Top 10 Announcements at Google I/O 2016
If you did not make it for Google I/O this year, here’ a brief recap. In this post, we are doing a quick review of top 10 of cool and promising announcements from this year’s Google I/O.
Google Assistant Gets An Upgrade
Google Assistant demo was the opening act at this year’s I/O. Sindar Pichai demonstrated the app’s ability to understand context, perform tasks and even hold up a conversation.
Google now has its very own mobile virtual reality platform built on top of Android N. While Daydream will not be competing with PC-based HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, it will still be a big step up from Cardboard and will help promote VR on mobile.
Allo Messaging App
The mobile-only app that you can connect to your Google Account. It comes with all the typical messaging features and the ability to draw on photos. The app also stresses privacy and will encrypt messages end-to-end.
Duo (another messaging app)
Google is taking on Apple’s Face Time with the another messaging app release—Duo. It’s a video chatting tool that puts all the focus on the video experience. It promises to be super simple to use and will give you a selfie-cam preview of yourself — a much needed feature for unexpected video calls.
Google Home Smart Speaker
Following in the footsteps of Amazon Echo, Google has announced the upcoming release of a new home assistant Google Home. The small speaker is equipped with always-listening microphones and is always ready to answer your queries.
Android N Upgrades
As expected, Android keeps getting better. Split-screen multitasking, quick settings buttons, new emojis — are only some of the few upgrades of the lasts operating system.
Android Wear 2.0
While Android Wear was supposed to get a complete overhaul for this release, it still seems to be looking quite similar to the previous version. One notable upgrade is that users can now make data from any app show up on any watch face.
Android for Cars
Google has announced several improvements for drivers. The traffic-tracking app Waze is now built directly into Android Auto and lets you see traffic jam and accident warnings in real time.
Android Instant Apps
Google has announced a novel approach that lets you loads part of apps even if you haven’t installed them on your phone. Known as Android Instant Apps, the system will be rolling out to users later this year.
Oh yeah. Google also had a VR headset
Google showed off its reference design for a smartphone-powered VR headset, looking quite similar to Oculus Rift.