Google I/O 2015 Roundup From Android M to Virtual Reality

Google I/O 2015

Google I/O 2015

Google made quite a few announcments this morning at its annual Google I/O conference currently underway in San Francisco. Sundar Pichai delivered the keynote address that was punctuated with demos of new features and products the Mountain View-based company is rolling out.

Google has 1 billion Android users, and that user base keeps growing every month as mobile phones fly off the shelves in various parts of the world.  “And there are 4,000 unique Android devices on the market, from more than 400 manufacturers and over 500 carriers,” as Google put it. Mobile is where there are opportunities for develeopers and companies and Google wants to make sure it provies a strong arsenal of tools for its developers. Google is arming its developers for the mobile revolution in this fragmented market.

By the way, was it just me or did I hear a lot of   of references to what Google is doing in India?

Wired  and C|Net have a great round-up of all the annoucements ranging from Android M to Android Wear, Project Brillo, Google Now, Google Photo to Virtual Reality.


Introducing Google Photo With Unlimited Storage

Photos and videos. We have gigabytes of images stored across various devices and they remain largely unorganized. Google now has  a solution – Google Photo that allows for free, unlimited storage of photos and videos for Android, IOS and desktop devices. It is available on Google Play and Apple store starting today.

Google made the announcement at its Google I/O conference that is currently underway in San Francisco. Anil Sabhrawal, head of Google Photo, gave a demo of the product. He took a selfie and shared it on Twitter. Sharing is a big part of the photos and videos we take. He repeatedly underscored that you can keep these photos and videos private and not share it publicly, unless you chose to do so.

The app organizes photos by people and places, and you don’t need to tag it. Google takes care of it. You can store photos upto 16 megpixel resolution.

I can see how Google Photo will instantly appeal to users because of what it offers: unlimited storage and automatic organization of your photos and videos.With Google Photo, Facebook now has a clear challenge. For many of us, Facebook (after Flickr lost its way) was the place to store and share our photos and videos. It will be interesting to see how consumers adapt to Google Play.

And one more thing, your photos and videos are automatically backed up.