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Google I/O, which is Google’s developers conference, will be held from May 18 to May 20 this year. More information about the schedule can be obtained here.
Google I/O has set the stage for new Android OS and other Google product updates historically, and this year too the tech world is expecting a lot from the company. Google being such a transparent company is easy to predict. Here are the probable updates we will see at I/O 2016...
This one is obvious, isn’t it? This year, Google went a step forward and released a developer preview of the Android N month before it will even debut it on stage at I/O. Android N features a few significant UI tweaks including split screen multitasking and notification centre updates, but also includes a lot of performance boosting enhancements. I’ve described all the major changes in Android N in this article.
Self-driving cars/Android Auto
Although still under testing, Google might surprise us with some amazing self-driving updates. This could also be tied into Android Auto, Google’s OS for automobiles. For the first time ever, Google I/O has special sessions just for Android Auto, only to get more developers involved to build the platform.
Remember the modular phone concept that started off as Phonebloks? Project Ara is a long pending project by Google and I’m personally very excited about this product. Last year at I/O, Google ATAP (Advanced Technologies and Projects) team showed us a working prototype of the modular phone, but it is yet to reach the market. Will it happen this year? Maybe!
Project Tango is about capturing 3D images using multiple phone cameras to create a 360 degree internal map of a building. This is especially interesting when this technology can be used to create virtual reality or augmented reality experiences. At CES this year, Lenovo announced that it is bringing this technology to a consumer smartphone soon, so expect to learn more about it at I/O 2016. Also, Google is holding special sessions for helping developers with Project Tango for the first time this I/O.
IoT and Project Fi
Google is making big strides in improving internet access and making it more useful through the Internet of Things (IoT). With Project Loon, it used balloons high in the atmosphere to broadcast internet. With Project Fi, Google made high speed internet available on your smartphone at all times. Through the purchase of Nest and the introduction of OnHub, Google is also trying to break into the Internet of Things. We should see something about this topic at I/O 2016.
We can also expect Chrome OS and Android Wear updates and perhaps a new Nexus 7 tablet too.
Well, these are just expectations. I’m looking forward to see some game-changing surprises (like with the original Google Cardboard) at Google I/O 2016. I’m sure Google won’t disappoint.
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