To say this week was huge for Google would be a bit of an understatement. It was a massive week for Google, Android and everyone attending Google I/O. To get a better grasp of how huge it was exactly, the folks over at Wired sat down with Google's very own Head of Android, Sundar Pichai for an interview that's well worth a read.

In the interview, Sundar addresses questions about the latest Android developments, the strategy for Android, the integration of Nest into Google, and how Google is working with Samsung as well as his thoughts on whether or not the Amazon Fire phone is an 'Android device'.

There's been a big evolution since the days of personal computing. People had a concept of one computing device per family or maybe per person. We've clearly evolved to computing devices becoming more personal. People increasingly have a lot of those in their lives. So to us, the thing was, how do you build a computing platform and an experience which spans all those screens? How do you get it all working for users in a cohesive way? We need to bring Android and Chrome to every screen that matters for users, which is why we focused on phone, wearables, car, television, laptops, and even your workplace. Also, we wanted to do things in a way in which they were really contextually aware. A major theme was this notion of your phone being at the center of this connected experience –voice enabled, with Google Now cards accessible.

Sundar doesn't stray from the hard questions either as he addresses the Android position in China, why Google never rolled out much hardware at Google I/O and the issue of protesters interrupting the keynote events. If you've not read it, be sure to head on over and give it a read or let us know your thoughts on it all in the comments if you've read it already.

Source: Wired

 

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Sundar Pichai discusses why Google I/O announcements were huge

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Had they done a Q&A with the crowd, or at least the Reporters there, I'd bet someone would have asked.

I really thought they would have taken questions from the audience at some point. Pretty shocking that anyone from any media outlet got to do a sitdown at all right after all of this.

I must be the only person that likes them as separate entities. I make few voice calls and abhor voicemail so Id rather that annoyance stay in its own app.
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i guess i don't care either way really, just that voice is severely neglected and who knows if it's on the chopping block at this point or not. a hangouts/voice merger to me would just signify that it's still alive and well. any update of any kind would've worked for me. also part of me was hoping for something to be done with the MMS situation on voice too, like emails for incoming MMS or something.

Right, this. I should try to get a ticket next year, so I can be the one yelling at them :P And to make matters worse, they added emoji support to it a day before the conference, just to pour salt into the wound. You KNOW they did that on purpose. They are mocking us.

"Google is going to build the killer robots that finally fix MMS on Google Voice and merge it with Hangouts!"

I would love for it to be more tightly integrated into the OS, so you could use it like a normal SMS app, such as when you're using an app that can auto-reply with an SMS, etc.

I am glad to see that Google is working on so many areas at once, including adding a bunch of Samsung "bloat" into the core OS.

I am really wording what my house is gonna be link in 10 years. My wife is gonna have to be a whole lot less of a technophobe in the coming years when this stuff matures...

Google now and its now domination of android is garbage. Now I can't avoid it. I don't like cheap card look its like Google metro. I also think that cheap flat ui is meant to save battery life. The navigation buttons are half assed and cheap looking. I want old android guy back.

Then stick to skinned versions of Android lol. I can't help but feel that this will be like iOS 8, where everybody complained before release and when it finally arrived to everybody's handsets people started liking it and feeling okay with it.

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Yeah, I wasn't all that impressed. From a consumer standpoint the Android stuff wasn't anything too exciting. Wearables had already been announced. Android TV seemed like a 'this again?' after Google TV, and Android Drive (or whatever they call Android in the car) just struck me as an inevitability.
But then, it's hard to top the release (surprise release no less) of something like Chromecast.

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To anyone who watched the keynote

The guy yelling out that robots are going to kill us all was a little disturbing
First I/o I've watched

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I have to admit that strictly from a consumer standpoint. I was VERY excited. Its interesting Pichai said the I/O is for developers because I am ALWAYS very thrilled after I see an I/O Keynote. Its a great preview of the great things I get to look forward to in the Chrome/Android Realm.

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