Google I/O starts from today!

1/7Google I/O starts from today!
Google I/O starts from today!
Google I/O 2017 starts this Wednesday and it is going to be an eventful affair with insights into Google’s “AI first” future, the state of Android, Chrome OS, VR and more. We expect to see new versions of all of Google’s apps and some new ones too. The major releases are announced during the keynote which is scheduled to start at 10 AM PT (10:30 PM in India). Here’s all the announcements we expect from Google I/O 2017.

Android O

2/7Android O
Android O
As with every previous I/O conference, Google is expected to announce the next incremental version of Android. This year, it is going to be Android O which will be replacing Android Nougat and Google is expected to add a lot of new features.

Google has already released a developer preview of the new version which has given a hint to changes in the notification panel, picture-in-picture modes, in-app video, support for multiple displays, physical keyboards and more.

Battery life is also expected to improve through aggressive limiting of background apps and along with that, a cleaner Settings app.

There is also the question what dessert Android O will be named after and so far, the most obvious choice is of course “Oreo”, similar to what Google did with Kit-Kat.

However, what Google is expected to announce is only a developer preview of the new version and not the commercial rollout. That is expected to be reserved for Google’s October event which introduced us to the Google Pixel phones last year.

Google Assistant

3/7Google Assistant
Google Assistant
Bloomberg tipped yesterday that Google is planning to introduce the Google Assistant on iOS devices which is expected to take Siri head on. Google Assistant itself is expected to become smarter and better with more features and new abilities. More third-party integrations are expected as Google will look to breach Amazon’s territory.

Google Home

4/7Google Home
Google Home
Google launched the in-house Google Home with built-in Google Assistant last year alongside the Pixel phones. This year, it is expected to tie up with OEMs to introduce hardware with the Assistant features built-in. It is expected that Nvidia will be introducing its Nvidia Spot, a microphone which can be plugged into any outlet and integrated with the Nvidia Shield set-top box to enable Google Assistant across your home.

Daydream VR

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Daydream VR
Last year, the Daydream platform and the headset set the wheels in motion for Google’s VR dreams. Since then, Google has revamped its apps to work better on VR.

We expect Android O to integrate the Daydream platform in a more in-depth manner. The company is also expected to announce new partners for the platform, both for hardware and content.

Android Wear

6/7Android Wear
Android Wear
Google’s Android Wear 2.0 debuted with smartwatches from LG earlier this year bringing more refinements and features over to the wearable platform. While the future of wearables itself can be questioned, Google is expected to put out a new version for developer preview.

Android beyond smartphones and tablets

7/7Android beyond smartphones and tablets
Android beyond smartphones and tablets
Google has been slowly branching out Android. Earlier it was restricted to only smartphones and tablets, but since last year, Android has showed up in automobiles through Android Auto and on Chromebooks through the introduction of Android apps on Chrome OS.

Already, Volvo, Audi and the likes have announced they will be using Android Auto to power their car interfaces. We expect to see more integrations and more controls on Android Auto this year at Google I/O 2017.