The search giant Google is scheduled to tip off its 2018 I/O developer conference on Tuesday, May 8, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre at its headquarter in Mountain View, California. We will be there to attend the event to get a closer look at what the technology company has in store.
This annually developer conference is home to a load of announcements about a wide variety of Google’s products and services, but one of the core headlines during the opening keynote is always been Android.
Android P is this year’s huge update for the mobile operating system, and while Google first announced it in March, we’re anticipating the firm to stress out on what the world already know and unveil even more goodies that haven’t been revealed.
The next iteration of Android — Google’s flagship mobile OS — is set to be officially launched at I/O, and we’ve got a chance to play around with the platform since the developer preview has been released in March.
Support for notches is also coming on-board, which means game and app developers will have a much easier way getting their apps to look pleasant on smartphones with camera cutouts and sensors on the front panel. There’s also native support for multiple camera sensors, so you can get Portrait Mode effects in camera-equipped apps like Snapchat.
We’re also expecting to get an update regarding an AI-powered smart replies for chat notifications from messaging apps (Facebook Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp), a better support for streaming HDR digital media content and more.
There’s also talk of gesture-based navigation around the mobile platform itself, similar to that of the iPhone X and the OnePlus 5T. That should remove the need for the constant navigation bar at the very bottom of the display, allowing apps to take up more space for an immersive experience on bezel-less smartphones.
We are also hoping the search goddess to release a second developer preview with these new features included and more to explore with. But more certainly, we’re hoping to finally learn what dessert-themed name the Mountain View-based tech giant is going for with Android ‘P’.
Google’s Chromecast are good for streaming a wide range of digital media content from your smartphone or computer to your television set – but they’re not great as compared to other dongles available in the market. That’s why we were thrilled to hear news about an official Android TV dongle, which would support a wireless remote for easier navigation around the platform’s ecosystem of apps without the need of a phone as remote to navigate.
There are already a plenty of selections for enjoying Android TV in your entertainment room, including Xiaomi’s $69 set-top box – but it’d be interesting to hear Google shrink the platform into a dongle that hides behind your television set and update the user interface.
Google has officially renamed the Android Wear to Wear OS earlier this 2018, in the hopes of clarifying that its wearable platform is compatible with both Android and iOS running devices.
The developer preview for the forthcoming iteration of Wear OS brings some battery optimizations and a default dark theme onboard – we’re anticipated to see more features and tighter integration with Google Assistant, most especially since it’s been getting better with follow-up questions recently.
Google has already included support for Actions that allows users to do things like turn on connected appliances, and the means to hear responses to questions from your wearable watch.
As for the company’s famed virtual assistant, Google has been on the rush as late getting it work with more smart home appliances and other Internet of Things (IoT) products; it’s now compatible with over 5,000 of them, and covers most name brands in the United States.
Google Assistant also now supports over a million of Actions – including, most recently, booking a movie tickets – which should see it compete strongly against Amazon’s very own Alexa. With Google Home speakers becoming more widely available worldwide, and Assistant-powered smart displays scheduled to hit the market this summer, it’s likely that we’ll hear a lot about what the updated Google Assistant will be capable at I/O.
Launched dating back in 2011 for netbooks and notebooks, the featherweight Chrome OS has recently made its debut on hybrid tablet computers. The education-oriented Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is the first one to release with the Chrome OS installed out of the box.
To date, Google hasn’t been doing a substantial effort of marketing Android tablets recently: there aren’t many exciting computing slates to pick from right now. However, third-party OEMs have been fortifying Chrome OS and baking it into their new hybrid tablet computers, and that’s a good thing for everyone.
Chrome OS can run virtually all the same applications and games as Android tablets, while also offering a much better immersive experience on web browsing, and built-in stylus support. With Asus and HP making their way to store their impressive products shelves this year, we’re almost definitely going to see Chrome OS get some attention on the I/O event.
Google I/O 2018 Live Stream
Google I/O annual developer conference officially gets underway on Tuesday, May 8 in Mountain View California. The festivities officially kick off with an opening keynote from Google CEO, Sundar Pichai at at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 7PM CET / 10:30PM IST.
This week is when developers will hear the latest news about the next version of Android, Android P, as well as what we can look forward to with products and services like Chrome, Wear OS, Google Home, Assistant and more.
If you can’t make it to Google’s headquarters to attend the developer conference event live, you can still catch the keynotes as well as all of the sessions on the I/O website during the conference. Google is also making the session available later on the Google Developers YouTube channel.