2011 Google I/O: Music Beta by Google; Movies for Rent to Android Market; Android@Home; Android Ecosystem

Google launched "Music Beta by Google," a new service that lets you upload your personal music collection to the cloud for streaming to your computer and Android devices at the Google I/O."With the new service, your music and playlists are automatically kept in sync, so if you create a new playlist on your phone, it's […]

Google launched "Music Beta by Google," a new service that lets you upload your personal music collection to the cloud for streaming to your computer and Android devices at the Google I/O.

"With the new service, your music and playlists are automatically kept in sync, so if you create a new playlist on your phone, it's instantly available on your computer or tablet. You can use a feature called Instant Mix to create a playlist of songs that go well together. You can even listen to music when you're offline: we automatically store your most recently played music on your Android device and you can choose to make specific albums or playlists available when you're not connected. The service is launching in beta today to U.S. users and is available by invitation," Google stated.

According to the keynote announcement at Google I/O, the service allows for 20,000 songs per account, and it will be free as long as it is in beta.

The website for Google Music Beta has gone live. And is invite only currently available to United States residents only.

Also, also added Movies for rent to Android Market that now let you choose to rent from thousands of movies starting at $1.99 and have them available across your Android devices--rent a movie on your home computer, and it'll be available for viewing on your tablet or phone. You can rent from Android Market on the web today, and we'll be rolling out an update to Verizon XOOM customers beginning today. We'll start rolling out the update to Android 2.2 and above devices in the coming weeks.

The Android ecosystem has been moving really fast over the last two and a half years and rapid iteration on new and highly-requested features has been a driving force behind Android's success. Google today announced that a founding team of industry leaders, including many from the Open Handset Alliance, are working together to adopt guidelines for how quickly devices are updated after a new platform release, and also for how long they'll continue to be updated. The founding partners are Verizon, HTC, Samsung, Sprint, Sony Ericsson, LG, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Motorola and AT&T, and we welcome others to join us.

"To start, we're jointly announcing that new devices from participating partners will receive the latest Android platform upgrades for 18 months after the device is first released, as long as the hardware allows...and that's just the beginning. Stay tuned for more details."

Google also previewed an initiative called "Android@Home", which allows Android apps to discover, connect and communicate with appliances and devices in your home. Also showed a preview of Project Tungsten, an Android device for Music Beta to give you more control over music playback within the Android@Home network.

[Source: Google blog]