Public awaited much more of this conference, however the news released at GOOGLE I/O 2013 did not disappoint. Celebrated in San Francisco from May 14th to 17th, GOOGLE I/O did not introduce a new Nexus neither an updated version of the Android operating systems.
These are some of the most important points Google introduced that may be the most interesting ones for our team of developers:
- New APIS for developers at Google Play Services ( new functionalities optimized to reduce battery use)
- New Google Maps Android API v2 – allow developers building Google maps in apps
- New location APIS – fused location provider, geofencing (virtual fences, app triggers when entering or leaving these fences) and activity recognition (help users with physical activity – figures out if the user is walking, cycling or driving with no use of GPS)
- Google Cloud Messaging: push from cloud to apps allowing as well upstream messaging to send data from apps to server
- Synchronised notifications between devices
- Developer Tools – improved features at ANDROID STUDIO
- New monetizing features added to the developer console: optimisation tips, app translation service, referral tracking, usage metrics and revenue graphs (no need to connect to Google Analytics
- New Mobile API features:
- WebP – open source royalty free compression technology: space saving image format, 31% reduction in size.
- VP9 – open royalty free video container: 63% reduction in size. Future of YouTube videos.
- Data compression on Chrome for mobile
Other interesting releases:
- Google Play: redesigned, simpler interface.
- Google+ sign in: allows user signing into web pages, apps etc using your google account – cross-platform single sign-in
- All Access: music program similar to Spotify. Allows users managing their own Music Library, creating Playlists and Radio created from favourite genres. Subscription fee $9.99/month, 30 day trial. Only available in US by the moment.
- Google Play Games: Google’s own videogames’ platform for Android and Chrome. It will also be available for iOS platform.
- Google Maps simplifies and improves its interface for both web and mobile versions.
- Introduction of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 using pure Android operating system instead of Samsung’s TouchWiz. This new device with come with an unlocked bootloader and original Android’s ROM, the same one of Nexus devices. This way, the new S4 will not wait to get an update of the operating system when it is released.
- New improved features for Google+ in its aim to be a direct competitor of Facebook.
- Updated Google Hangouts app brings Google into the instant messaging and multiplatform market. Available for Android, iOS and Chrome, a redesigned interface and integrating group videocalls from the original Hangouts.
Now that Google I/O is over we are awaiting new releases at Apple’s WWDC 2013, that will be held from June 10th to 14th. Introduction of iOS 7 and/or OS X 10.9 are expected to happen during these 4 days.
But not only a new version of iOS Operating System, much more is expected to surprise the public at Apple’s Year Event. Above all when this has been the worst years in Apple’s history, a year in which the company has lost positions in the ranking in front of its direct competitors.
Despite Apple’s income decrease, its stocks lose a 40% and Samsung sales overtook iPhone, Apple is still the first one in figures. Numbers do not lie:
- Apple earns in iPhone sales as much as Microsoft with the whole business. Only overtaken by Samsung whose growth reaches 16.8%.
- Earns as much as Microsoft and Google together, that is $9547 millions net from January to March, a 17.8% less than last year though.
- Apple gross margin falls but is still in a good level. Nevertheless Apple may be forced to released a cheaper version of iPhone to face its biggest competitor, Samsung, as they already did with the Mini iPad.
- Defeats all competitors in cash. Apple owns more than $145K millions, what supports its big value in the stock market.