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What to expect at Google I/O 2014: Android 5.0 Lollipop, new Nexus, and smartwatches

What to expect at Google I/O 2014: Android 5.0 Lollipop, new Nexus, and smartwatches

Update: Android L is now official! Take a look at our post-Google I/O coverage here.

Google I/O is right around the corner: this year’s biggest Google developer event kicks off in San Francisco on June 25th with a keynote featuring Android head Sundar Pichai, and hopes are that we’ll see a brand new version of the operating system, as well as some hardware to show its capabilities off.

Google I/O, however, has a much larger scope than before. In the past year, Google has acquired robot makers from Boston Dynamics (you probably did not know, but Google went on a shopping spree last December, acquiring a total of 7 robotics companies), thermostat and home automation experts from Nest, and multiple others. So in addition to the usual Android and (hopefully) Nexus news, we could see the first announcements regarding Google’s robotics plans.

Our focus here, however, will stay on mobile, as the big story of Google I/O 2014 will almost certainly be about the next version of Android. Will it be the long anticipated Android 5.0 ‘L’ release (and is it ‘L’ for Lollipop?)? We don’t know, but what seems certain is that Apple has picked up the pace with iOS 7 and 8 recently, and all eyes will be on Google for an appropriate response.

What to expect at Google I/O 2014: Android 5.0 Lollipop, new Nexus, and smartwatches
The ‘L’ release: Android 5.0 Lollipop


I/O 2014 starts nearly 9 months after Google presented Android 4.4 KitKat to the world. With no big Android events that we know of, this seems like a perfect occasion for the next major version of the world’s most popular operating system to get unwrapped.

We've been hearing rumors about Android 5.0 Lollipop for quite a while now, but what will it be about?

A massive Android redesign (codename: ‘Quantum Paper’)


Leaked mockups of the new, Quantum Paper Android design

Leaked mockups of the new, Quantum Paper Android design


The biggest upcoming change in the next Android version seems to be in its looks. Android Police uncovered plans for an all-encompassing (web, desktop and mobile) redesign of Google products to a new language referred to as ‘Quantum Paper’. A flat interface with dominant whites and contrasty visuals, we've seen it leak for future revisions of apps like Calendar and Gmail, but it’s only logical to assume that it will affect all native Android apps.

These new ‘Quantum Paper’ visuals are linked to the upcoming Android ‘L’ release, but expectations are for a gradual launch, with the new visual style appearing in updated apps one by one, rather than in one sweep.

Chances for Android redesign news at I/O 2014: 80%

Google Fit: Android's health and fitness hub


After Apple debuted its Health hub at WWDC, with SDKs already available to users, Google would now have to play catch up in the health and fitness game, and that’s exactly what we expect it to do at I/O. This will allegedly happen via Google Fit, an interface that will gather health and fitness data from wearable devices using open APIs.

What to expect at Google I/O 2014: Android 5.0 Lollipop, new Nexus, and smartwatches
Google should announce partnerships with wearable makers (think Jawbone and FitBit). It’s also likely that Google Fit will be integrated into Android Wear (see below), Google’s platform tailored for smartwatches and smart wearables.

Chances for GoogleFit news at I/O 2014: 90%

Google set to unveil a rival to Apple's CarPlay OS at Google I/O


It looks as if Google will unveil its own in-car interface at I/O as well. The new interface is said to carry the codename Google Auto Link, and to be developed by the Open Automotive Alliance, a group of companies consisting of Google, Audi, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA. Needless to say, cars from those brands are likely to be the first to support this new interface.

What to expect at Google I/O 2014: Android 5.0 Lollipop, new Nexus, and smartwatches
So what will this Google Auto Link do? First, it will allow users to control their Android smartphones straight from the dashboard, without having to reach for the phone and be distracted from the road. It will not have the full Android functionality, of course, but the essentials will be there: you should be able to make calls, browse Google Maps, send messages, and play music, and Google Now could also be integrated.

Chances for Android CarPlay news at I/O 2014: 80%

The first Android Wear smartwatches: LG G Watch, Moto 360, Samsung Gear Live


What to expect at Google I/O 2014: Android 5.0 Lollipop, new Nexus, and smartwatches
While all the planned changes to Android are massive, nothing excites more than new hardware, real devices that you can touch and play around with. Luckily, multiple source indicate that there will be some freebies for all Google I/O attendants in the form of the first Android Wear smartwatch - the LG G Watch.

Google’s idea of the smartwatch is not of an independent device, but rather as a companion to your smartphone that can listen to your voice, and display quick and relevant information in one glance. It will also have an always-on display, so you would not need to worry about turning it on just to glance the time.

The biggest concern about this new Android Wear smartwatch? Battery life, of course. Having a color display on at all times comes with a big battery drain, making the smartwatch just another device you’d have to recharge very often.

Chances for Android Wear and smartwatch news at I/O 2014: 90%

Nexus at crossroads: Nexus 8, or the end of the Nexus line?


What to expect at Google I/O 2014: Android 5.0 Lollipop, new Nexus, and smartwatches

The Nexus smartphone program has brought us some great devices at extremely affordable prices - the Nexus 5 for instance in selling for around half the price of other flagships, yet offers nearly the same performance and functionality. While we all hope for a new Nexus (a Nexus 6, as some call it), it’s not very likely that we’ll see it at I/O 2014. This is not even all that surprising - Google has made it a tradition to unveil new Nexus smartphones at a late-fall event, at least that’s when it brought the last two in the line.

For starters, LG, the company that made the last two Nexus smartphones nigh confirmed that it is not making this year’s one. Moreover, rumors about a new program called Android Silver persist in saying that the Nexus line will go the way of the dodo this year, and there will never be a 2015 Nexus phone.

If that new Android Silver line is indeed real, though, we could hear something about Google’s plans for it at I/O, even though, we would not bet on seeing actual devices.

Chance for Nexus 6 news at I/O 2014: 20%
Chance for Nexus 8 news at I/O 2014: 40%

Google Glass: again, a no-show


What to expect at Google I/O 2014: Android 5.0 Lollipop, new Nexus, and smartwatches
Google’s futuristic Glass, the wearable computer with a camera on, has undergone extensive beta testing by thousands of ‘Explorers’ in the United States, but it’s launch is put off time and time again. Early rumors speculated that it could arrive iat the beginning of 2014, but Google X head Sergey Brin has last confirmed that it’s more likely to arrive early next year. Brace yourselves.

Chance of Google Glass news at I/O 2014: 50% (but much lower for an actual launch)

News on Project Ara


Finally, Project Ara. The idea of a modular smartphone that you build and customize yourself, piece by piece, could have massive implications for the whole phone industry. Imagine it taking off - you won’t need to rely on companies like Samsung, or HTC, to put parts together in an attractive (or not so much) design, that you buy every two years or so - instead, you’d have the option to ship directly from chip and camera makers.

Not bad, considering that you can thus upgrade just the feature you need and use your phone for a much longer time without needing to shell out cash for upgrades every now and then.

Project Ara, however, did not make it in the news around Google I/O at all, so either it’s in stealth mode, or there will be no major news at this developer conference.

Chance of Project Ara news at I/O 2014: 20%

What to expect at Google I/O 2014: Android 5.0 Lollipop, new Nexus, and smartwatches

Conclusion


All in all, it's clear that Google I/O 2014 will be one of the biggest events of the year. Don't get mistaken: it's mostly about the software and developers, and not so much about hardware, but Google has established a tradition of having at least some hardware to show, so we do expect to see a few devices. I/O attendants always get some freebies, and this time we've heard that the LG G Watch will be given away, and we would not be surprised if developers got a new Nexus tablet (if it exists).

What about the rest of you? You can, of course, stay tuned to PhoneArena on Wednesday, at 9 am PT | 12 noon ET when we'll start with our extensive coverage of the opening keynote and all the news it brings us, and keep refreshing the page all throughout the week for the latest news in the world of Android. What are you looking forward to at Google's biggest show this year? Let us know in the comments right below.

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posted on 20 Jun 2014, 09:58 19

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1352; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I expect everything to be original and innovative. There should be NONE and I repeat NONE that's copied from somewhere else. We'll feel bad if Google copies something since we've posted so much sh*t in the iOS 8 articles regarding copying, originality, innovative, etc.

Please Google :)

/s

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:08 20

6. Ashoaib (Posts: 1212; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


google usually try to bring innovative products unlike apple, who just copy features of android to ios then call it ios8... making of phablet bcoz all else does already... iwatch youwatch or nobody watch, bcoz all others released their gears... list goes on n on

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:11 8

7. Ninetysix (Posts: 1352; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Good to hear that everyting that Google will announce is new. Thank you Ashoaib.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:22 19

13. nexusdude (Posts: 139; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


Who cares if something is copied from elsewhere? If it's good, it's good for you. The problem in Apple's case is, as MKBHD tweeted, that at WWDC they first bashed Android (with wrong facts BTW) and then announced half the features that make Android so beloved.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:24

15. nexusdude (Posts: 139; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


^Didn't see the /s.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 13:22 5

29. techspace (Posts: 523; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Apple never bashed android, i like MKBHD but he is wrong in this case.
They didn't bash android,they didn't say that android is bad,they have said that the latest version of android isn't available to most of the users, there aren't any apps in the play store that are optimized for tablets and they have talked about android malware, these problems only need better thinking and decision making from google and their oems,they don't suggest that android is inferior in any way at all.

posted on 22 Jun 2014, 23:09

49. engineer-1701d (Posts: 403; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


bull s;it they didn't , i watched the event they bashed android and windows

posted on 23 Jun 2014, 00:28

51. techspace (Posts: 523; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


They never said anything bad about android itself, they said that most of the android users don't have KitKat and they were talking about malware, which can be prevented by avoiding apps from unreliable sources.
And talking about windows, they said that many users don't have windows 8, but they didn't say windows 8 is bad.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 13:35 3

31. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5447; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I'm sure that you will agree with Armando Ferreira's opinion:

"Apple WWDC 2014 | iOS8 and Thoughts on Tim Cook"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9ucLg2FUsQ

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 13:46

33. techspace (Posts: 523; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


That is apple's way of presenting.
They target other companies in the middle, but i still think that their keynotes are really good.

posted on 21 Jun 2014, 12:07 1

43. sgodsell (Posts: 888; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I hope they bring in multi-window to the next version of Android. Instead of OEMs like Samsung, Sony, and LG adding that feature on themselves. This way it could be standardized across the Android platform. For smartphones and tablets.

posted on 21 Jun 2014, 13:36

44. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5447; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


It would be nice.

posted on 21 Jun 2014, 10:36 2

39. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 42; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Well, yeah, it's fine to copy things, like Apple did with the Samsung F700, but now Apple keeps suing Samsung for every product they make.

posted on 23 Jun 2014, 03:33 1

52. joey_sfb (Posts: 2527; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


You better believe it. How else would you get your iOS 9 features?

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:32

17. adwienc (Posts: 123; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Oh come on, everything is copy of a copy, and Google copied Symbian. Hell, I wouldn't use word "copy" when saying about iOS bringing features from Android, it's more of influence.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 20:14 2

37. iushnt (Posts: 598; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Yes u r true..its influensive when everybody does it but Samsung.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:19 8

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2615; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


You are Genius, Brosephine /s :)

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:29

16. Ninetysix (Posts: 1352; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


hehe :)

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 13:08 1

28. techspace (Posts: 523; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


i think not copying from anyone is 'arrogant'.
google and apple have borrowed few things from each other in the past and they should continue to do so.
What android fans have said on PA would never influence google's decisions,the end result should be good and that's what matters.
any fanboy would support his favourite company,come what may.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 20:12 1

36. iushnt (Posts: 598; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Ninetysix, you are talking as if u are a Google supporter and not Apple's. Samsung first got serious with the health features on smart device. Now it like a trend.

posted on 23 Jun 2014, 03:36

53. joey_sfb (Posts: 2527; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Spot On! Samsung; Been here done that!

posted on 23 Jun 2014, 07:25 1

59. Liveitup (Posts: 867; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


If anything Google will be taking cues from WP. That's where iOS 7 and 8 got its inspiration. You guys don't realize this but compare iOS 7 and 8 with Windows Phone on the "light" background, you will see just how much of a copy iOS is of WP.

But I guess thats how it goes when something looks great but isn't necessarily popular the popular ones will copy it and bring it to the masses. WP is a classic example.

posted on 23 Jun 2014, 09:21 2

60. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1187; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


OK, let me see if I can get this through your titanium skull.

Everyone copies from everyone. When one company brings a new feature their competition has to offer the same thing or something similar to compete. That's business. But some companies like to use other's features while litigating those who use theirs. If you'll recall it's the fans of a certain device introduced in 2007 that lobbed the first "copying" shots. But when that sake company does it, it's OK? That's not in ANY way hypocritical at all. smh

BTW, nice going throwing out a flame comment and assure that it turns into a fanboy war. I'm starting to wonder if some of the people on here work for PA and do that to generate click bait.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:01 1

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5447; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I'm sue that it will be one of the biggest events of the year. I am most looking forward to new version of Android and Project Ara. :)

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:03 2

3. Fatal1ty_93_RUS (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


This is a make or break moment for me:

If Google doesn't announce Nexus 8 anytime soon, I might switch from N7 to LG G pad because I use my N7 only at home these days, so portability isn't that much of an important topic for me unlike the times when I didn't have a Nexus 10, and the 1.3" screen size... well, you know how much it matters on mobile devices

Also, if Google doesn't announce Nexus 10 2014 anytime soon, I might switch over to either Tab Pro 10.1 or Tab S 10.5 or Tablet Z2.

Don't get me wrong though - both of these are awesome tablets, but in the first case I would like to benefit from a bigger screen, and in the second case - well, Nexus 10 is 1.5 years old now, and 4.4.4 will most likely be its last update it officially receives from Google, besides the tablet is already showing how it dated - the Exynos CPU used there and 1GB of RAM just don't cut it even with kitkat

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:04 2

4. SuperAndroid507 (Posts: 21; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


More news on Project Ara and Google Glass !

posted on 21 Jun 2014, 10:42

41. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 42; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Personally, I think Ara would sell better... all the people with the Glass Explorer Edition say that everybody stares at them...

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:07 5

5. FingerMyApple (unregistered)


used to be lots healthier name like gingerbread, but now so much candy name like jellybean kitkat lollipop, im not surprised most android user are end up diabetes...

And ironically, most doctor are ios users :)

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:11 9

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5447; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"And ironically, most doctor are ios users"

World wide or again just in U.S. ?

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 11:47 12

23. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 468; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Don't even respond to that brainless nimwit. You're wasting your time with that basketcase. Saying shit about Android, but has a HTC one on the want it list. That's a troll.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 12:34 4

27. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2615; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Well thats a total bullsh@t list I've seen. Look at that had it list....thats almost all android flagships, and having both ipad mini 2 and air at the same time sounds bull...

posted on 21 Jun 2014, 11:04 1

42. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 626; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


He might be a smartphone salesman... thats why he thinks he has had all the devices...

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 13:40 1

32. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5447; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


No problem Rebel. :)

posted on 23 Jun 2014, 03:40

54. joey_sfb (Posts: 2527; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Well, he's always fingering his apple. If its the size of an Apple its most likely a tumor.

Brain or throat tumor! Lol.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 12:06 4

24. gaara6775 (Posts: 183; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Can I finger your apple?

posted on 22 Jun 2014, 23:16

50. engineer-1701d (Posts: 403; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


and most asian girls cant drive, only docs in cali use apple so girls will see them as hip plastic surgeons

posted on 23 Jun 2014, 09:24

61. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1187; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


First android release was Donut, followed by Eclair. You REALLY know a lot on this subject.

You almost sound like a doctor, knows their field, and clueless about everything else.

posted on 23 Jun 2014, 13:37 1

62. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Because using an OS is the same as eating junk food and not exercising... Shut up wendy

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:16 5

9. ryan5609 (Posts: 96; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


Project silver and the future of the Nexus line are my two main concerns. Android 4.5 or 5.0 is definitely a close second. I just hope they go to 5.0, which I assume they would if they are going about a "major" redesign, enough to warrant a version number jump. I don't know why, but I am just tired of being stuck in the 4's. We have been in the 4's for almost 3 years now, since October 2011. ICS is nothing like Kitkat IMO, ascetically, it is close but certainly not functionality wise. I think it is time for a bump.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:17

10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2615; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Lollipop i like it. :-P

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:23

14. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2615; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I really hope there's a new android version release and more on Project Ara.

posted on 22 Jun 2014, 06:13

48. rahul.niks (Posts: 40; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


I too love the new name, and i don't care about flat or not, just want it to be a little smoother, only thing in which Android can really improve, else Android is best combo. Rest new things are heartily welcome

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:21

12. HTCOE (Posts: 406; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


Ninetysix -- dream on... but i do expect a great unveilling though

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:45

18. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


actually by looking at the clock on latest ads we see the time 5:00 on the clock, meaning 5.0 will be next

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:45 3

19. boosook (Posts: 896; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


My take on Google Glass: they don't want to launch at all. At least, they don't want to be first, because they know that there are privacy issues, people with glass banned from public places, class actions from people claiming they got a headache and so on. They think they're not strong enough and that some politician looking for its 15 minutes of fame could convince some govermnent to approve some kind of restrictive law, comprimising Google's efforts and the immense work they've done until now on the product.
So, they're waiting. Until something happens.
Until someone, maybe Samsung or Apple, will come out with a similar product. I bet they hope it will be Apple, since they know that if Apple launches a smart glass, it would be considered as a trendy product, while if Google launches it would be considered a privacy threat. And once Apple launches, they'll follow soon because they're ready.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 11:09

20. Totse2k15 (Posts: 203; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Looking forward to Android 5.0 & Nexus 8 news. If none of these show up, I'll say meh and buy the beastly Tab S 8.4". Other google i/o shows don't interest me.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 11:13 1

21. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1111; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Hoping it's Liquorice.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 11:19

22. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I'm definitely looking forward to Android 5.0, if it is indeed released. Otherwise, I'd love to hear news about a new Nexus (designed by Motorola, perhaps?) and/or Project Ara (which could serve as the replacement for the Nexus line, perhaps?)

The Android Car Link and fitness center apps would be cool too. I'll be able to get a new car in about a year and a half, so it'd be nice to see new cars with direct official Android compatibility.

posted on 23 Jun 2014, 07:09 1

57. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3874; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It would be interesting to see Project Ara become the next line of products from Google. Since they say it's the phone made for everyone, I assume they would launch it globally rather than just on Google Play and a couple carriers. I hope we get some news about Project Ara and Android Silver, along with a 5.0 release. Do you realize Google has spent nearly half of Android's official life in 4.x? If we don't get 5.0 this year, that means we would have spent more time in 4.x than all other Android versions combined. ICS and onward has been fantastic, but it's time for a change.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 12:09

25. gaara6775 (Posts: 183; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Nexus 8 with collaboration with HTC

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 12:12 2

26. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1688; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Lollipop doesn't sound right at all. Imagine a girl having a convo with her friend on her Nexus going like "hey, I got the Lollipop update".

posted on 23 Jun 2014, 03:45 1

55. joey_sfb (Posts: 2527; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Windows phone sounds brilliant to you I suppose.

What does Windows have in common with phone? Doors phone is just as cool!

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 13:22

30. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


G3 or Z2 GPE, and Moto 360 release date, that's all the hardware stuff i want. I still don't know what Project silver is, so i'd like to know more about it. Software and services is where they can surprise me, i hope that they tighten up Android security and more control over what goes in the store, and i'm hoping for something surprising.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 15:45

34. Thief76 (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


the UI is Veeeerrrrrrryyyyyy beautiful .

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 17:14

35. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6126; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Waiting for Project ARA and GOOGLE GLASS hopefully they will announce GOOGLE GLASS CONSUMER price tag

posted on 23 Jun 2014, 07:17

58. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3874; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Each Google Glass unit only takes about $150 to make. Google has never really been too big on profit margins, but I assume the cost of the R&D and engineering would drive the price higher than usual for Google products. My guess is $500 tops, probably closer to $400.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 23:21

38. ColinW (Posts: 12; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


There is no shame in copying, following, imitating or whatever you want to call it. However, Apple are suing aggressively all those who even remotely copy features in their products, whether they invented them or not. Extreme Apple supporters shout with jihadist fervency at the slightest hint of anyone using Apple ideas. Both, cannot expect anyone not to react when they blatently do the same.

posted on 21 Jun 2014, 10:39

40. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 42; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


What will happen after the phone Nexus gets to the Nexus 7 but there was already a tablet called the Nexus 7?

posted on 21 Jun 2014, 14:12

45. mikewillz (Posts: 39; Member since: 03 May 2013)


I think nothing will happen this year other then android wear and maybe another incremental kit kat update.

posted on 22 Jun 2014, 02:22 1

46. improv (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


I wonder how deep this workshop will go into Project Ara:
https://www.google.com/events/io/schedule/session/f47f19a5-63b9-e311-b297-00155d5066d7
Perhaps just an intro...?
"Project Ara asks how we bring the benefits of an open hardware ecosystem to 6B people. It’s physical. We want to do for hardware what open platforms have done for software… create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barrier to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and compress development timelines. "

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