Saturday, June 4, 2016

I/O 2016

As I wrote in my weekly blog @ last month, Google I/O has just completed with some exciting industry updates.  Letz see what are those new offers?

Google I/O 2016, Alphabet’s annual developer conference, has wrapped up for the year between May 18-20 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. This year, the announcements came thick and fast but many were not quite ready for general demoing or product release, so we’ll have to wait a little longer to see them in action.

Herez few major announcements from Google I/O 2016, interested to me.

Google Assistant
Assistant is a kind of revamped version of Google Now. Itz a beefed-up voice assistant that can help you do much more than ever before.

It can now provide users with more natural two-way conversations and do much more than just schedule events and perform quick Google searches.

Google Home
Home is the central hub for connecting Google Assistant with your connected home, smart devices and more. Itz a direct competitor to the Amazon Echo.

Like Echo, Google Home integrates a built-in bluetooth speaker and microphone all in small, sleek package. Home is meant to be your hub to all thing Google, right from your living room, kitchen, or wherever you place.

Google Allo
Allo is a new telephone number-based messaging app, which has 3 main aspects as self-expression, Assistant integration, and security privacy.

As Allo features end-to-end encryption, incognito chats, private notifications and expiring chats, it will be the “first home for Google Assistant”.

Google Duo
Duo is a new cross-platform video calling app, companion of Allo. Duo lets you initiate fast one to one video calls.

Duo is a companion video chat app that allows you to see the person calling you – in a live video preview – before you even answer the call.

Daydream VR (Virtual Reality)
Itz Google’s vision for an affordable mobile virtual reality platform. The first Daydream-ready devices will arrive later this year.

Android N will feature a VR Mode for putting chip sets into “performance mode”, add head-tracking algorithms, support sub-20 ms latency on mobile devices and render incoming messages and calls in 3D to appear in stereo.

On the software front, Daydream provides a standard VR interface for mobile and adds a VR category to the Play Store.

Google Chrome OS
Contrary to the rumors that Chrome OS would be folded into Android, Google officially denied the claim.

After tackling wearables, TVs, and autos, Google is in need of a real computer operating system. So, Chrome OS will live on in some form, even if it’s just functionality integrated into Android.

Android "N"
Itz the code name of an upcoming release of the Android OS (Operating System). It has few key features like multi window support, direct reply notification, data saver, picture in picture & no device flashing. Release schedule of N will be:

Watch List
Complete set of Google I/O 2016 videos are available at YouTube series. Enjoy it at

Stay tuned for more on all the development from Google I/O

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