Android is the most used mobile operating system in the world. For this group, there is nothing that excites them more than the annual Google I/O.
Usually, the company uses this event to unveil its newest hardware and software developments. As a result, industry experts are already up and running, trying to figure out what the search engine giant has in store during the upcoming Google I/O 2016. In the same line of argument, we have lined up for you what we expect to see during this year’s event.
Google I/O 2016 date
The date of this year’s Google I/O developer conference is already known thanks to a tweet by company CEO Sundar Pichai. The conference will be held between May 18 and 20 in Shoreline Amphitheatre located in Mountain View, California.
Last year, Google unveiled the current Android M. We expect the same to happen this year, but this time the new Android N is expected. The update will be major given that it will now be two years since the search engine giant unveiled a new, refreshed version of the Android OS.
Android L received a developer version and so did Android M. Since both OSs came out during the Google I/O event, the same is expected to happen this year. There is no word of what name the letter N will stand for, but the OS is definitely going to version 7.0. While some are for Nougat, others have stuck with Nutella. Time will tell.
We may probably see an Android N that comes with a 3D Touch-like ability, better batter life management tools and more.
Another operating system to expect is Chrome OS. However, with some rumors claiming that Google will eventually unify this OS with the popular Android OS, we might end up not seeing it.
Smartwatches and wearables are slowly gaining traction. In 2015, Google made some serious steps with its Android Wear, introducing native Wi-Fi capabilities as well as enhanced gesture support. More is expected to come during the Google I/O 2016, with experts predicting further enhancements in voice control and maybe some new devices to tag along with the new update.
We might also get to hear Google announce that Android Wear is now compatible with Windows Mobile, just like last year’s case of iOS compatibility.
Virtual reality is still young, but it is attracting huge numbers. This was evident at the MWC 2016 where devices were released accompanied by VR gadgets, for instance, Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Gear VR. Google has its own VR division and it has already made a mark in the industry with its Cardboard headset, we expect more from the company during this year’s developer conference.
Rumor has it that the company is working on a new standalone headset. If this materializes, we might get a chance to check it out in the Google I/O 2016.
Nexus 7 (2016)
Google first launched the 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet back in 2012. The last update came the following year and if the latest speculations materialize, this device might make a comeback at the Google I/O 2016. However, Google might drop the original partner – ASUS – in favor a newly acquired partner in the shape of Huawei for the Nexus 7 (2016).
If released, this device will probably come in with a metallic body, 7-inch AMOLED screen and maybe cost lower than the Pixel C.
Other new revelations the Google I/O 2016 might bring include a new messaging app that utilizes AI-driven chat bots, more from Projects Tango, Fi and Ara, the next step in autonomous driving, Android Auto as well as more developments regarding the Internet of Things.