Still looks nice, but that was mean.
* They're obviously putting a lot of effort into listening to their customers and implementing their feedback (see windows 8.2 changes, start bar is coming back, metro apps will now be windowed) (also see this article by Gabe at Penny arcade about how Microsoft implemented his feedback for the Surface Pro 3 http://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2014/06/16/surface-pro...).
* They realise the cloud is the future and they're making great strides towards making sure Azure is the best cloud platform available. I've used Amazon's AWS, Rackspace and Azure. Azure is hands down the best. Nadella was formerly in charge of Azure, so it's no surprise that Azure is coming to the forefront of Microsoft. The interface for their new cloud control panel is excellent (http://portal.azure.com https://i.imgur.com/SxdPZjf.png).
* Developers, developers, developers is back in season! They're open sourcing everything. ASP.NET, MVC, their new C# compiler are all now open source. The UI library they used to make the website above is open source (WinJS https://github.com/winjs/winjs). They are making obvious efforts to engage the developer community.
* Whilst everybody else is scrambling to create walled gardens and closed platforms, Microsoft is going in the opposite direction. All of their recent open source releases have been on Github, not Codeplex. You can provision linux virtual machines, mysql database, redis caches on azure - as well as the Microsoft equivalents. They just announced they're making an Android handset after acquiring Nokia, as well as Windows Phone. They've announced that they will start supporting officially supporting Mono (open source version of their .NET clr) with new releases of ASP.NET, allowing ASP.NET applications to run on open source platforms.
* Their share price is the highest it's been in 15 years
* And as much as I hate to admit it (I haven't personally switched browsers or search providers yet...) but they're actually fixing the problems with Bing and Internet Explorer, and seem to be rapidly catching up with the pack. The new developer tools for IE actually look pretty good (http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/ie/bg182326.aspx) and Bing is not looking too shabby either.
"[Google Manager]: Guys... Could you make it modern, like Microsoft Metro, but maybe decrease the padding between tiles and maybe add some blurry shadows."
"[Designers]: but shadows are a violation flat design principles!"
"[Google Manager]: I am sorry, but we cannot come across like complete rip-offs".
Have we reached a point where anyone using color is ripping off windows? :/
Were you not around when they came out?
Superficially yes but it's really just a new coat of paint on top of a slightly revised UI. My eyes instantly glaze over looking at these screenshots because we have this boring font combined with a boring use of whitespace with little variation in text size. It's all the bad parts of Metro / Modern UI without any of the good parts.
From my point of view, if you're competing heavily on design then you're in the business of a commodity and hence have no better technological or use-case differentiator... And/or you're swept up by the cult of design as of late.
‘What if there was a material as simple as paper that could change shape based on touch? I’m not saying there is. But what if there were?’
I was pretty disappointed to find out that I was right.
It's pretty good, though I have to remember to take my phone with me when I leave my desk at work for an extended period of time.
It's nice to be able to walk up to my desk, tap my phone while it's in my pocket and see the computer unlock.
For me, having a lock screen at work/home is useless and just an annoyance. It's a pain always having to enable it when I leave work/home so this feature is perfect for me.
I'd carry a tiny wearable for this.
The short movie "Sight" is a great demonstration of our potential near future of augemented reality technology and the effect it might have on our social lives:
There are options for this functionality out there, of course, but they've not been adopted much by users.
In which case, your machine may also be hibernating, which is slow to being with. So something like automatically unlocking while your phone is around isn't really all that useful.
Not to mention, how long does it take to type in a password?
On a tangent, I'm really excited about this and hope there's a Windows+Android version on the way (or clone)...
I've been using it for the past 6 months and it went from futuristic novelty to now daily use.
Let's face it, the only impressive tech stuff here today was the cloud debugging. Everything else was fluff. Frankly Amazon put on far more dangerous looking displays of technology prowess these days.
And we still can't mention China. Disappointing, but somewhat inevitable.
I was happy with the auto integration, but didn't really think it was tremendously new. The new design stuff raised more questions than answers for me.
I'm hoping for some more stable AS releases and a plan for a 1.0.0 soon.
Session title: "What’s new in Android development tools", 9:00 AM
All they can do is tell me if I walked or not. I KNOW IF I WALKED OR NOT. If I wanted to walk more I'd get another dog, not a watch.
I also like DIRECTLY AFTER they show the pedometer they order a pizza. I just can't imagine a world where these are good ideas. I'd love to have been in on those meetings to throw staplers at the people who suggested these things.
It can't tell me whether I've walked or not, and I can't order a pizza with it, but I get all my notifications on it, which alone is very handy (pun not necessarily intended) for me.
99% of the time, I'm using the "tablet features" of my phone. I maybe get 3-5 calls a month.
A phone-watch would suffice for this.
If it could tell the time, provide me with notifications, has vibration and can tell if I move or not, this would be perfect.
The rest of the information I would consume with my tablet.
While all these micro-iterations on technology are great, and we have some amazing toys, I can't help but think that humanity is getting too DISCONNECTED from EARTH.
There's literally no way that today's battery density (or even in several years) is high enough to support more than a dozen calls, not to mention all the radios a cell phone requires (just think antenna length, not space).
I wouldn't expect a viable standalone phone-watch until 2025 barring significant advances in battery technology and cell antenna design.
Huh? They clearly demoed it doing all sorts of things. Besides, it's not like this is a brand new category, Pebble watches and the like have been doing this for a while, but they've been a niche product. A larger manufacturer might change that.
I can see that I got a text message on my Pebble. Awesome. The problem was I couldn't do anything with it. Can't dismiss it on the phone. Can't reply to it.
Android Wear looks like it addresses the major problems I have with my Pebble. If pricing looks sane there's a good chance I'll be ordering on of the watches going up for sale today.
It's not about getting a dog as much as having something that archive (your memory sucks at that) and tells you if you have the regularity that such a responsability entails: I can't. I can tell you I got home after 10 more than half the past month, but not because I remember it: because Moves let me see so.
I think those who normally wear a watch will be excited by this, and perhaps that is a big enough market to make it worthwhile?
Personally I prefer when google shows weak propositions instead of just prescribing everything people want to do/will do.
Also, changing music or volume when on a bus without having to do that thing where you lift your bum to get your phone out of your pocket is, well, better than it sounds.
Do Android phones still come without buttons on their headphones?
The scenario seems to be you walk halfway somewhere, fill up on junk food, then order a Uber cab home...
They make it very difficult to both follow their latest UI guidelines and the older ones (because adoption rates lag quite a bit).
Android is rife with clear evidence that the project has no design guidelines. All of the UIs change completely in every release.
The design changeover is being driven from the top. Ever since Steve Jobs has died and Larry took over as CEO, he's gotten the design religion, and his goal is for Google's design to remain fresh and drive trends forward perpetually. So as far as the company is concerned, this is a feature, not a bug.
It's true that the individual designers responsible for doing the design often vary from project to project. However, there's a fair amount of continuity as well. The designer who initiated the design refresh announced today has been with the company since 2006; the designer I worked with for the visual refresh of 2010 now heads up design for all of Search. They are explicitly told by executives to make things fresh and remove previous constraints when imagining the new Google.
Is this the root cause of why Google Maps/Nav on Android had a giant UX regression from 6.x to 7.x and still sucks so bad that my next phone may very well be a Lumia?
Snark aside, I think you're seeing two effects. One is designers wanting to be creative and innovative (which is a top-down directive) without also talking with their counterparts in other areas of the company. This will get corrected over time; periodically the company tries to line up all of its products so that they're consistent across all of Google. The last major such project was Kennedy; Quantum is the next one, so I suspect Android G+ will eventually change to conform with the Quantum styleguides just announced.
The other effect is that design rules are different for big companies than they are for small app developers. Small app developers want to fit in with the platform styleguides, because they face intense competition, are only a tiny part of the total ecosystem, and so if they deviate from the expected UI it only harms themselves. Big companies want to set the standards, and so they encourage their designers to be bold and adventurous, in the hopes of creating the trends. And the Android G+ app has been a trendsetter in the past; some of the recent move towards very image-heavy apps (across both web and mobile) was pioneered by them back around 2011 and 2012.
presumably the week before the next UI paradigm is announced at I/O 2016...
Honeycomb was introduced in 2011. That's three years.
And besides, Android is on design iteration #3, Apple is on #2, and I think most would agree iOS was aged pretty badly by the time it got #2.
Personally, I find Android's 2.x design about as much as a design as a factory floor's sounds 'music'.
What does this even mean? It reminds me of the design-by-committee meeting to add Poochie to Itchy and Scratchy. "It needs to be more dynamic. More proactive. More ATTITUDE!"
Mobile is the most competitive market on the planet right now. Eye candy is essential to showing growth and momentum. Most people aren't looking under the hood, particularly now that hardware specs are leveling off.
That seems a little unfair - they are going to extraordinary lengths to spell out design rules - to the point of publishing entire voluminous web sites about it:
A huge chunk of the presentation was about their philosophy. You might not like it, but they are definitely trying.
I think the other part of the problem is that Android demonstrates what happens when you let developers run wild, as much as it pains me to say that. As developers we always want new, new, new! Rip out the old stuff! But we don't always think about the consequences that has on customers. Or I should say, in a typical company you quickly learn that you can't just change things on a whim. Google is not typical though...
Apps trail OS capabilities, too. So while it may be inconvenient for developers, rapid change is probably a fact of life.
It has all the energy of someone reading a press release.
EDIT: Unbelievable: they all look at the prompter like it were natural. I really cannot believe this is the most important Google public event and the speakers do not learn their stuff by heart.
Vic Gundotra and Hugo Barra are among the all time worst speakers at Google I/O. This year it again feels like developers talking to developers. Delightful! :)
I hate iOS7 enough that my next phone will definitely be an android. But in the meantime...
I understand there are thousands of people there but that particular camera makes it look like a bunch of people are leaving as the speaker speaks.
Disclaimer: I work in the video space.
That's a very bad way of stating it. It's perfectly possible, and "supported" even though there is no "use this thing" solution for it. The problem is that you can't rely on a full solution being usable by all browsers you want to target.
They all do the same thing fundamentally; the only differences are slight technical details and who is in control of the standard.
https://www.youtube.com/html5 - This shows 6/6
Source: I own a Glass and barely wear it.
Oh yeah, and how we aren't getting upgraded to the 2GB version even though I paid $1,600 for it during their "one day sale." Its almost like Google is trying to kill Glass.
That'll show me to walk around outside like a tool, defending Google as I wear Glass.
"ART: ... Truly cross platform: ARM, x86, MIPS"
Sounds like they may be setting up to make a proper run at the desktop market? Now that all these Windows 8 machines are out there with cheap touch panels, it's shown that cheap desktop/laptop computers can exist with the necessary interface bits to work.
edit:and watches and cars apparently
Dalvik, and Dalvik's JIT compiler are definitely tuned for small batteries.
The Dalvik JIT compiler focuses on critical sections of code. There's a reason you don't see Hotspot on battery powered devices.
Large amounts of the Android framework, especially the foundations of drawing and the View hierarchy, are in C or C++. Compiling an interactive app to native code makes much less difference in performance than a synthetic benchmark of DEX interpretation might lead one to think.
Hotspot get its name from the term of art for a critical section of code, though. That's not something that makes them different from each other; it's what they have in common.
What separates them must be that only one of them was designed with a power budget in mind.
I wonder why neither Page nor Brin came on stage.
EDIT: Why the downvotes? Gundotra was a good showman. Hangouts also removed features from Talk, eg. is someone actually online when I want to talk to them. Was this wrong? Or was someone angry about these facts?
I think this might be because they've either changed strategic direction or are awaiting an overhaul of senior management, what with the Nest acquisition and Vic and Hugo's departures and all. I think the stuff that they had to announce today was simply a lagging indicator of their current direction.
MOTOACTV is also a precursor to this wearable watches, pretty much capable at least the notifications. Nonetheless, this was more sports oriented.
It so sad that now for Google Motorola is not a poster child, but something that they try to forget about it.
I had such high hopes for a Google-owned Motorola too.
Or are they counting how many times they make calls to a part of the API? Like calling a function in a for loop or something?
Either way, I'll applaud unnecessarily.
EDIT: Thanks for the downvotes! Here's to humour on HN!
Edit: corrected name of iOS for cars
Why would they want to get involved in that market?
They sell games. They sell hardware on which people play games. They sell a set-top device that plays games. But they don't sell an actual controller for that device.
Their core competency is marketing / search / ads, so I suppose the entire Android system and any hardware could be considered a side show?
BTW, I am a happy Android user (other than Maps and Talk, which have gone down the toilet).