Author Picture By Monica Tran, Developer Marketing team

Today at Moscone, we kicked off our 7th annual Google I/O. This year, we’re focusing on three key themes: design, develop, distribute, helping you build your app from start to finish. It’s been amazing to see how far you’ve come: in fact, since the last Google I/O, we’ve paid developers more than $5 billion, a testament to the experiences you’re creating. In the keynote, we had a number of announcements geared towards meeting the user wherever they go: on the TV, in the car and on your wrist. Below is a taste of some of the goodies we unveiled to help you along the way:

DESIGN:

  • Material design: we introduced material design, which uses tactile surfaces, bold graphic design, and fluid motion to create beautiful, intuitive experiences
  • L-Release of Android, with material design: Bringing material design to Android is a big part of the L-Release of Android: we’ve added the new Material theme (which you can apply to your apps for a new style) and the ability to specify a view’s elevation, allowing you to cast dynamic, real-time shadows in your apps.
  • Bringing material design to Polymer: As a developer, you’ll now have access to all the capabilities of material design via Polymer, bringing tangibility, bold graphics, and animations to your applications on the web, all at 60fps.

DEVELOP:

  • L Developer Preview: Get extra lead time to make great apps for the next version of Android, with 5,000 new APIs to make Android simpler and more consistent on screens everywhere
  • Google Play services 5.0 is rolling out worldwide with great new features for developers.
  • Android TV SDK — Explore, learn and build apps and games for the biggest screen in the home. Your hard work will pay off in the fall when Asus, Razer and other partners launch their first Android TV devices.
  • Google Cast SDK: Help users find your content more easily with the improved Google Cast SDK developer console, which lets your app get discovered on chromecast.com/apps and on Google Play.
  • Android Auto SDK coming Bring your app experience to the car by extending your existing app with Android Auto APIs. Be in millions of cars - with just one app.
  • Google Fit: An open fitness platform giving users control of their fitness data so that developers can focus on building smarter apps and manufacturers can focus on creating amazing devices
  • Gaming: Learn what's new about Google Play Games and the Android platform to take games to the next level.
  • Google Cloud Platform: Get help with debugging, tracing, and monitoring applications in with new developer productivity tooling. Also, try Cloud Dataflow, a new fully managed service that simplifies the process of creating data pipelines.
  • The new Gmail API: Add Gmail features to your app with RESTful access to threads, messages, labels, drafts and history

DISTRIBUTE:

With the keynote behind us, we’ve still got two full days of session content for your viewing enjoyment at google.com/io. No matter where you are in the lifecyle of your app--whether you’re digging into user research, coming up against a tough technical challenge, or looking to get your app in the hands of millions of users--you can tune into the I/O Live stream for talks covering the themes of Design, Develop, and Distribute.

Posted by Louis Gray, Googler



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