New to Android Studio 2.2: Layout Designer, with constrained layouts. Less fuss, less muss, when designing apps.
Studio 2.2 also includes an APK analyzer, so devs can figure out why their apps are so darn big, especially useful in developing markets with lots of low-memory devices.
New platform support in Android Studio 2.2: Enhanced Jack compiler support, with improvements for Java8. Also enhanced C++ support, including CMake, and NDK Build.
Android Studio 2.2 preview available today. Happy developers are happy.
Titus back on stage to talk about Firebase, a recent Google acquisition.
"Today we are announcing the next generation of Firebase..." WOOPS AND HOLLERS. "At the heart of the new Firebase is a new mobile analytics tool."
Firebase analytics works on Android and iOS and is completely free and unlimited, says Titus.
Lots of big improvements to Firebase, and it's available today with one easy SDK for app tools for Android, iOS and the web.
Ellie Powers is on stage now to give a sneak peak at a "new project" on Android.
Powers says that developers have been asking for easier ways to bring people into apps, similar to the way people click on a link.
Android Instant Apps. Apps that don't need to be installed whole, but only in part. Very cool.
Instant Apps only fetches the pieces of the app that need to be loaded for that particular use case. Once that portion is installed, it's easy to install the rest of the APK with one tap.
"Two taps, not two minutes," to get from cart to pay. Instant Apps also work with Android Pay.
Another example: using an NFC-enabled parking meter to quickly pay from your phone for time on the street.
Android Instant Apps "can take less than a day of work to add depending on how your app is built," says Powers.
Developers will be in control of the modularity of their app — "just one tap away from a billion people."
Oh, and one more thing, says Powers: "Instant Apps will be compatible on phones going all the way back to Jelly Bean."
Instant Apps will take time to implement, so they won't roll out to users until later this year.
Sundar is now back on the stage. Summing up the day's announcements, including machine learning and AI.
Google has open-sourced part of its machine learning platform, TensorFlow, as well as parts of its Cloud Platform APIs. Developers can freely access Computer vision APIs and specialized hardware.
Google has started building customized machine learning hardware, called Tensor Processing Units (TPUs). Google Cloud Platform uses these boxes, and they powered AlphaGo, Google's big AI project.
Sundar is highlighting a single move made by AlphaGo, which was considered breathtaking in its "creativity," something not usually associated with AI.
Sundar is talking about a group of 20% Googlers who used deep machine learning to help robot arms more efficiently pick up objects, getting better over time.
Sundar now talking about how deep machine learning is making computers better at early detection of Diabetic Retinopathy, a very difficult-to-treat effect of diabetes.
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