The announcements have been made and they are pretty exciting. Indeed, there is so much to look out for as we enter the second half of 2016 – yes 2016 is already half way gone. How are those resolutions coming up by the way? Google has conquered mobile, now it is time to conquer every other platform that exists and some that don’t and we know well enough to not doubt their capabilities.
Without further ado, here are the top announcements made at this year’s Google I/O
Allo is a chat app with a twist – I bet you did not see that one coming. It comes with a bag of stickers and tricks. High tech text prediction and the ability to make messages larger or smaller – somehow Google is convinced, it will help convey emotions better. We shall see.
Duo is essentially FaceTime that brings you a peek of what is happening on the other end, even before you pick the call. The usefulness of that in real life situations, remains to be tested.
Home is yet another one of Google’s efforts to become a member of your family. A little speaker with an in-built voice-powered assistant with third party functionality for music and maybe ordering an Uber. Who knows? The possibilities are endless.
Cardboard has undergone puberty and has matured into what is now Daydream. Daydream will integrate everything that has to do with Virtual Reality where Google is concerned. In collaboration with multiple partners, Google is promising lots of phones, headsets and software for VR.
- Android N
Android N is almost ready, bringing some cool new features like background software updates, Vulcan 3D graphics for better gaming, improved security, notification and multi-tasking features. And about what the N stands for? I told you they are not yet done.
- Android Auto – for everyone
Yes! With your phone you can enjoy the goodness that Android Auto has to offer even if your car does not have android auto built into the dashboard. And where are the android auto cars anyway?
- Android Instant Apps
Android Instant Apps lets you get a peek of apps and even run just the features that you need momentarily and if you want to install the app on your device, you are only two buttons away. This feature holds a lot of promise especially for low end phones as users will not have to install many apps on their devices all the time.
- Google Assistant
Google stepped things up a notch or two from the app based “Ok Google” – which by the way we have not yet fully figured out. Google’s new AI powered assistant understands voice commands a lot better and can even chat with you via text messages.
- Android Wear 2.0
A cleaner interface that’s easier on the eyes, better hand writing recognition and keyboard and it better integrates with Google Fit and best of all, it works as a stand-alone device – n need to tether to a phone.
- Firebase 2.0 and android studio 2.2
Firebase 2.0 comes packed with new features for building and testing apps and Android Studio 2.2 they said feels almost like building apps out of paper. These improvements they hope will entice developers to build Android first apps.