Google I/O 2015 Keynote Liveblog

Today was Google's annual developer conference, I/O. During the near two hour long keynote, we saw many different executives and team leaders from different teams get up on stage and announce some really cool new features.

We got to see that Android M is going the same route as Android L, by offering up a developer preview. That the new permissions are contextual, and only come up when you trigger an event inside of an application, and that the permissions themselves have been trimmed and made easier to understand. We saw that Chrome is taking another step forward into becoming another aspect of Android, as opposed to a separate web browser. We got to see how Android Pay would work, and that Google finally fixed copy/paste on mobile. Sundar Pichai talked about the Internet of Things, and Aparna Chennapragada discussed the future of Google Now. Google Photos got a killer revamp, and Cardboard is literally changing the way students interact and learn in classrooms all over the world.

What we didn't see, however, was an in-depth look into Android M, or hear anything regarding Google+ or Hangouts. Regardless, Google I/O 2015 really stepped its game up, and I'm thoroughly excited to see everything slowly roll out over the next few weeks.

Below, you will find my liveblog of the event, and another post delving into these various topics to help further explain them will be up soon.

  1. I'm super stoked to see what Android released two years ago at Apple's #WWDC2015 next week.
  2. Brace yourselves: There's only 24 minutes left until your timeline is full of Google #IO15 news from yours truly. http://t.co/tnOUF4Y7Ap
    Brace yourselves: There's only 24 minutes left until your timeline is full of Google #IO15 news from yours truly. pic.twitter.com/tnOUF4Y7Ap
  3. And we're off (flying through the solar system, finally landing on earth)! #IO15
  4. This is one insanely long drawn out introduction countdown. #IO15
  5. Man, I want to be Sundar's friend. He seems like he's one of the nicest, smartest, and most thoughtful execs in tech. #IO15
  6. A billion users in each of Google's core products: Search, YouTube, Maps, Gmail, Android, and Chrome. #IO15
  7. Over 4,000 distinct Android devices, 400 OEMs, and 500 carriers. #IO15 http://t.co/K6lkFOuNpL
    Over 4,000 distinct Android devices, 400 OEMs, and 500 carriers. #IO15 pic.twitter.com/K6lkFOuNpL
  8. Like last year's Android L Developer Preview, Android M is going the same route. #IO15 http://t.co/R45xPErLgC
    Like last year's Android L Developer Preview, Android M is going the same route. #IO15 pic.twitter.com/R45xPErLgC
  9. New simpler, smaller app permissions list. Apps only ask when you try to use the feature, instead of when you first install it. #IO15
  10. So far, it looks like Android M will be to Lollipop as Jelly Bean was to ICS - small, meaningful, and important. #IO15
  11. Chrome Custom Tabs - no more dumping out of an app into Chrome; it's one seamless experience. #IO15 http://t.co/iXsF20cyam
    Chrome Custom Tabs - no more dumping out of an app into Chrome; it's one seamless experience. #IO15 pic.twitter.com/iXsF20cyam
  12. Another way to look at Chrome Custom Tabs is that it's like Facebook Instant Articles, but for EVERYTHING. #IO15
  13. Oh man, saved passwords in Chrome will carry over to the apps installed in your phone. That's huge. #IO15
  14. Android Pay! It works with any device that has NFC, and at over 700K retailers (and in-app as well). #IO15 http://t.co/qXlQVxNtBX
    Android Pay! It works with any device that has NFC, and at over 700K retailers (and in-app as well). #IO15 pic.twitter.com/qXlQVxNtBX
  15. Android Pay is what Google Wallet was always meant to be. Hopefully it will come to Canada this time around. #IO15
  16. Google is building native support for fingerprint sensors right into Android, instead of leaving it up to OEMs like Samsung/Motorola. #IO15
  17. Remember Project Volta? Google is taking a new effort to manage battery life better using "Doze" #IO15 http://t.co/h4dEUHyRnl
    Remember Project Volta? Google is taking a new effort to manage battery life better using "Doze" #IO15 pic.twitter.com/h4dEUHyRnl
  18. What's good is that alarms and high-priority messages will still come through. Doze on M lasts 2x longer than on Lollipop. #IO15
  19. USB-C connectors are going to become the standard in Android really soon. 3-5x faster charging. #IO15 http://t.co/7LtxegueG3
    USB-C connectors are going to become the standard in Android really soon. 3-5x faster charging. #IO15 pic.twitter.com/7LtxegueG3
  20. Oh my god. Google fixed copy/paste in Android M. Someone in the audience yelled, "FINALLY!" #IO15 http://t.co/P74ewfwKiZ
    Oh my god. Google fixed copy/paste in Android M. Someone in the audience yelled, "FINALLY!" #IO15 pic.twitter.com/P74ewfwKiZ
  21. There are over 1,500 different watch faces for Android Wear. Only 10 for Apple Watch. #BeTogetherNotTheSame #IO15
  22. "Checking the time is pretty cool." God bless you Google, god bless you. #IO15
  23. This is exactly why Android Wear is so much easier to use and get into than the Apple Watch. It's completely effortless. #IO15
  24. More than 4,000 apps built specifically for Android Wear. Not sure if that's more or less than the Apple Watch. #IO15 http://t.co/X7BHX5rlNx
    More than 4,000 apps built specifically for Android Wear. Not sure if that's more or less than the Apple Watch. #IO15 pic.twitter.com/X7BHX5rlNx
  25. Brillo is derive from Android, but polished down to just the lower layers (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy, etc). #IO15 http://t.co/rGgjD3Lyfh
    Brillo is derive from Android, but polished down to just the lower layers (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy, etc). #IO15 pic.twitter.com/rGgjD3Lyfh
  26. Weave is the communications layer, letting all of your devices talk to each other. #IO15 http://t.co/VCBsQQYOYH
    Weave is the communications layer, letting all of your devices talk to each other. #IO15 pic.twitter.com/VCBsQQYOYH
  27. Pichai is talking about the Internet of Things, like controlling your home or farm right from your phone. #IO15
  28. The Nest, Android, and Chrome OS teams are working together on Project Brillo, the underlying OS for IoT. #IO15
  29. Word error rates in speech recognition has dropped from 23% down to 8% since 2013. Computer science, y'all. #IO15
  30. Aparna Chennapragada takes the stage to talk about Google Now. #IO15
  31. Google Now is pretty incredible. It has zero competition, and just keeps getting better. Now on Tap is a perfect example of this. #IO15
  32. Now on Tap just knows and pulls up information based on the app your in. Music, email, text messages. #IO15 http://t.co/GFcdmJ24lO
    Now on Tap just knows and pulls up information based on the app your in. Music, email, text messages. #IO15 pic.twitter.com/GFcdmJ24lO
  33. Google Now, until recently, felt like it was completely separate from the rest of Android. Now it feels totally natural. #IO15
  34. Google early 2000s: indexing the web Google 2015: indexing apps (with Google Now)
  35. These demos of Google Now are pretty mindblowing. EG: Get a text about a restaurant? Make a reservation instantly.
  36. It’s the evolution of Google Search: It builds search into the phone, making it predictive, superseding query search.
  37. Google Photos has been around for a while, but no longer will it be buried inside Google+. #IO15 http://t.co/P5SgatNJlc
    Google Photos has been around for a while, but no longer will it be buried inside Google+. #IO15 pic.twitter.com/P5SgatNJlc
  38. Pinch to zoom across days, weeks, months, and years. "Focus on making memories, not managing them." #IO15 http://t.co/MH4BK1JSNE
    Pinch to zoom across days, weeks, months, and years. "Focus on making memories, not managing them." #IO15 pic.twitter.com/MH4BK1JSNE
  39. Holy shit. Google Photos can recognize the same person from literal birth to four years later, no photo tagging required. #IO15
  40. I'm not sure why Google didn't just bake Snapseed right into the new Photos app. Another photo editor seems...counter-intuitive. #IO15
  41. Google is letting you backup and store unlimited photos and videos with the new Photos. HOLY SHIT. FOR FREE. #IO15 http://t.co/PVe7tyF9ab
    Google is letting you backup and store unlimited photos and videos with the new Photos. HOLY SHIT. FOR FREE. #IO15 pic.twitter.com/PVe7tyF9ab
  42. Sure, it'll be compressed, but it's original resolution up to 16 megapixels, & 1080p for videos. #IO15
  43. How much do you want to bet that Dropbox just crapped its pants a little? #IO15
  44. "For the next billion, their phone will be their only computer. The vast majority will be Android users." #IO15
  45. 8 out of 10 devices shipped worldwide are running Android. #IO15
  46. Offline search and turn-by-turn navigation in Google Maps is all kinds of amazing. #IO15 http://t.co/9dlSFU8beq
    Offline search and turn-by-turn navigation in Google Maps is all kinds of amazing. #IO15 pic.twitter.com/9dlSFU8beq
  47. I'm really hoping that there's some news on a Hangouts refresh. #IO15
  48. More cheers for C++ & Polymer 1.0 than Google Now or Offline maps. I'm starting to think that this is a developer conference. #IO15
  49. Developers can now see precise data, and where their customers are based all over the world in Google Play. #IO15 http://t.co/YGSt5cAK9f
    Developers can now see precise data, and where their customers are based all over the world in Google Play. #IO15 pic.twitter.com/YGSt5cAK9f
  50. Google Play has 1 billion users every day, and 50 billion app installs over the last 12 months. #IO15
  51. Google Cardboard has more than 1 million viewers, & is changing classrooms all over the world in a tangible way #IO15 http://t.co/jJjROJq9ok
    Google Cardboard has more than 1 million viewers, & is changing classrooms all over the world in a tangible way #IO15 pic.twitter.com/jJjROJq9ok
  52. Google is making a 360-degree VR camera rig. GoPro will one of the partners. #IO15 http://t.co/gIuAWESekR
    Google is making a 360-degree VR camera rig. GoPro will one of the partners. #IO15 pic.twitter.com/gIuAWESekR
  53. "It's accurate, beautiful, stereoscopic VR. You don't see any spliced image lines." #IO15
  54. Google's self-driving vehicles have driven over 1 million miles with zero accidents due to the autonomous car itself. #IO15
  55. Project Loon can stay 100+ days in the air (2x that of NASA), providing 10 Mbps LTE, with 500m accuracy. #IO15
  56. And that's it. Pichai wraps it up. No stage time for Duarte, and no mention of Hangouts or Google+. #IO15 http://t.co/vPLJlkyP8Q
    And that's it. Pichai wraps it up. No stage time for Duarte, and no mention of Hangouts or Google+. #IO15 pic.twitter.com/vPLJlkyP8Q