Google I/O 2016: What to Expect From Google’s Developer Conference

Google I/O 2016: What to Expect From Google's Developer Conference


  • Google I/O 2016 starts on Wednesday, May 18.
  • A new version of Android will be announced at the conference.
  • Hardware developments like a standalone VR headset are also likely.

All the major tech companies such as Google, Apple, and Facebook hold annual developer conferences which have become huge events that routinely see major announcements that matter not just to the developers in the audience, but also to general consumers. Coming up this week is Google I/O, which will take place from May 18 through May 20 in Mountain View, California. If you’re following along from India, Gadgets 360 will of course have news directly from the venue on Wednesday night, and you can also visit Google’s IO site to see the event schedule.

Before I/O, there has already been a bit of speculation about what to expect in terms of announcements at the conference. There’s been plenty of talk about augmented reality, virtual reality, new hardware, and new versions of Android. Here is what we think you should expect from Google I/O 2016.

Android N
This seems like a pretty safe bet to make at this stage. The early developer beta for Android N started a couple of months ago, and has features such as multi-window support, better notifications and doze, background optimisations, and much more.google_multi_window_support_screenshot.jpg(Also see: Android N Features: What’s New and Improved)

Most people expect the final version of Android N to launch at I/O as is typically the case for Google’s Android updates – and we’ll also finally get to know what the ‘N’ stands for.

A new VR headset
One more thing sounds like a pretty safe bet right now – that we’re going to get a standalone VR headset from Google, which will not require a smartphone to power it. The headset may be called Android VR, and is likely to fall somewhere between Samsung’s Gear VR, and high end PC-powered headsets such as the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.oculus_rift_black_inside_new.jpg(Also see: Mobile VR Guide – How to Pick the VR Headset That’s Right for You)

A new version of Cardboard
The standalone headset isn’t the only interesting rumour around Google and VR though – we’re also possibly getting a new version of Google Cardboard which will feature better sensors and better lenses.google_vr_headset_io15_official.jpgSelf-driving cars
Google’s been making steady progress on autonomous vehicles, and it doesn’t take a genius to guess that Google will want to do some demos of the technology, and possibly even have some announcement ready for what could well be the future of transportation. So far, the focus has been on showing people how normal a self-driving car can feel, and Google wouldn’t want to pass up the opportunity to share that with its audience.

driverless_car_wp.jpgSome Project Tango news
Project Tango could revolutionise both virtual reality, and augmented reality, making both accessible at low prices. Lenovo is already working on the devices, and other manufacturers will no doubt follow. Project Tango could be used for accurate indoor mapping; or depth sensing for augmented reality so you could very accurately redesign your entire house on your phone, for example; or for gesture tracking in virtual reality so you could not just look around but also lean in and directly interact with objects.

It’s been in the works for a long time now, and we got our first look at it in devices at CES 2016 – the technology holds great potential, and if Google has managed to polish it up for consumer devices then it’s definitely going to show it off at I/O.intel_idf_google_project_tango_kit_ndtv.jpgProject Ara
Another R&D project from Google that’s been quiet for a while is Project Ara, aiming to develop modular smartphones where you could theoretically upgrade the hardware over time. It’s a very ambitious concept that has faced some setbacks, but Google has stuck to it.

ATAP, the team in Google responsible for Project Ara, will be making an appearance at I/O, and although the specifics of their session have not been revealed, it seems like a logical conclusion to draw that Ara will be discussed, and hopefully shown, at Google I/O 2016.project_ara_modular_phone_spiral2_prototype.jpgChirp
Another project that sounds exciting is Chirp – an Amazon Echo rival Google is reported to be working on. Like Echo, Chirp is supposed to be a wireless speaker that integrates Google Search and Google’s Voice Assistant, and can be activated by saying “Okay, Google”.

Reports suggest that Chirp won’t be ready to launch at I/O but with other companies also working on similar devices, it’s possible that Google might consider at least talking about the product.

New Nexus phones
While Google I/O is traditionally not the place Google launches its Nexus smartphones, things may be different this year. After all, Google has already released an early preview of its latest version of Android, and it usually launches its Nexus smartphones alongside the final version of its new Android version. Android N is expected to be released in its final form at I/O, lining up the dots. Information about the new smartphones is still pretty scarce at this point however, indicating Google will follow its regular pattern and release the smartphones in the third quarter – last year, it launched the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P at a September event. This year, HTC is tipped to be launching two Nexus device.htc_nexus_render_sketch_llabtoofer_weibo.jpgApart from this, it’s possible that we’ll hear more about Android Wear, Chrome OS, and smart home projects from Google as well, though at this point, details are scarce. We’ll know soon enough though, once Google I/O starts on Wednesday.

Tags: Android, Android N, Android VR, Autonomous vehicles, Google, Google Cardboard, Google Developers, Google IO, Nexus,Project Ara, Project Tango

Google I/O 2016 Highlights: modern day Updates and bulletins

Google I/O 2016 Highlights: Latest Updates and Announcements

Google I/O 2016 saw bulletins for Android, Chrome OS, extra.
you can take a look at out all the largest Google I/O 2016 highlights here.
stay tuned for extra updates from Google’s annual dev conference.
Day 1 of Google I/O, the hunt large‘s annual developer convention, has concluded. the primary dayblanketed the two-hour keynote deal with, and saw several announcements from Google.

here are the highlights of the Google I/O 2016 announcements to date, which range from the new versionof Android N to clean capabilities for Android television, Google domestic digital assistant to the the Daydream VR environment.

live tuned to devices 360 for the modern day updates from Google I/O 2016.

Google home, Google Assistant
the hunt large at Google I/O 2016 unveiled its Amazon Echo-competitor – Google home. The voice-activated speaker is powered by means of Google Assistant, Google environmenthuge growth of its Google Now voice-based digital assistant.

Allo and Duo
The employer at Google I/O 2016 also unveiled new apps for Android and iOS, which must be releasedinside the coming months. Allo is an immediately messaging app that offers the smart reply function, and Google Assistant-powered hints and playing cards. Duo is an cease-to-give up encrypted video calling app.

Android N improvements
At Google I/O 2016, the search giant launched the latest developer preview of Android N – Developer Preview three – and also particular its new capabilities. The Mountain View company also found out a few upcoming functions.

Android N call
The modern-day model of Android nevertheless would not have a name, and Google wants your assistnaming it. The business enterprise has created a website where users can deliver tips – any word thatbegins with ‘N’ will do.

Daydream VR atmosphere
the brand new Daydream VR platform unveiled at Google I/O is a much extra ambitious model of Google Cardboard, providing a reference headset and controller for OEMs, even as additionally imparting asoftware framework.

Chrome OS
Google had a few main announcements for Chrome OS at I/O 2016, which include Android app aid at theplatform. Chrome OS will also get access to the Google Play app and content material save.

Android instantaneous Apps
Google I/O 2016 additionally saw the announcement of Android instantaneous Apps, apps that can beused on Android gadgets with out set up. The apps can be on hand from deep links in seek, social media, messaging, and other locations.

Android tv, Android automobile, and extra
At I/O 2016, Google also had bulletins for new functions in Android television, fresh capability in Androidauto, growth plans of Android Pay, as well as several records about Android users.

Day 1 developer facing bulletins
Google on Day 1 of I/O 2016 had several developer dealing with bulletins to make, from making Firebaseunfastened to apply, to the Android Studio 2.2 Preview.

Day 2 developer facing announcements
Google on Day 2 at I/O 2016 delivered even greater developer dealing with bulletins, from the notice API, to new APIs for Slides, Sheets, and school room.


Google I/O 2016 Registrations Will Begin March 8

Google I/O 2016 Registrations Will Begin March 8

Google has started taking registrations for its upcoming Google I/O 2016 developer conference, which is scheduled from May 18 to May 20 this year. The registration window for the conference is open from March 8 to March 10 during which people can register themselves online and get their hands on the tickets.

The chosen applications from the raffle-style registration process will have to pay $900 (roughly Rs. 61,000) each for the tickets to attend Google I/O 2016. An academic ticket will cost $300. Interested users can directly visit the website for more details. The website also has a countdown until the Google I/O 2016 conference day. Users even have the option to request for refund for the tickets until April 29. Hovering the pointer at any of the dull grey numbers makes it colourful with animations.

The Google I/O 2016 developer conference will take place at Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, California this year. The event will also be streamed for those who are not able to attend it. It is worth mentioning that Google back in January already announced the conference dates and venue.

Pichai shared the news on social media adding that the event was heading back “to the neighbourhood where it all started 10 years ago: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.” The company has for the past several years held its annual event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, which is why its decision to hold the event at a different could have a special purpose.

The company typically utilises the event to announce the new Android version and make available its developer preview to enthusiasts. The company, for instance, announced Android M (since lengthened to Marshmallow) at last year’s developer conference. The company also announces major upcoming changes to apps and its cloud products. At Google I/O 2016, the company is expected to introduceAndroid N.