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Android

Calling all Android Developers and Designers! Google I/O 2013 is today!

Google I/O is a developers conference that Google holds for Android, Chrome, Google+, and many other topics. Watching Google I/O two years ago is what really launched me into development and design for Android, so I recommend any developers to definitely catch the sessions when they are live streamed.

I have been looking forward to I/O since last year, but I was lucky enough to nab a ticket this year, so I'm already in San Francisco eagerly awaiting the opening keynote tomorrow. Let me know if you will be there!

I will probably update this post just to reiterate any important things I've seen in person. Feel free to turn this into a discussion about all things I/O! Ben Jakuben you wouldn't happen to be attending, would you?

One of the most exciting parts is the opening keynote at noon (EST): Here's the link

9 Answers

Starts in 3 hours! I'll watch it while at work :)

Thanks for the share!

Ben Jakuben
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Ben Jakuben
Treehouse Teacher

:thumbsup:

I'm jealous, Ernest! I didn't even try to go this year because it didn't fit in my family schedule. One of our developers, Joe Steele, is out there, though! :)

Keith Monaghan
Keith Monaghan
9,494 Points

I'm really excited to see what they come out with.

Ben Jakuben
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Ben Jakuben
Treehouse Teacher

Here are my key takeaways:

  • Geofencing :thumbsup:
  • Beta testing through Google Play using Google+ Circles
  • New Hangouts app looks pretty nice. Can't wait to drop my text messaging plan (though still not yet)

And the big one for us developers: Android Studio. I just downloaded it and made a HelloWorld project. (Note: I've used IntelliJ.) Compared to Eclipse (and regarding our Treehouse lessons): the main pieces are the same and people should be able to follow along pretty well. The project setup flow is very similar, but the project structure is quite different (how the pieces are organized in the Project Explorer.

IntelliJ is slick and I'm glad to see official support move over to this. Eclipse has come a long way and I'm personally fond of it, but IntelliJ is a little nicer and smoother and more like Xcode, which is my gold standard for an IDE.

All in all, there was some really cool stuff announced, though I'm sad there was no new or refreshed Nexus devices. The Google S4 is cool and all, but $650 is a lot! Ernest Grzybowski, can't wait to hear your feedback about the actual conference!

Ben Jakuben
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Ben Jakuben
Treehouse Teacher

Just posted my thoughts on the Google I/O keynote with details about what this means for Android developers: http://blog.teamtreehouse.com/why-google-loves-developers

Joe Steele
Joe Steele
10,721 Points

I've really enjoyed the conference so far. I wish you were out here with me Ben Jakuben! Ernest Grzybowski if you are still around and want to say hi, just hit me up on Twitter sometime today at https://twitter.com/joe_steele.

Hope you are enjoying it too!

Parker Busswood
Parker Busswood
20,207 Points

I wish I could have gone, but it's so hard to get tickets! Had a great time when I was there in 2011, can't wait to get back down to SF for I/O again!

Quick wrap up and thoughts.

I/O was awesome, and I hope I can get tickets again for next year. I was really impressed with the entire keynote, as I think Google concentrated on all of it's products equally. I'm excited for Android Studio, but I'm a little wary of this whole Android vs Google Play Services thing going on. Google Play services isn't available on devices like the Kindle, so hopefully they keep the AOSP growing, which I'm sure they will.

Overall, great experience, and I've got a ton of videos to watch over the next few weeks!

P.S. I'm enjoying my Pixel. I'm blown away at the sound quality.

Ben Jakuben
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Ben Jakuben
Treehouse Teacher

Ernest Grzybowski: interesting thoughts about Google Play Services. You should blog about it! Maybe even submit it to Josh Long for consideration on the Treehouse blog. :)