Google hosted its annual I/O developers keynote in California last week. The company announced multiple new products and services related to Android, Google search, messaging, home automation and a lot more. From the past 10 years Google is conducting this event annually, and this year the firm mainly focused on machine learning and how interaction between AI and humans can be valuable to both the parties.
Here are some new products and services we saw in Google I/O 2016:
The existence of Android N was not the big reveal this year. It has already been available for the Nexus and Sony Xperia Z3 owners to try out. Users are actually getting quiet familiar with this pre-release operating system after two developer previews. The third preview was released this year at I/O along with some new add-on features which will soon arrive to Android N. There is a new launcher which includes built-in split screen mode, Doze improvements, support for the Vulkan graphics API and new emojis. It will support dual partition system as well. The one you are actively looking will be online while the other partition will be offline. We are expecting Android N to roll out for Nexus devices later this summer.
Google announced a new VR Platform called Daydream at the I/O that will ship with Android N. From the past two years Google has been pecking around the edges of virtual reality with Google cardboard, but now it’s taking the technology more seriously. The new Android N will use the new Daydream feature, with a built-in tons of new features that makes a VR a first class experience on any smart-phones running the software. Phones will be Daydream certified to provide a good VR experience too. Hardware from Samsung, HTC, LG and a dozens of other manufactures will be out by the fall of this year to officially support Daydream.
Google assistant voice controlled virtual assistant that uses context to understand the question and provide detailed follow-up answers. If you have been a constant user of Google Now then you will definitely love Google Assistant. It focuses more on conversational approach to your queries rather than thinking them of as an individual question. There is also a promise to third party integration, allowing other providers to add their own service inside assistant.
A new Wi-Fi enabled personal assistant device for the home that enables the users to ask Google search queries, manage day-to-day tasks, enjoy music and more, all this by using hands-free “OK Google” voice commands. Google home is an attempt to compete existing Amazon Echo, but there’s a so much potential in Google Home that it could surpass what Amazon Echo currently offers. It mainly aims to be a hub for controlling all the aspects of your connected home. It doesn’t have a tag price yet but it is available by the end of this year.
Allo and Duo
The announcement of the new communication apps Allo and Duo really makes you wonder about what is going on in the hangout team that Google just keeps on making other messaging clients. Allo will be a text client that relies on your phone number signup. The app integrates with your phone number and features re-sizable message bubbles, emojis and stickers, smart reply suggestions for messages and photos, mini games and much more. There is also an incognito mode with end-to-end encryption and private notification.
Duo is a standalone HD video calling app for android and iOS with a Knock-Knock feature that shows live video of the other caller before answering. The app features a simple user interface, encrypted video transmission, and proactive network quality monitoring. Duo will be made available for the users by the end of this summer.
Android Wear 2.0
Android wear 2.0 is the most significant update to the Google’s wearable platform ever. The company has focused a great deal in improving the existing features than introducing number of new features. The android wear 2.0 introduces a new user interface, standalone apps, ‘complications’ and widgets for watch faces, a new keyboard for messaging and other enhancements to Google Fit. Overall, the new Android wear 2.0 is a far more upgraded and polished since its first release. Users have to wait till fall of this year to get the finished version of the Android wear 2.0. To know more about Android Wear 2.0, read:
That is all. It was good to see Google focusing on a lot of other home devices as well apart from Android OS. Now, we just need to wait and watch how these devices can change our lives in the coming future.