May 20, 2013

Android at Google I/O 2013

Google I/O is an annual developer conference by Google where they showcase their products and innovations. This year's event was from May 15 to 17. Aside from keynotes, there are also sessions about Google and open technologies, including Android.

As an Android developer, I was looking forward to updates about the Android operating system and ecosystem and the Android sessions. Here are some of the highlights related to Android during the Google I/O 2013 Keynote:
  • In 2013, there is now over 900 million Android device activations.
  • Over 48 billion apps have been downloaded from Google Play to date, with over 2.5 billion app downloads in the last month alone.
  • Samsung Galaxy S4, with Google's latest software and services, will be available on Google Play starting June 26.
  • The announcement of Android Studio, a free IDE for Android which is based from IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition. It will simplify Android apps development.
  • Google Play Services; Games Services, Locations API, GCM Enhancements
  • Google Play Developer Console Updates: Optimization Tips, App Translation, Revenue Graphs, Analytics, Referral Tracking

For details, check this blog post from the Android Developers Blog.

There were different sessions related to Android and the videos have now been uploaded to the Android Developers Youtube Channel. There are more than 30 videos and they made a Youtube Playlist that contains all the Android Sessions. Aside from this playlist, they also grouped the videos into four different playlists: Android Design, Android Development, Android Distribution, and Google Play services for Android.

Android Development - All the design sessions from the Android track at Google I/O 2013.

Android Design - All the design sessions from the Android track at Google I/O 2013.

Android Distribution - All the Google Play, distribution, and monetizations sessions from Google I/O 2013.

Google Play Services for Android - All the Google Play services sessions from the Android track at Google I/O, including games, location-based services, and Google Cloud Messaging.

Aside from these videos, they're also making the sessions available for listening via the Android Developers Live podcast.

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