It’s May and we expect the Google I/O 2016 to happen like clockwork. The developer’s conference will see a host of announcements from Google as well as explanations on how to use them. This year’s Google I/O is set to take place on the shoreline Amphitheater outdoor concert venue in their Mountain View backyard.
Google has not really made announcements about their upcoming releases slated to happen at the I/O event, but judging from the rumors and expectations that have filled the Internet, here’s what you can expect to see.
Google has been dabbling in Virtual Reality technology for years now. We’ve already seen Cardboard: the low-cost VR viewer that has been around for two years. With a confirmation that the upcoming I/O event has a VR placeholder, we expect to see new developments in Android VR.
The initiative has been around for quite a while now and allows a mobile device to map its surroundings, enabling better augmented reality experiences.
For instance, the Project Tango kit maps obstacles in your room so you can avoid them when your VR headsets are on. A number of reports have listed sessions scheduled on Project Tango which makes us believe we will hear of developments in the technology and its applications.
A number of reports have listed sessions scheduled on Project Tango which makes us believe we will hear of developments in the technology and its applications.
Just like Amazon Echo and Apple’s Siri, Google will now have ‘Chirp’. The technology will allow users to talk to their devices beginning with a casual ‘OK Google’ and ask it about the weather, control music playback and search the Web.
There have been rumors that ‘OK google will not make its debut at the I/O but keep your eyes and ears peeled.
We expect to see some minor updates to Android. Considering that Google already unveiled the developer preview of Android N in March, next preview should be unveiled during the I/O.
This year’s I/O will be the first since Google re-organized itself into separate entities. You could see products from sister-concerns like a Nest-developed smartphone or a self-driven car by Google X.
The Google I/O will begin at 10a.m. PT. on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 beginning with a keynote speech.