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May 10, 2011, 11:08 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated May 10, 2011, 11:18 AM

Join Phone Scoop for a liveblog of the Day 1 keynote at Google's I/O developer conference. Google announced Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which will be launched in the fourth quarter of this year. It will be compatible with all devices — tablet and phones.

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May 10, 2011, 11:54 AM: This concludes PhoneScoop's liveblog of the Google I/O Day 1 keynote.

May 10, 2011, 11:53 AM: Android 3.1 Honeycomb to hit the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the coming weeks, when it becomes available.

May 10, 2011, 11:53 AM: MAD.

May 10, 2011, 11:53 AM: The crowd is cheering like mad.

May 10, 2011, 11:52 AM: Google is excited about the new Google devices coming out of the next few months. They are showing off the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab.

May 10, 2011, 11:51 AM: to recap: 100,000,000 devices with 4.5 billion (BILLION) app installs. Honeycomb 3.1 for the Motorola Xoom. Ice Cream Sandwich and the movei rentals, music beta, and the alliance to get new devices updates sooner.

May 10, 2011, 11:50 AM: Google is banking on developers' imagination to really take the Android at Home stuff to really take off.

May 10, 2011, 11:50 AM: Wow, Google just showed off NFC, Android At Home, and its cloud services and how they all work together to make things happen, such as wirelessly add music from a CD to a user's cloud storage.

May 10, 2011, 11:47 AM: Project tungsten is yet another new idea using Android At Home that lets users connect their Android Hub to devices such as home stereos.

May 10, 2011, 11:46 AM: Companies will be selling Android At Home devices towards the end of the year.

May 10, 2011, 11:46 AM: Google believes the Android At Home framework will lead to a lot of evaluation. They are flashing the lights based on one of the Google staffers playing a game on an Android device. Neat!

May 10, 2011, 11:44 AM: Google demoed a series of light switches so that lights can be turned on and off from the device rather than the switch. Everything can be done wirelessly.

May 10, 2011, 11:43 AM: A new protocol will allow basic connectivity with anything in a home, lights, clocks, dishwasher, etc.

May 10, 2011, 11:43 AM: Google wants to define an Android accessory as your entire home. Android At Home is a new vision. Extending Android OS to new services, that will allow Android apps to communicate and connect with appliances and devices within the home.

May 10, 2011, 11:42 AM: Google says no fees, etc., etc., and wants Googles developers to get started ASAP to take advantage of this new functionality coming to Android phones.

May 10, 2011, 11:41 AM: Google demonstrated by using a labarynth game that was controlled by the accelerometer and gyroscope in an Android tablet. They actually built a life-size max for this.

May 10, 2011, 11:40 AM: Others will offer the ADK boards to help developers take advantage of this as well. Basically, Google is allowing developers to "enable" anything with Android.

May 10, 2011, 11:39 AM: Google hopes there will be many more accessories that support. USB supported to start, Bluetooth support coming down the line. This is really neat. Google is also offering APIs to developers to control this, and an Android Accessory Developer Kit based on Arduino.

May 10, 2011, 11:38 AM: They are demonstrating with a new app called CardioQuest, so the bike will control a game.

May 10, 2011, 11:37 AM: For example, exercise bikes can be enabled with Open Accessory, and then used in conjunction with an Android device for music playback. The phone can recognize accessories, an can TALK to the workout bike and then interact with it.

May 10, 2011, 11:36 AM: Google is announcing Android Open Accessory for accessories that will work with any Android device moving forward.

May 10, 2011, 11:35 AM: Google wants to enable developers to do a lot more with their applications and take advantage of all that the hardware can do.

May 10, 2011, 11:35 AM: Google is stepping away from ANdroid specific stuff and is now looking ahead at the "next wave" of Android.

May 10, 2011, 11:34 AM: Google says more devices Verizon, HTC, T-Mobile, Samsung , SPrint, AT&T Sony Ericsson, LG, Motorola. New devices from these partners will get the latest Google Android updates for at least 18 months as long as the hardware supports it.

May 10, 2011, 11:32 AM: All Google I/O attendees will get one of the invites (Yay!). Android 2.2 devices will also have access to a new music player with support for Musisc Beta.

May 10, 2011, 11:32 AM: Google Music is launching in Beta today. Only by invite to US users right now. Will support 20,000 songs, and will be free while in beta.

May 10, 2011, 11:31 AM: The application is optimized for different devices, desktop, tablets, smartphones. Users can immediatelyt access all music even from brand new phones. ALl they need to do is sign into their Google account.

May 10, 2011, 11:30 AM: Recently played music is cached on the device for more immediate playback, and can be used when offline.

May 10, 2011, 11:29 AM: The on-device client has a 3D carousel with tons of effects. The app connects to the music service in the cloud. Google says you'll never have to use a cable to add music again. PLaylist view is coo.

May 10, 2011, 11:28 AM: LOL. They called it "Ingenius." Taking a pot shot at iTunes' Genius settings.

May 10, 2011, 11:28 AM: It will also create instant mixes based on users uploading music. It supports 25 songs automatically that will ve added to the playlists based on the type of musnc.

May 10, 2011, 11:27 AM: It will show recently played, recently added, album view, and so on. It looks VERY similar to Amazon's Could Player. Users can also create Playlists on the browser.

May 10, 2011, 11:26 AM: Google will release a new Music Manager application for both Mac and Windows to make uploading much easier than dragging and dropping.

May 10, 2011, 11:26 AM: Music Beta, by Google, officially announced at I/O. Music can be listened to on the web or any compatible devices. ALl music is streamed over the internet and doesn't need to be stored locally on devices.

May 10, 2011, 11:25 AM: Google is now moving on to Google Music explanation. They are bringing up Paul Joyce to talk about it.

May 10, 2011, 11:25 AM: Movie viewing and renting will be available to Android 3.1 Motorola Xoom starting today, and to Android 2.1 and 2.2 smartphones starting in a few weeks.

May 10, 2011, 11:23 AM: Phones won't be left out of the movie rental mix, either. Movies can be rented via the desktop or the Android Market on devices, too.

May 10, 2011, 11:22 AM: There will be a new movie application on Android devices for viewing Android Market rentals. Google is talking about the cloud aspect,s but will also allow users to "pin" them to devices, which means they will be downloaded for offline use.

May 10, 2011, 11:21 AM: Google demonstrating the movie rental service. It is built into the web version of Android Market, looks very similar to Android Market on the desktop. Movies rental agreement is the same as with iTunes. It will be available for 30 days, but only for 24 hours once it is started.

May 10, 2011, 11:20 AM: Starting today, users can rent movies via Android Market and stream them through the Internet to Android devices and/or PCs. Rentals cost $1.99.

May 10, 2011, 11:20 AM: Apps and books are available in the Android Market. Books, for example, are available across all Google-enabled services. The same experience is coming with movies and music, as well.

May 10, 2011, 11:19 AM: Google is also announcing some new media services at I/O today.

May 10, 2011, 11:17 AM: Ice Cream sandwich will have support for 3D motion control via the camera, and it can also apply silly frames, and a virtual camera operator.

May 10, 2011, 11:16 AM: Ice Cream sandwich is about breadth and depth. Google is going to perform some demonstrations from its "Roswell" team.

May 10, 2011, 11:16 AM: Everything will be open source, says Google.

May 10, 2011, 11:15 AM: Top Priority for Ice Crea, Sandwich will be one seamless user interface that runs across all devices. Developers will be able to more easily write for any device with new APIs that will help apps scale across different screens, devices, etc.

May 10, 2011, 11:14 AM: Some of the new features in Android Ice Cream, "choice" will be a big theme. It will supports phones, bars, QWERTYs, tablets, gaming devices and more.

May 10, 2011, 11:14 AM: The next major Android release will be Ice Cream Sandwich. Google is targeting a Q4 launch.

May 10, 2011, 11:13 AM: ANdroid 3.1 will also become available to Google TV, which will also get the Android Market. All Google TV products will automatically update. to Android 3.1 and gain access to the Market.

May 10, 2011, 11:12 AM: Android devices can now act as USB hosts, for importing photos directly to a tablet. The OS also supports a "ridiculous" number of USB input devices -- including game controllers.

May 10, 2011, 11:11 AM: ANdroid 3.1 will never run out of memory and will also be able to manage memory. Google is also adding resizable widgets in Android 3.1.

May 10, 2011, 11:10 AM: Android 3.1 will add more tasks the multitasking bar and is no longer limited to the most recent apps.

May 10, 2011, 11:10 AM: Google today announced a new upgrade to Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which will first be available to the Motorola Xoom.

May 10, 2011, 11:09 AM: Google plans to cover and talk about the Android platform today. Also plans to show us two new services debuting today/soon.

May 10, 2011, 11:08 AM: Google announced that over 100 million Android devices have been activated, and there are now over 200,000 applications available in the ANdroid Market.

About the author, Eric M. Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.



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May 10, 2011, 12:20 PM

nexus s 4g by google

that phone sucks no memory card slot cant put music on it its not a 4g I like sprint but ur phone is so dam slow 😡 😡 you could of made that phone better than that.
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