What Was New for Developers at the Google I/O Keynote

Thursday Jun 28th 2012 by Developer.com Staff

Google unveiled the next version of Android, updates to Google Play, a new tablet and Nexus Q for TV.

On Wednesday morning, Google kicked off its annual I/O developers conference with a keynote introducing several new or updated projects. First up, Google took the wraps off the next version of Android, dubbed 4.1 or "Jelly Bean." The update will start rolling out in July.

Second, Google also announced some significant updates to Google Play. The app store will now encrypt apps before they arrive on a device. In addition, developers will be able to push out smaller update files that only update the part of the app that has changed instead of requiring users to re-download the entire app.

As expected, Google unveiled a new tablet called the Nexus 7 developed cooperatively with Asus. Google also took the wraps off Nexus Q, a new TV box, similar to Apple TV and Roku, that delivers Google Play content to TVs.

The company also showed off a new Google Glass prototype that will become available early next year.

All 6,000 attendees at the development conference received a Galaxy Nexus phone, a Nexus 7 tablet and a Nexus Q.

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