Assuming you're any type of Android or Google nerd, you already know that Google I/O begins later this week – Wednesday, to be actual. At Google I/O, which is Google’s every year developer convention, we get to determine simply what Google has been running on and what their plans are for the close to and far away long run. They virtually all the time blow their own horns the most recent model of Android (even though it is handiest in preview shape), percentage refreshed design tips, and speak about their other product focuses (from Auto to Chrome and Chromebooks, to Google Pictures, Play, or even puppy tasks, just like the loopy stuff from Google’s ATAP workforce).
We usually pass into I/O considering we've a just right imaginative and prescient for what Google will speak about, however then they virtually all the time toss in some surprises despite the fact that they do format a preview of varieties thru each and every yr’s time table that hits the I/O web site smartly forward of the convention…err “pageant.” This yr, despite the fact that, Google is converting places and taking the display nearer to house, so the entire thing is very a lot up within the air. Positive, we all know VR shall be a large a part of it, as will Android Pay, and Android N, however what else?
Let’s speak about it and make some dumb predictions.
New Location, Loads of Streaming
For the ones making plans to wait (and sure, we’ll be there), a part of the attraction to this yr’s I/O would be the location exchange to Mountain View, proper around the side road from Google’s campus on the Coastline Amphitheater. Yep, this is an out of doors “pageant,” now not only a developer convention. Google will do a large number of paintings from the primary level of the amphitheater, together with the live-streamed keynote, however they’ll have any other dozen or so levels setup for smaller periods that developers can if truth be told be informed one thing from.
There shall be tents and spaces to chill out, I might believe, however the climate is taking a look love it may well be slightly pretty as soon as the pageant begins. What does that imply? Burned nerds, all over the place. Significantly, Google higher have barrels of sunscreen available or it might get unsightly in a rush. Bear in mind, we’re virtually all basement-dwelling, never-see-the-sunlight keyboard warriors round those Android portions, and this pearly white flesh isn’t supplied for solar rays.
Fortunately, for the ones now not in attendance or those that need to save their pores and skin, a majority of the display shall be live-streamed, plus Google will report virtually each and every consultation and submit it later to YouTube for viewing. You'll be able to in finding all the reside and post-event video on the Google Developers channel.
Android VR and Undertaking Tango
A few years again, Google presented Cardboard, a $5-10 equipment that right away introduced an affordable digital fact (VR) revel in for your lifestyles, by way of the use of your telephone. We would possibly not have predicted it on the time, however this used to be step one against Google getting itself closely all in favour of VR. Whilst we haven’t noticed a lot occur since that preliminary advent, Google’s behind-the-scenes paintings seems to have reached the purpose the place they're in a position to percentage giant information.
At this week’s pageant, Google has no less than 11 periods setup to speak about VR on some point, now not together with no matter they announce all the way through the keynote. Fresh rumors (and a snappy look within the Android developer console) recommend that Google will introduce Android VR, a system-level VR revel in that can be accompanied by way of a miles higher-end headset, very similar to Samsung’s Equipment VR, best “better.”
Don’t be surprised in the event that they announce gaming and app partnerships surrounding VR bulletins, a platform for extra hardware or different hardware companions (assume third birthday celebration headsets, like what they did with Cardboard), and VR cinematic reports.
Now not most effective that, however Google has giant plans for Venture Tango that may co-exist on this VR global, no less than, that’s what the periods are main us to consider. Undertaking Tango, for the ones now not acquainted, is a generation that started off in drugs however will move to consumer phones within the next month, that permits you to in real-time, map rooms and render them in 3-d. A pairing with Android VR may just take a Tango telephone, slot it into the Android VR headset, and can help you recreation or digitally revel in a real-world surroundings in real-time. Take into consideration that for a 2d. Positive, the processing energy had to accomplish this turns out somewhat a lot for a telephone, however Google may just no less than get the theory began with some easy programs.
Challenge Tango may be used for serving to you navigate retail environments or airports or towns and in all probability ramp up Google Maps to any other, ridiculously superior point.
Prediction: So we’re anticipating primary VR bulletins right through the keynote, which takes position Wednesday morning at 10AM Pacific. We are guessing that Google will announce that Android VR has been constructed into Android N Developer Preview 3 and that we’ll be capable of take a few of it for a spin the use of a VR headset of a few time.
Android N, the Subsequent Preview
We have already been presented to Android N and two developer previews, so it’s now not like Android N is going to wonder us at Google I/O this week. With that stated, the timing is proper for Google to free up Developer Preview 3 to the arena and bake in anything else new that used to be absent from the primary two rounds. As I simply discussed, that would imply Android VR, however it would additionally imply a extra polished multi-window revel in too.
There are periods laid out for serving to developers give a boost to battery lifestyles and function, high-performance audio, notifications, ART, multi-window, UI and layouts, and so on. As of at this time, not anything is status out as one thing massive, out of doors of a possible VR advent.
Prediction: Google isn’t going to let us know what Android N stands for but – I feel they wait till later.
The Google Amazon Echo
A record ultimate week suggested that Google has an Amazon Echo-like product within the works that may take over your house in some way that Alexa and the Echo have already got. That document additionally stated that we shouldn’t be expecting Google to release it at Google I/O, however that doesn’t imply Google gained’t preview it, the generation in the back of it, or no less than make it recognized.
Lately codenamed “Chirp,” I’m simply questioning why Google wishes a separate product and doesn’t as an alternative simply update their Google OnHub routers to do what Amazon’s Echo does. I wrote up a piece last week speaking concerning the chances of OnHub and the secrecy that has surrounded them since launching in the summertime of remaining yr. They only appear so in a position for his or her second within the highlight.
Prediction: Will Google display us this Echo product? Truthfully, I more or less doubt it. That record looks like Google reached out “off the document” to set us up not to be disenchanted by way of the product now not making an look and that they’ll as an alternative display one thing off down the street, perhaps even at this yr’s Nexus occasion, if there is one.
Google’s Subsequent Messaging Consumer
Again at MWC in February, Google introduced that it used to be teaming up with quite a lot of business gamers to create a wealthy verbal exchange carrier (RCS) messenger that should become a standard on all Android phones. Bring to mind it in some way like iMessage in that every one Android telephones would have get entry to to it and have the ability to use new complex messaging functions, as an alternative of getting to make a choice Hangouts or WhatsApp or any other carrier.
Google hasn’t stated when this app may just release, however Google I/O is a just right position to start out speaking extra about it. I don’t know that they are going to, particularly and not using a periods lately scheduled to concentrate on RCS messaging.
Prediction: No demise to Hangouts simply but.
Android Put on
There are no less than 5 Android Put on periods deliberate, so be expecting a large update to Android Put on within the close to long run. Google says that it needs to speak about plans for the longer term (a large update), paintings on getting developers to construct extra Put on apps and watch faces, and the way to ensure all of them hook up with units seamlessly.
Prediction: HTC watch look, someone?
I do know that Android Pay isn’t normally regarded as a significant headlining matter, however Google turns out poised for primary bulletins right here. There are a variety of Android Pay periods, together with one referred to as “Android Pay far and wide: New trends.” I feel it’s a protected guess to mention that Google is going to announce an entire bunch of latest Android Pay nations, together with the United Kingdom.
There is additionally a consultation the place Google will give an explanation for new tactics for shops to get their loyalty playing cards in Pay, in addition to tactics for banks to get onboard with Android Pay “thru their cellular banking apps.”
Prediction: I want Google would announce that it has authorized Samsung Pay’s MST generation for making bills in any respect bank card machines, however they almost definitely gained’t. The “all over” in that consultation more than likely simply refers to an international rollout of Pay.
There was some drama just lately involving Google’s Nest, the sensible house product maker that Google got a few years again, so we have been curious to understand if they might have any kind of presence at I/O. The drama most commonly comes to turmoil at the inside of between workers and leaders, nevertheless it may additionally need to do with the truth that Nest hasn’t delivered a brand new product in fairly a while, rather than the Nest Cam, which used to be in point of fact only a rebranded Dropcam HD.
As of at this time, Nest has a unmarried consultation at the ultimate afternoon at “Tables 3&4” that may final an hour. That’s proper, Google isn’t even giving Nest a level to speak about anything else, they're simply getting a few tables to perhaps, probably, speak about Works with Nest. You need to believe that at 2PM on Friday, the final day of the pageant, that every one of 7 developers will nonetheless be round to wait the chat. It’s like Nest has been installed timeout.
Google has periods for Android Auto, Video games, Android TV and Chromecast, and Google Play as smartly, however they only don’t appear to be they’ll be the main focuses this yr. I may well be method off on that, however each and every has a restricted choice of periods.
There is one wild card, and that’s whether or not or now not Google will move stay with Google Play retailer get entry to to Chromebooks and ChromeOS. We noticed hints of it being on the verge of happening now not way back and I/O will be the best position to make it authentic, however once more, there aren’t in reality any hints of that going down within the present I/O time table. Issues may just exchange, clearly, over tomorrow or two.
And that’s it for now! Google I/O formally kicks off with a keynote on Wednesday morning at 10AM Pacific. The hole keynote, which is all the time stuffed with extra chocolates than our brains can deal with, lasts for 2 hours. After that, it’s onto periods and us making an attempt our highest to percentage the entirety new with you that we will be able to.
Google I/O 2016 is This Week! What Should We Expect? is a publish from: Droid Life