Google I/O 2015: The Results Are In. What’s New?
It seems like only yesterday we excitedly talked about What To Expect From Google I/O 2015 and here we are with the results already in.
So what made headlines on Google I/O of 2015? Let’s find out.
New operating systems for Android always make a splash – and with all the promised advantages, Android M is no exception. The new upgraded operating system promises native fingerprint reader support, a new Doze feature for improved battery life, Android Pay for mobile payments, Google Now On Tap feature and lots more.
Google Now On Tap
The feature deserves a special mention, as it neatly fits into the plan to infuse the Android system with Google. Google Now On Tap will be able to recognize the information within any application you are using, whether it is reading an email or browsing the web – and bring up related data in a single tap without requiring you to leave the application in question.
Doze is also a feature of note and the one responsible for the improved battery life on your smartphone (once it gets Android M). It ensures that when the phone is inactive for a period of time, it will go into deeper sleep – thus cutting back on the processing power and significantly reducing battery consumption.
New Camera App
Google Photos has been revamped and now comes with an improved tagging system, letting you organize your photos and group them based on location, people and more. The best and biggest news, though, is that the new Photos app will come with unlimited free storage and will let you save pictures in a resolution as high as 16 MP.
Google Cardboard is always an exciting topic for conversation and it remained so in this year’s I/O. The new version of Cardboard will support smartphone screens with a size up to 6 inches. The original magnet clicker will also be replaced by a cardboard button, compatible with any smartphone.
Google also announced the launch of Expedition, its virtual reality education tool, that will allow students and teachers to take virtual tools without leaving the classroom.
Having made its first try to dive into the smart home market back in 2011, Google is back with its Brillo project – a smart home operating system, that, to start with, will work with small domestic devices like door locks and lightbulbs. With the help of Weave (a device language helping the gadgets in your house communicate), you can soon expect to have your smart lock unlocked with your phone and the lights in your house going automatically on based on the “tip” from the lock.
Surely, this is just a brief summary of all the Google wonders presented at this year’s event and we are looking forward to exploring the new upgrades in detail in the upcoming blogs.