More from Google I/O: Android TV, Chrome OS, Gmail, Drive

As rumored, Android TV (GOOG +2%) features a more streamlined, media-centric UI than Google TV, which failed to live up to Mountain View's high hopes. Voice search and game support are included (NBA Jam was shown off in a demo), as will the ability to control a TV using a phone or watch. (live blog)

Sony, Philips, and Sharp plan to offer Android TV sets in 2015, and Razer and Asus are working on set-tops. An Apple TV refresh that reportedly include gaming and pay-TV content support is expected later this year.

The Chromecast HDMI stick has been updated to support the mirroring of a phone/tablet's screen (similar to Apple's AirPlay), and to feature an app discovery page. Google claims Chromecast usage is up 40% in 2014, and now accounts for most of YouTube's TV views.

Chrome OS, once heavily focused on Web apps, is now able to natively run Android apps, as well as automatically receive Android phone notifications. Google asserts all of the top-10 highest-rated laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks.

Other product news: 1) Google is creating new Gmail APIs that aim to turn the service into a platform for 3rd-party Web apps. 2) A new Google Drive service (Drive for Work) offers unlimited cloud storage for $10/user/month. Google previously charged $10/month for 1TB. 3) Samsung is contributing its KNOX mobile security platform to Android. 4) Google Apps will now natively support Office docs (via Quickoffice).

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  • DougRk
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    Huge, huge announcements in total. Google's vision is complete. Very impressive.


    Native Android apps on Chromebooks spells the medium term death knell for Surface and Ultrabooks in general. Screen mirroring on Chromecast in the short term will start the transition to Android on the desktop. In the long term, KNOX, unlimited cloud storage, native office docs, and Android TV just round out the reasons to go all Android.


    Bad news for INTC, MSFT, and the x86 world I'm afraid.
    25 Jun 2014, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • Shaduc
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    "Native Android apps on Chromebooks spells the medium term death knell for Surface and Ultrabooks in general. "


    The world lacks internet connections above 1mb/sec. Dream on ...
    25 Jun 2014, 06:24 PM Reply Like
  • Vibhu
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    no news nexus 8" tablet?
    25 Jun 2014, 07:14 PM Reply Like
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