The Google I/O is the popular annual developers’ conference wherein developers from all over the world get to know about the latest unfolds happening at Google’s Android end. It talks about some of the upcoming applications, software updates and contents highly technical lectures. There is a mention of other products of Google as well and one of them being Chrome. It is held once a year in San Francisco at California. The Google ‘input’ and ‘output’ has its roots from the year 2008. It is one of the most sought after events for Android associates and lovers. If one gets lucky enough to sneak in Google I/O, then he gets an opportunity to stand with the finest software engineers, eminent CEOs and many other enthusiasts.
On the 12th of January, this year, Mr. Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google came up with a tweet announcing the dates and venue for Google I/O 2016, “May 18th-20th at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California”. Registrations to get a ticket began on the 8th of March at Google I/O 2016 website and closed on March 10th 5 PM PST. A lottery was held for the tickets and the results have been announced as well. An academic ticket cost $300 whereas a regular one costs $900, but looking at the scale of the event, it is a small price to pay. So, without further adieu, let us take you through some of the things which we are looking forward at the Google I/O 2016:
- A lot more about Android N: Android N has been announced a few days back and its preview was live a couple of months earlier than the usual release at Google I/O. Since its preview has been released earlier, we can definitely expect Google to review a bit more at the I/O 2016. A detailed developer preview is expected to be showcased. This version of Android will hit the markets in Q3, 2016 (by the end of September). This also lets you expect the launch of new Nexus devices a bit early this year.
- Self-driving cars: Last year at the annual developer conference, Google said that self-driving cars are going to hit the streets in 2016 at Mountain View. This is going to one of the most exciting anticipations at the I/O 2016. The team at ‘X’ (Google’s self-driving car’s name) has seen 36 new engineers this year and also a new CEO who is a former executive with Hyundai and Ford. We can expect Google to usher in their guests at the event with their tiny self-driving cars this year!
- Android Wear: The Android Wear has been a very exciting concept, but Google hasn’t pushed the bar aggressively, hence making way for the Apple’s wearable devices as well as Samsung’s very own Tizen. However, this time round, we are expecting Android to up the ante and throw in some exquisite stuff for the wearable devices from Android.
- Android Auto: Quite similar to Google’s X, as mentioned earlier, Android is expected to launch in their own automobiles. Well, this year is actually tipped to bring in more of movables than stationery techs! The Hyundai Elantra 2016 is the first car to have a whole new level of Android applications. The I/O 2016 promises to bring up Android Auto unlike the I/O 2015.
- Project Aura: Do not mistake Project Aura for the modular cell Project Ara. This is a continued concept from the Google Glass 2.0; here Google is still concentrating on wearable devices wherein the way we see things around will take a new dimension altogether. Aura is also expected to make better audio communications. We expect the enterprise edition to be showcased at the mega event. The consumer variant would not have as many features as concept version would have.
- Project Tango: Google I/O 2016 is tipped to bring more of the Project Tango smart phone from Lenovo and Google. One might also expect a Tango to be inside their goodie bag, but, that’s just an expectation! The device might be available at the end of this summer.
- Chrome Operating System: Android has been an epic success, Google, might now introduce another OS product adding up to their Chrome family. It is not sure whether Chrome OS will have its own individuality or would it be merged with Android itself. We hope to see some of it along with Android N and Nexus devices.
With all of these there are many more things to look up at Google I/O 2016 like Project Fi, Virtual Reality and others. We are keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that this annual developers conference turns out to be a massive success!