The event Google I / O in 2011 has already started and revealing statistics and a variety of new things for the Android OS. In addition to Android 3.1 release updates Honeycomb for tablets, Google also gives some idea about the next Android OS that is Ice Cream Sandwich, which will consolidate the various branching versions of Android that are now in every smartphone Android.
The event was opened with information on the development of Android. According to Google when ni Android devices that have been activated amounted to more than 100 million units. Figures activation also increased to 400,000 per day.Android Market was also growing with the availability of more than 200,000 applications, with the number of applications exceeds the available free at Apple App Store.
Google also announced and explained about the first update of the Android Honeycomb 3.1. These updates are still given the same name because the updates are performed only slightly when compared to version 3.0. There are some minor improvements and optimizations in addition to some new feature of widgets that can be resized and support USB host mode to facilitate data transfer using the existing USB accessories.Android 3.1 also demonstrated in a quick game using the Xbox 360 controller. Currently Honeycomb Android 3.1 has been installed on Motorola Xoom and will be followed on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Honeycomb addition, Google also revealed new Android OS that is Ice Cream sandwiches. No new OS version number of this but it is expected official announcement will be made prior to its release in the fourth quarter of 2011 this.
Ice cream sandwiches Android is Google's attempt to merge all branches of Android is currently available. Thus, this mobile OS will be run on a variety of devices from smartphones, tablet, until the Google TV. Ice Cream sandwich will wear holographic UI and remain open-source.
Google also announced an alliance to facilitate the update process Android Android devices. The partnership followed, among others, Verizon, HTC, Sprint, LG, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Motorola, AT & T, Sony Ericsson and Samsung.
Another announcement is Android @ Home and the Android Open Accessory that allows developers to make hardware accessories that can be run on the Android through the Open Accessory API. As part of the program then Google released the ADK Kit to help developers build the desired accessories.
Meanwhile, Android @ Home is an interesting concept that lets Android applications interact with household electronic devices such as alarms, lighting control to music player and others.
During the event, Google also announced Google Music Beta service. This service is currently only available in the United States.