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Bar-tending robots, Billy Idol, and free Chromebooks weren’t the only impressive things at Google I/O this year. Five of us attended the mid-May event and found a lot of useful recourses in the sessions that we wanted to share with you all.
But you don’t have to spend your Memorial Day weekend watching conference videos, because we’ve already weeded through the content and come up with a nice short list of “must-sees.” Here are the biggest takeaways from Google I/O 2013:
Biggest Google I/O Design Takeaways:
Here are the four sessions that seemed the most useful for designers:
- Enchant, Simplify, Amaze: Android Design Principles
- Agile UX Research Practice in Android
- Structure in Android App Design
- Android Design for UI Developers
Biggest Google I/O Development Takeaways:
Google IO was filled with new / updated tools and APIs. Here are some of the most important ones:
- Android Studio IDE based on IntelliJ (check it out if you haven’t)
- Gradle Build Tools
- Location APIs Fused Location Provider – Improved accuracy, power consumption and simplicity (use it!)
- Maps APIv2
- ActivityRecognition API – Determine if user is driving, biking, walking, standing still
- Google Cloud Messaging – Upstream messaging, XMPP
- Volley Networking API
- Google Play Services – Most of the new APIs are available through Google Play Services so make sure you check that out
- Google Play Game Services
(** = Must See, * = Useful)
- Android Graphics Performance**
- Beyond the Blue Dot: New Features in Android Location**
- What’s New In Google Play Services*
- Google Cloud Messaging*
- Android Protips: Making Apps Work Like Magic*
- A Moving Experience (Animations)**
Sorry we couldn’t take you to Google I/O with us this year, but hopefully watching some of these sessions makes you feel like you were there.
We’d love to hear your feedback on the sessions we shared, as well as your recommendations if your favorite session didn’t make our list. Let us know in the comments!