help developers enhance the Android experience for its end users.
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