For those who don’t know what Google I/O is, it is a Developer Festival held at the outdoor Shoreline Amphitheatre. The place is in California. It is the conference of the developers, engineers, media and the tech giant executives. They are there to discuss things on Google and Android. The developers and engineers use information from this show to make their applications updated with the latest Google norms and innovation.
For this year, Google I/O will take place from 17th May to 19th May. General admission tickets for Google I/O cost $900, and the academic tickets cost $300. Last year, Google live-streamed the entire session of I/O. We are expecting it will do the same for this year too. You can watch last year’s Google I/O here.
So what can we expect from this year’s Google I/O?
The Google I/O webpage is not yet updated with the complete schedule. But here are the things that you can expect from the conference.
Every year, this is the platform where Google showcases its next-gen Android OS. Last year, the company discussed the split screen mode, reply from the notifications itself, and update to the battery saver. It spoke about Android Nougat too. So this year we can expect to hear about Android O (Android 8).
Google came up with Android Wear 2.0 last year. It released this year along with LG made smartwatches from Google. So this year, we don’t expect yet another announcement of a new version of Android Wear, but we expect some upgrades in Google Android Wear 2.0.
Google already completed the high-end Daydream VR headset along with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. It is available. So now we suspect more leaks and updates in the upcoming Google I/O about the Daydream VR.
Google’s Android rival Fuchsia
Google is working on a brand new operating system. Android and Chrome are built on Linux, but the Fuchsia is based on a brand new Google developed kernel known as Magenta. The company didn’t reveal many details, but they just might come up with more detailed information in the Google I/O.
Google Assistant new features
Google Assistant already has a lot of features. Thus, it is one of the most attractive factors of a smartphone and smart home gadget. Google might bring some new features to it and a third party integration to the AI.
This is Google’s dream to get Android into vehicles. In 2015, Google executives suggested that they might implement intelligent navigation system to be added in Android Auto. So we might expect to hear the company’s executives shedding some light into Android Auto.
Google Home is one of the best voice activated smart home gadgets launched this year. It lets you handle everyday tasks, control devices, ask questions, connect devices and much more. At present we don’t expect a brand new version of Google Home 2.0. But they might come up with new integrations and features like Amazon did for the Amazon Echo Show.
Google created the Allo app with quite new features like Jokes, smart replies and more. But it didn’t do too many updates with the Allo app. In fact, there were some bugs even found with the Google Allo app. The Allo app comes with some features of Google Assistant, but we would like to see some unique features. If it gets the complete version of Google Assistant, that would also be great.
Google revealed Duo at 2016. It is a one to one video calling app which works for both Android and iOS. It didn’t make a significant impact since its launch. In this conference, Google might reveal some updates on this Google duo app.
Google is working for quite some time on the AR. The Project Tango is one aspect of the AR projects undertaken by Google. The Tango tech uses motion tracking and the depth sensing for building a 3D world over physical surroundings. During CES 2017, a lot of manufacturers announced AR devices, apps, and accessories. Thus, you can expect updates about project Tango.
This is the cross-carrier network of Google. It automatically switches the carriers for offering better services and access to mobile data. It is available for Pixel, Nexus, and other Google devices. Let us see if Google I/O 2017 sees some more compatible devices.