According to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), Google has committed to updating Android with support for Bluetooth Smart (also known as Bluetooth Low Energy) “in the coming months.”
There were so many new things announced at Google I/O opening keynote yesterday, it’s hard to keep track of them. Let’s review the stories from C/Net, Engadget, The Verge, Android Authority, ComputerWorld, GigaOm, and TechCrunch.
Engadget has a recap of the announcements:
- There have been 900 million Android activations, 48 billion app installs to date
- Google intros Android Studio, an IDE for building apps
- Google unveils Samsung Galaxy S 4 running stock Android Jelly Bean, available June 26th for $649
- Google announces new Checkout button, one-click purchases on the go
- Google Play game services aims to integrate gaming across Android, iOS and the web, available today
- Google Cloud Messaging now part of Google Play Services
- Google Play gets dedicated chart for Android tablet apps, web redesign
- Google intros Play for Education, a curated portal for apps and books
- Google launches All Access music-streaming service in the US: $9.99 monthly fee
- Google Play Books supports user uploads EPUB and PDF user uploads
- Google Play Music All Access
- Google+ gets a new multi-column card design and ability to automatically add hashtags (update: video)
- Google launches new Google+ Hangouts platform and mobile apps with focus on conversations
- Google shows off Auto Enhance and Highlights photo-editing tools for Google+
- Vector-based, personalized Google Maps
- Google outs new Maps and Location APIs, brings geofencing and low power location services
- Google Maps redesigned with improved search and tablet UI (video)
- Google Wallet will soon let you send payments as a Gmail attachment
- Google Now adds reminder cards, real-time public transit info and music recommendations
- Google’s conversational voice search reaches the desktop through Chrome
- Field Trip for Android gets updated
- Google TV officially updated to latest versions of Android and Chrome, faster updates promised going forward
PC Magazine has The 10 Most Exciting Things Google Announced at I/O.
According to a blog post from Google, the company will begin streaming content from Google Developers LIVE and Google I/O 13 at 9 a.m. on May 15th, and conclude at 7 p.m. on May 16th.
The future will see “real-time entertainment” dominate fixed access networks, accounting for two-thirds of total data usage in 2018, driven largely by ubiquitous integration between smart TVs, set-tops, game consoles and streaming services,” according to market researcher Sandvine. “Web Browsing will continue be the second-largest source of traffic, partly driven by the number of mobile devices at use in the home.”
According to a survey (pdf) released Tuesday by Sandvine, Netflix has 32.3 percent of the “real-time entertainment” market share, while YouTube has 17.1 percent, Hulu has 2.4 percent, and Amazon has 1.31 percent. Those numbers haven’t changed much since last year.
“Maintaining its status as the dominant traffic category in the region, Real-Time Entertainment is responsible for over 68 percent of downstream bytes during peak period, compared with 65 percent six months ago,” Sandvine wrote in its report. “Netflix continues to be the unchallenged leader for traffic, accounting for 32.3 percent of downstream traffic during peak period.”
Gladstone, Missouri is the next city to get Google Fiber. Google announced Fiber would be coming to the nearby town of Shawnee, Kansas on May 3rd, and now has Sprint’s headquarters in Overland Park virually surrounded.
Next month we will reach the milestone where the number of active Mobile devices is equal to the number of people in the world, says Zahid Ghadialy in the 3G and 4G Wireless Blog.
There are many people with more than one active mobile device and there are others who have no devices so it is believed the number of active devices will keep rising for some time to come.
Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled nearly 426 million units in the first quarter of 2013, a slight increase of 0.7 percent from the same period last year, says Gartner. About half those were smartphones.
AT&T is pulling the plug on the “Facebook phone”, an anonymous source told the Boy Genius Report.
In other news, BlackBerry 10.1 is now available for the BlackBerry Z10. BlackBerry 10.1 is a free update that will be rolling out with carrier partners over the coming weeks. Among other things the BlackBerry Hub has added support for PIN to PIN messages for direct communication between BlackBerry smartphones.