New Android Extension Pack coming in L. A set of features to help with tessellation, shaders, and texture compression, Burke says.
Better memory management, no changes to Java, larger number of registers.
While you grab your coffee: L should run more smoothly, about twice the performance over Dalvik. Memory allocator reduces number of pauses as well as duration of pauses. Cross platform on ARM, x86, and MIPS.
This means more memory accessible and new instruction sets, but it also means more memory waste thanks to the larger addressing.
"ART is fully 64-bit compatible," Burke says.
Cross-platform, mix of compilers... question is, which devices will get L?
Google is really geeking out on deep SDK, developer stuff right now. Grab another coffee.
Seeing a series of benchmarks on-screen showing the new ART performance vs. Dalvik. Big improvements, with fewer pauses between switching apps. That's a huge problem for me on Android, especially when hopping between apps.
"All of your code gets this support for free," he says.
...or is it Samsung's new Android Wear watch? Stay tuned.
Burke is wearing a Samsung Gear 2, by the way, not a fancy Moto or LG smartwatch.
"We're finally ready to pull the trigger on this bad boy," Burke says.
Huzzah, we're going to talk performance now.
Extra dimension! I get it!
So, do you prefer Apple's latest take on mobile design, or Google's? I dig 'em both, honestly. Google's is clean and flat, but the depth they're adding is a nice extra dimension to the design.
"We think this is a great way to help your users rediscover content," Shah says.
The API will recall search results from apps, based on user's previous actions.
New API in Google Play services coming...
Search results on Chrome mobile can launch apps that are installed on the device. For example, an OpenTable link on Google can open the app. The feature, which was previously was only available with a few apps, will be available to all developers.
People happy about better app integration with the web. We're also seeing a back button in the app, which looks like it'll take you back to the browser. Nice extension.
This is open to all app developers today.
Search results will mix app results and Web results.
App indexing from last fall to be mixed in with Google search results.
Talking App Indexing now. Devs love indexing things, especially key fields in databases. It's so much fun.