Google I/O 2016 Predictions

Posted: Apr 5 2016, 1:31am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 5 2016, 9:29pm CDT, in Technology News


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 Google I/O 2016 Predictions

Google I/O is Google's yearly developer conference. Here below are our early predictions for Google’s big event.

Google I/O 2016 (event) is the much awaited software developer conference held by Google that features highly technical sessions focusing on the latest innovations involving building applications for mobile and web technologies. In fact, the pressure of Microsoft's recent push of great new products and Apple's ever-growing popularity has raised the bar for Google and the search giant is gearing up with a showcase of better and more usable products that would appeal to all types of customers. Google I/ O refers to Google “Innovating in the Open”.

Every year many developers and fans come together to learn about various Android and Chrome projects and even contribute their ideas for the same. This year Google I/O conference will be moving out from San Francisco for the first time and will be held right in Google’s backyard at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on May 18-20. Google now has the opportunity to show off its self-driving cars. Definitely everyone will get a chance to take a ride in one.

How is it going to be different this year?

Last year Google launched the Android 6.0 Marshmallow and people will surely be expecting something new in 2016. This will be the tenth year of this event where Android wear, VR and other innovations will be showcased. Developers will be tinkering on the Android’s new version for three days and introduce their view about the surprises in store. The new Google I/O 2016 app has also been launched that includes livestreams for the keynote and major sessions, schedules, maps, reminders and even some fun stuff about the event.

In 2014, Android L was launched followed by Android 6.0 Marshmallow which was revealed as Android M where they uncovered tons of changes live on stage, with demos of new features and gave everyone something to look forward to. As we all know they name all their Android versions in alphabetical order after desserts. The next in the line can be some popular candy starting with letter N. It might include a richer power menu and the ability to uninstall unimportant stock apps. We may also see a number of performance upgrades and battery-saving features during the course of the event.

The new Android version is expected to boast of features like split screen multitasking. In the future, one can vouch for Google to get Android some new breakthrough features as developers are trying to merge operating systems together. There might be some features like the Force Touch with advanced power menu options too.

The Hardware Launches that will be Striking and Suave

Google may also launch another Chrome book pixel laptop or any other hardware like the 2nd generation Google Glass with a makeover. There will be a range of new Chromebooks in 2016, but we probably won’t see them until Nexus is launched with the new version.

As there is an ongoing craze for smart watches and wearables, one can expect the event to feature tons of announcements, news, and building sessions into three days for developers to get their hands on. Google didn’t start pushing the wearable platform aggressively compared to its other competitors like Apple and Samsung who have been keen to develop something on their own. It's certainly possible that Android Wear will be made compatible with Windows Phones, which would be a great announcement and several updates are sure to be launched in the market.

Project Ara and Virtual Reality

Project Ara is expected to be developed with a slightly revised design, sporting a hinge and a larger prism that is mentioned in FCC documents. It's also likely that the company will announce hardware developments, including a better camera, improved battery life, and a new system for phone devices. But there is still time in the final prospects. VR will definitely take the centre-stage with many players opting for a fully immersive experience through multiple gadgets in Google I/O 2016. There might be some announcements and even sneak peeks of what developers are working on. One can expect terrific stuff related to 360-degree videos, cardboard partnerships wherein Google will definitely reveal a few upgrades to make the experience even better. There might be some considerations on more cardboard compatible apps that work with more smartphones.

Other Expected Announcements

It's very likely that we'll see Google update cross-compatibility features, for all users so that they can access files and information on their mobile devices too. Google will plan to integrate Chrome with Android in the future, as per analysts.

On Hub a wireless router is primed to be in focus during the event which will showcase the smart home of the future too. The focus will be on smart appliances and Google’s Project Fi will also create a buzz with some new updates. Maybe, Google will extend the new features to other smartphone users too.

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