The Google I/O 2016 brought to light Google’s massive plans for the near future. Virtual reality, improved interaction between apps, smart homes and a forever more intelligent Google Now. Here are the top 8 most important announcements from the Google I/O 2016.
1) Android M
Google did announce the new Android M but unlike last year, it’s just open for developers as of now. It’s also not leaps ahead of the Android L and only brings small changes with power optimization, new services, and app interaction.
2) Android Pay Makes An Impression
Google didn’t give upon the virtual payment systems after the failure of Google Wallet and hence, Android Pay was born. It is being touted as a rival of Apple Pay, and you can simply tap an NFC sensor with your phone to pay for physical goods.
3) Project Brillo And Weave For Smart Homes
Simply put, Brillo Project is Google’s ambitious plan to make smart homes a reality. Weave is a system that will enable smart Android-loaded devices to communicate with each other via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
4) Chrome For Developing Countries
Keeping in mind the surging use of internet and spotty connectivity in developing nations, Google has come up with ‘different Chrome’ for these countries. This version of Chrome will optimize pages to load fewer images, and faster and streamlined search results, and save pages and maps for offline use.
5) Revamped Google Photos
Google Photos is nothing new and Google has only made this photo manager better. Now you can store unlimited photos, group them by location, and make movie and collages. The auto-tagging has also been amped up and it’s pretty intelligent.
6) Battery Saver Called Doze
Doze, an Android M feature, takes your phone to higher levels of inactivity by utilizing motion sensing. The phone will still react to important messages, calls andalarms. Google claims that Doze can run a phone twice as much when in stand-by mode.
7) Google Now On Tap
Google Now just got smarter and forever more intelligent. A program called ‘Now On Tap’, will let you see information related to anything whether you are in an app, email, or web browser just by holding down the home button.For example, if you are reading a message about a movie, Now on Tap will bring up the rating and nearby cinemas showing the same movie. Contextual Understand has also been vastly improved, so much so that you can now ask the name of the artist of the song you are listening to just by saying ‘what’s his real name’.
8) A Virtual Reality Camera Rig For Regular Users
Yes, that’s true. Google is bringing the ability to make VR videos in the hands of an average Android user by partnering with GoProto build a circular 16-camera rig. Called Jump, the geometry for this rig will be available for purchase in the coming months.
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