Google has unveiled plans to expand the use of its mobile operating system Android into new areas such as wearable computers and cars, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.
At its annual software developers’ conference in San Francisco, California, the search giant announced that the latest Android version for smartphones and tablets, called Android L, will include a new design with more vibrant colors and new features such as a “kill switch” that will render the device unusable if it were stolen. It will also have new effects like a water ripple appearing on the screen when a user taps it. Android L will be available in the fall.
Also at the Google I/O event, the company revealed plans for Android Wear, a special version of the operating system for wearable computers like smartwatches, which it introduced earlier this year. It can provide useful information based on the user’s location, including weather, road traffic situation as well as message notifications.
Two smartwatches using Android Wear are now available — Samsung’s Gear Live and LG’s G watch.
Google has also customized the operating system for cars. Android Auto is designed to keep the driver’s eyes off the screen and more on the road, according to the newspaper. It provides easy access to maps, phone contacts and playlists with the tap of an icon or voice control.
The company also unveiled Android TV, which allows a user to search for television programs and buy them at its Google Play store. Products using Android TV are expected to be rolled out by Sony, Sharp and Asus this fall, the report said.
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