Every year Google holds a developer conference in Mountain View, California. This time, the conference is to be held on the eighth day of May this year. As always, Android developers and pro-users are extremely excited to know what is going to happen there. Well, we are also keen to know what is in store. Since we are not a part of Google’s core team, we can make only some guesstimates about the upcoming event. This informative piece is all about Google I/O 2018 and what to expect from the event and how to watch it.
Please note that the editorial aims to share our estimates and expectations of Google’s developer event. The search-engine giant may come up with a lot of surprises (let’s not hope about shocks) for developers and common users of Android. After going through this article, you will get a fair idea about the event and what to expect from Google I/O 2018.
Before you go ahead, some fun trivia about Google I/O:
The conference is all about technical and detailed sessions on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open sources like Android, Chrome, and Chrome OS, APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine and others.
The first conference was held in 2008; I/O stands for input/output. It also expands as “Innovation in the Open.”
Date and venue: The event will start on May 8 and will continue till May 10. It will be held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
What to Expect from Google I/O 2018 Event
Android P: Is it Pistachio Ice Cream or Pineapple?
At the onset of March this year, Google released Android P developer preview. This has fired up the gossip that what could P stand for. Some people presume that it will be Pistachio Ice Cream, while others postulate that Google will keep Pineapple in this Android P update. You can expect the launch of Beta Program for Android P at the upcoming event; moreover, you can experience this beta version of the operating system through an OTA update.
From Android Wear to Wear OS (in March), Google’s smartwatches have improved a lot; they can now work with iPhones. According to Google, this change reflects the company’s version of the platform. When Google released Android P Developer Preview for Wear OS, it brought some features like a dark UI system theme and others to its smartwatches.
You can expect a consumer beta of the update at Google I/O this year; there might be some additional features in the pipeline. Google dedicates an entire session on “What’s new in Wear OS by Google” in the event. Since Apple holds a larger chunk of smartwatch market, Google is planning something big in its latest Wear OS.
Improved Google Assistant
The virtual assistants are the new friends of smartphone users. To give a tough fight, Google will have to introduce new features to its Google Assistant. Remember, Amazon has already made its way to many households by introducing a range of Echo devices. Siri from Apple has also won many hearts. In this situation, Google is not going to sit idle. We expect some cool new features in Google Assistant.
As of now, Google Assistant supports 15 languages; Google is planning to cross the mark of 30 by the end of the year. We can expect the presence of Assistant in Chromebooks, and it may become bilingual.
Routines in Google Home devices may get some fresh updates. Isn’t it comfortable to speak just one command and get multiple things done? For example, speak “Good Morning” to your Google Home, and all the lights in your home are turned on; the thermostat is adjusted; the geyser is turned on; the microwave heats up and some music, of course.
Google introduced Routines in March, but some shortcomings need to be fixed. Users grunted that they could not program their washing machines to start when they leave for office; similarly, you cannot ask your smart remote to turn on the TV when you come home.
Android TV Stick
FCC has already approved Google’s Android TV stick, and this leads us to believe that it will be introduced in the developer conference to be held by Google next month. Amazon’s Fire TV will have a competitor in the market if Google’s Android TV stick is available in a couple of weeks. Next, you will be able to stream contents on your television and enjoy watching your favorite movies and TV shows by using apps like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and more. The couch potatoes would love to use voice-enabled remote to control the device with Google Assistant.
What’s new in Google Photos?
If you carefully read the sessions that are going to take place at the event, you will get some hint about what Google is planning to do in I/O. In 2015, Google had purchased a top-level domain (TLD), which is touted as web’s first secure-only open TLD. The .app domain will be for mobile apps and developers.
You can read, “What’s new in Google Photos” in one of the images. The message is loud and clear: users will have some more features in the popular service. However, it is not clear what are those features.
Among other announcements and expectations, Google may have some cards up its sleeve for smart displays and virtual reality. However, these can be some of the wild guesses you can make at present. Wait and watch!
How to Watch the Google I/O 2018 Event?
Google live streams the entire event. You can check this link to watch the event.