Google I/O: Android Ice Cream Sandwich boasts 3D gestures

Google's annual developer conference kicked off today with an unsurprisingly sweet Android announcement.

Google's annual developer conference kicked off today with an unsurprisingly sweet Android announcement. The next mobile OS, Android 3.1, will be dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich and has a fittingly cute logo to boot. Among the new developer API goodies are an impressive 3D display system that can detect spatial movement, ala Microsoft Kinect. ICS devs will apparently be able to use minute facial gestures, such as eye movement, as input. The practical usage of which (beyond being totally future-y) remains to be seen.

Cupertino is notoriously tightlipped about unreleased products, but it appears Google has gotten the jump on Apple here, assuming rumors of next-gen iDevices' 3D screens are true. It will be interesting to see how the two mobile giants play the 3D card in their distinct styles.

Android 3.1 devices will be able to act as USB hosts- meaning direct media importing across devices, as well as a "ridiculous" number of input devices, such as Xbox gamepads.

Ice Cream Sandwich is designed to be "one OS that runs everywhere," a statement alluding in part to the fact that Google TV will now run 3.1. Hopefully it also means the Android team will be addressing some of the widening hardware fragmentation issues that have continued to challenge Android developers.

Mike Keller is GeekTech's resident iOS developer nerd. Catch Diary of a Developer every Tuesday here at PCWorld's GeekTech blog.

Tags Googletelecommunicationmobile

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mike Keller

PC World (US online)

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?