My takeaways from Google I/O 2015

Rather than a proper writeup I thought I'd post a few key links of interesting things at Google I/O 2015:

Google allows you to test your apps on virtual and actual devices - Google Cloud Test Lab - link

Android Wear allows gestures and always on apps - link

Google Now able to be surfaced anywhere when holding home button and is aware of context - link, link

Google have more kid content in Google Play - link

Full offline coming to Google Maps (finally) - link

Google Inbox is open to all - including businesses - link

Improvements to Google Play Developer Console - link and allows A/B testing - link

A whole lot of improvements to Chromecast - link

Android M preview available to download now - link, link (also mentions improved Android Studio including NDK - C/C++ development)

Android M supports USB-C (inc charging other devices) and MIDI - link

Android M has better power saving, user selectable permissions and a fingerprint API - link

Android M has better application backups - link

Google Photos spun out from Google+ - link

Google improves AdMob - link

You can now get an Android development nano-degree

Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) can now push to iOS - link

Android Pay (almost) replaces Google Wallet - link

Google show Brillo and Weave for Internet of Things (IoT) - link, link

Google Play Services 7.5 is launched - lots of little improvements - link

You can embed Chrome, not just webviews, within your app - link

Google introduce Identity Platform for authenticating apps / websites - link

Google use CocoaPods for iOS development - link

Polymer for developing web apps launched - link

Think they're keen on VR:

  • Builds 16 Go Pro VR recording unit "Jump" - link
  • Expeditions app for virtual trips - link
  • Improved Cardboard VR kit - link
  • Cardboard works on iPhone - link

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