Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has done a lot as expected in its developers conference, I/O 2014. The company made key announcements related to the NEST project and a lot more than that.
Josh Lipton, on CNBC, caught up with key people during the event. He spoke to Patrick Brady, Director of Android Engineering at Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Lipton asked him to explain more about Androidauto. Brady began stating:
“Android Auto is something we’ve really reimagined, redesigned for the car. So it’s the same Android experience that you’re used to, but it’s designed to be used while driving.”
Brady said that the key features about Android Auto include being completely voice enabled, allowing you to focus more on the road and its context aware which allows it to tailor the experience so that you don’t need to worry much about the kind of music you want to listen or calling someone urgently as it also keeps a track of whom you call frequently.
He was also asked about the one thing that makes Android Auto completely different from the competitors and he said there are a lot of factors including its adoption and the SDK Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has opened up allowing developers to build a lot of custom apps for it to improve the user experience. He also said that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) being the leader in voice and search technology helps in tailoring the user experience.
Brady also said that over 40 car manufacturers have joined the Android Auto project and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is going to ship the first car before the end of 2014. That is real quick and he thinks it was all possible due to the great partnerships with auto makers.
Lipton also spoke to another Android director of Engineering at Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), David Singleton and they discussed about Android wear, the wearable segment featuring smart watches and other wearable products to come. Singleton said that the new Android wear has a lot of developers working to build apps for the smart watches and other wearables. Thought he spoke much that we already know such as the watches would combine with phones and deliver better flexibility.
Singleton was then asked how the wearable helps well than a phone and he gave an example of “all the cooks” app. With this app loaded in the phone, it’s difficult to look at the phone while cooking, whereas with the new Smartwatch, user can directly look at the wrist and enjoy cooking. So these look like exiciting launches with a lot of partners. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has teamed up with partners like Samsung, LG and a few other companies in the Android wear section.