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Google I/O 2015

| Veronika

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“…That kind of work, it is inherently born of the human spirit. It is a little badass and beautiful. It is tech infused with our humanity. And it does not have love sprinkled on at the finish. The work itself is an expression of love. That’s what it feels like to us, in this fast boat, in this small band of pirates, trying as best as we can to do some epic shit” – here I quote the ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) presentation on Google I/O 2015. And I guess those words perfectly describe the atmosphere at the conference. The point is, it’s what is inside of you that defines whether you will enjoy something or find it boring.

I’ve read dozens of posts related to Google I/O 2015. A lot of them claim that the conference had a lack of presenting new devices and revolutionary stuff. However, that is not how I feel. The previously mentioned ATAP presentation showed us a bunch of breathtaking projects!

Project Soli – tiny gesture radar that recognizes micromotions of a human hand

Project Jacquard – touch-sensitive textiles that can be used to manufacture everyday clothes

Project Vault – secure computer the size of a microSD card

Project Ara – modular smartphone

I am sure, if you watched at least one video above – you’ll say that it’s just awesome. That is exactly how I felt not only on the first, but also on the second day of the conference as well. Screw the jet lag and bad weather – I was truly happy to be there and absorb all the information and emotions in real time!

In case you have not watched the keynote and sessions already, I will highlight some of the major things that were presented at the keynote.

Android M – I am a fan of the new permissions philosophy and Doze :)

Google Now On Tap – Google analyzes everything. Not only when you google it :)

Google Photos – face recognition, better search, unlimited storage.

Offline Google Maps – with ability to search offline!

Android Wear Always-On Screen – most important things are always there on your wrist.

Project Brillo – new approach to building a smart home.

New Cardboard – improved model of a cardboard and Expeditions project.

Two days of the conference were over in a flash – and it was kind of sad to see everything wrapping up. For me Google I/O 2015 was not only interesting, but also inspiring. When you see tremendous amount of work that is done not by magicians, but by ordinary people – it is quite hard not to get inspired. I met a lot of wonderful developers, including our former colleague Sebastian, who, as a Googler, contributed to making my trip to the conference possible – thanks again, Sebastian!

Though I would not argue that the Golden Gate is beautiful, I did not fall in love with San Francisco – it’s just not my type of a city. The flight was also quite exhausting – but who cares? I attended Google I/O and certainly hope to come back again! :)

Android Transporter on the Raspberry Pi

| Daniel | Comments 92

The Android Transporter allows you to share display content wirelessly with remote screens in real time. Now, the Android Transporter also runs on the Raspberry Pi which enables you to easily share the display content of your smartphone or tablet with a television set or a video projector. Just watch the amazing demo video.

The Android Transporter turns your smartphone or tablet together with the Raspberry Pi into a powerful media hub to watch movies, play games, or do slideshows. This way, the Raspberry Pi becomes maybe the cheapest gaming console or set-top box :-). See also our previous blog post about the Android Transporter. Stay tuned for the dual screen mode!  

Android Transporter

| Daniel | Comments 58

The Android Transporter allows you to share display content wirelessly with other screens in real time.

The Android Transporter beams the display contents of your smartphone or tablet onto other gadgets, TVs, video projectors, and car infotainment systems. Our prototype shows that this is possible even with the old Google Nexus S. To implement this efficiently we had to deeply integrate our technology into the Android platform by utilizing hardware accelerated H.264 encoders and decoders. The Android Transporter implements the display sharing by combining a set of standardized technologies. The Wi-Fi Alliance® is currently forming a standard called Miracast™ that promises to deliver the same functionality. We aim to make the Android Transporter fully compliant with the Miracast™ specs as soon as they are available.

The following features will arrive soon:

  • Dual screen support with accompanying SDK.
  • WiFi Direct support.
  • Further improvements to the user experience by reducing the latency.
  • We plan to open-source our patches for the Android platform. Stay tuned!

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