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GoogleWire: Google Aggressive on Mobile – Launches Health, AndroidAuto, TV and more

Android Auto platform 

To strengthen the Android platform, Google has launched Android Auto, a platform for the car where users can just mirror their smartphone’s screen on the car’s screen. Android Auto supports Google Maps and is completely voice-enabled so you can run it via voice commands.

A driver can connect his or her phone to the car and reply to messages get on mobile with voice, play music and use the car’s dials and buttons to control the apps running on his phone.

“Android Auto is contextually aware to give you the right information when you need it, completely voice-enabled so you can keep you hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road,” Google’s Patrick Brady added.

Google is alos planning to bring some apps to Android Auto such as Songza, Pandora, and other radio and music streaming apps. Also. it is expected to release SDK for Android Auto which will be essential for music apps and messaging support.

Google had 40 partners including Bentley, Ferrari, Audi, Ford, Nissan, Mazda, Suzuki, Skoda, Honda and others also.

New Television Set-Box, Android TV


Google introduced a new television set-box called Android TV that helps smartphones and tablets to perform different tasks like Video searching, controlling playback and Video Game. Android TV comes with Voice control, similar to devices like the Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV and Apple TV and also having Google Search on your television.

It can be controlled by a smartwatch, as well as Android mobile devices. “TVs are fast becoming smarter and more connected,” said Dave Burke, a Google executive.

The system’s menu consists of different icons along with rows and also includes full Google Cast support. The company has also introduced Backdrop for setting custom themed screen images while you’re not watching TV or playing games.

CNet says: Google launched its initial try at the television in 2010 with Google TV, a separate software package that promised easy access to television listings and full access to the Web on a TV. That effort fell flat. The company tried again last year with Chromecast, a dongle that plugs into a television and relies on a computer, tablet, or smartphone to transmit music, video, or photos to the device. Chromecast’s success is unclear.

Masable says: This allows the user to, for example, speak a query like “find Oscar nominated actors”; then, a selection of viewable content will show on the screen, fitting the parameters of your spoken query. The function works to surface content like live television shows, videos on Google Play and on YouTube.

Android One mobile platform for India

Google has launched an Low-cost Android smartphone named Android One priced at less than USD 100 (INR 6,000). It comes with 4.5-inch screen, an FM radio, dual SIM, and an SD card.

“We are working with many partners, We are going to be launching Android One around the world, but will launch in India first in the fall of this year,” Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai said, including Micromax and Karbonn, brands that are not well-known in the U.S. but which have significant market share in India.

NDTV Gadgets says: It will also help Google and its partners push updates to Android devices, with optimised stock Android experiences being replaced by new ones. With OEMs using the Android One platform, Google will also be able to ensure a minimum set of standards for smartphones.

The Android One initiative works with smartphone makers and others in the “ecosystem” to pool resources and standardize hardware platforms to provide “turnkey solutions” for making handsets, elaborated Pichai.

GSM Arena says: The Android One program guarantees that the phones that come out of it will run on the most recent Android release, as Google will push updates to those phones similar to the way it handles GPE devices.

Android Wear, The OS for smartwatches

Google rolled out its Android Wear operating system which supports some limited health applications. It includes Accelerator and Sensors for measuring steps and hearth rate of the user.

Android wear supports Google map helpful in finding where you want to go, and get directions. It also allows user to play music along with a set of controls for playing, pausing, and moving between tracks.

Venture Beat says: Google announced a new Samsung phone, the Gear Live, that runs Wear. Also the LG G-Watch, which also runs Wear, will be available in the Play store today. Another watch, the round Moto watch from Motorola, will be available later this summer.

The watch can display phone calls being recieved on the user’s Android phone, then give the wearer an option to skip the call, or to send and SMS saying “I’ll call you back.”

In general, upward swipes are used to move from function to function on the watch, and sideways swipes are used to move about within an app.

Google Fit Health Data Platform

Google unveiled its Google Fit Health data platform to compete with Apple’s HealthKit platform, and Samsung’s SAMI platform. The platform will be used for collecting health related data like heart rate, steps taken, and blood sugar level from smartwatches and other mobile devices.

The company is also planning to release a set of Google Fit APIs to app developers, that can manage and combine multiple types of health data. The Google Fit API will allow app makers to present “a complete picture of the user’s fitness,” as Google says it.

Venture Beat says: Google says that Nike FuelBand plans to publish the user health data it gathers to the Google Fit platform, which will allow apps to integrate that fitness and health data.

Nike has been working closely with Apple on integration with the HealthKit platform, so it was a mild surprise that FuelBand will play nice with Google Fit, too.

Adidas is also developing a line of sensor-based health wearables that will integrate with the Google Fit platform.

Google stresses that users will have full control over what apps use their health data.

Tech First Post says: Fit functions similarly to recently introduced services from Apple and Samsung. The tracking and analysis of health information is expected to be a big driver for smartwatches and other sensor-laden devices this year.

While Samsung unveiled the Sami platform last month and Apple recently announced the HealthKit at WWDC, Google ha snow played its cards to stay at par with its competitors. Rumours around the Fit had started emerging earlier this month. Earlier report had revealed it ‘would allow a wearable device that measures data like steps or heart rate to interface with Google’s cloud-based services, and become part of the Google Fit ecosystem.’

Mashable says: By using sensors on mobile devices and wearables — like Google’s smartwatch collection — users will be able to have a better handle on their various health and fitness-related data to give better recommendations. For example, weightloss app Noom (an early partner of Google Fit) can combine workout data, your weight in real-time (it works with the Withings smart scale) and your eating habits, it monitors your activity and makes suggestions (i.e. when your cookie habit is getting too high, it will intervene).

Other partners include Nike+, LF, Adidas, Basis, Runtastic, RunKeeper, Polar, HTC and Motorola.

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