Google I/O 2015 Keynote Full Transcript

Project Loon is another bold project where we have a plan to put balloons at the edge of space to provide connectivity to hard-to-reach rural areas, so that we can bring the next billion users online. Loon started as an experimental project, and we have made huge strides. Our balloons can stay up for over 100 days. The previous world record was 55 days set by NASA. We today can deliver LTE speeds, 10 megabits per second, directly to handsets. We can cover areas four times the size of what we used to before, an area the size of Rhode Island. And we are very excited that now we can connect the balloons so that we can reach far from a single base station. We can navigate these balloons to within 500 meters accuracy from over 20,000 kilometers away. We are actually testing Project Loon live. So in New Zealand, working with Vodafone New Zealand, we provided live coverage for well over a day. And now we are expanding our partnerships with Telefonica, Telstra. We are in discussions with telecom carriers who have over a billion subscribers total. Projects like these, be it search, be it Android, be it organizing your photos, be it taking an immersive trip to Greenland, is at the heart of what we try to do. Using technology at work to solve problems for everyone in the world. This is why I/O is so exciting for us. We get to share what we have been up to in the last year, and all you developers get to go out and build amazing things on top of what we do. So I can’t wait to see what you build next year.

Thank you so much for joining us. Good luck. And see you next year.

 

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