Karbonn, MicroMax, Spice for India's AndroidOne phones
Pichai talks about a new hardware reference platform called Android One, a turnkey solution for manufacturers, and shows off a new device from Cromax that will be available for less than $100. He also teases out the upcoming L Design Preview for Android.
Less than $100 for the Micromax AndroidOne
Ahh, Micromax is onboard, a 4.5-inch device with FM radio.
"The software comes from Google, just like Nexus and Google Play initiative phones"
So this is another low-cost Android effort, allowing for lots of local customizations, but still built on stock Android. Curious to hear about hardware partners for this effort.
Stock android, play auto-installs, auto updates.
AndroidOne is an initiative to define reference platforms for OEMs to more easily
Shout out for India, the audience cheers.
Sundar is talking about going back home to India, which garnered a big cheer from the Indian devs in the audience, of which there are quite a few.
"At the last IO, we talked about reaching the next 5 billion users," he says.
Android app installs on tablet is up 236% in 2014, year over year.
App installs up 236 percent. "People are really engaging with these devices."
"We're seeing amazing growth in Android tablets as well," Pichai says. Android made up 39% of shipped tablets in 2012, 46% in 2013, and 62% in 2014. These stats don't include Kindle Fire devices.
"We view this as leading indicator of where usage will be." - Pichai
Androids now 62 percent of tablet shipments
Pichai talking about phone uses: money transfers, eye diagnostics, mental health support
He even has his sleeve pulled back, not being coy about it.
Looks like Sundar is wearing a Moto 360, trying to get a pic.
That's a lot of duck faces.
93m selfies, 1.5 trillion physical steps, 100b times people check their phones
Android by the numbers: 20 billion text messages sent each day, 93 million selfies taken each day, 1.5 trillion steps taken per day. Users also take out their phones and check them 100 billion times a day.
Up from 538 million last year