Google made quite a lot of announcements at the just concluded Google I/O 2016 event. A few of the announcements include -
#1. Google Assistant
Siri and Cortana are getting a bigger competition. Google has planned a two-way communication with Google Assistant. It will move beyond phones. The assistant will be available on cars, computers, laptops, wearable devices and everywhere. The new assistant will understand your queries based on the context. It is expected to automate most of the processes. Google has planned some huge changes for its Assistant. It is expected to be the practical AI in your phone.
#2. Google Home
This is the intelligent speaker from Google. It is equipped with far-field voice recognition. Thus, Google Home will not have trouble picking up what you say. It is integrated with Google Assistant. It can also work as a WiFi speaker so that you can enjoy the music and stream media from the cloud. The speaker supports Google Cast and so can combine with multi-room Google Cast speakers. It will come in different colours and options. With no buttons, you can customise better. Designed to be a competitor to Amazon Echo,
#3. Google Allo
Here comes a new messaging app from Google. Google Allo is based on your mobile number just like WhatsApp. The messaging app has a self-learning technology. It will keep learning your pattern and thus get better by each passing day. Google Allo is quite smarter with what it does because it lets you add emotions to your messages. The app has an Ink feature where you can draw things on your photos. You can also add emoticons to it. And again, Google will integrate Google Assistant into it. You can call in Assistant just by typing in @google and then your topic. The app can also run in Incognito mode and thus can be helpful for the private conversations.
#4. Google Duo
One more messaging app from Google takes care of your video calling needs. No more dependence on Skype. Working as a companion of Google Allo, the video calling app will be launched for both Android and iOS. The app will let you get the video feed of the caller even before you pick up the call. The feature is named as Knock Knock. It has been promised to work at slow connection speeds.
#5. Android N
Well, no Google I/O event will be complete without the announcement of next iteration of Android operating system. Android N will receive runtime performance and graphics related improvements. It is also claimed to have better multitasking. The preview is already on.
#6. Google DayDream
DayDream is the new Google VR that works with Android N. It will bring up the whole Google ecosystem into the VR environment. The service is comparable to Oculus Rift. There are a few DayDream based devices later in this year. There were no actual devices on display at the Google I/O event.
#7. Android Wear 2.0
The new version of wearable is coming up. Android Wear 2.0 will be open as a preview to developers. There are a few improvements suggested like improved handwriting. Google Fitness is getting a big update.
#8. Instant Apps
This is the new development. You can now access an app without the need to download it. You may expect it roll put first for the Google apps as of now. It is currently in preview mode and will be launched soon.
#9. Android Auto
The Waze tracking app is making an appearance on Android Auto. The Auto app can be controlled via WiFi. Earlier it could only be controlled by USB. Android N will have some additional features for the drivers.
#10. Google VR Headset
Unfortunately, there is no announcement of any VR headset at the I/O event. However, there is a planned future ahead. A reference design was showcased at the event. It important to note here that Google will not manufacture any headset, but the approach will be similar to the development of Android. Google will provide the platform while manufacturers will be given the directions and guidelines. Thus, we can soon expect VR headsets from manufacturers like Samsung and HTC.
Those were a few important announcement from the Google I/O 2016. Missing from the scene were the announcement of Chrome OS, Announcement of the merger of Android and Chrome OS. Also conspicuous by its absence was lack of announcements in connection with self-driven cars. Incidentally, it has been one of the major projects Google has been working on since the last couple of yeards.
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