Every year, Google organizes a Developers meetup event where it lays down the roadmap of the upcoming products and try and bring developers on board the new projects, we know this by the name of Google I/O. Google I/O in the past has been a witness to several device as well as OS launches as far as Android is concerned. There was certainly a lot of anticipation in the air as Sundar Pichai took the center stage as the audience keenly awaited a line of new announcements that would significantly contribute towards the headlines for the coming year.
So what were the 5 major announcements which were most significant at the Google I/O, here are our picks:
The obvious big one has got to be the announcement of the next iteration of Android, called the Android M. Android M succeeds Android L as the latest version of Android and the developer preview builds have been made available already for Nexus 5, 6 and 9 devices. Some of the new features of Android M includes a better standby performance, cleaner interface, granular app permission control as well as Google Chrome Integration with mobile apps. Android M also comes with built-in support for finger print scanner.
Now on tap
Now on tap was perhaps the coolest thing that Google showed off at I/O yesterday. Now on Tap is a bundled feature of Android M and basically pulls up contextually relevant Google results when you long press the home button based on whichever app you are running. So, for example if you are talking to a friend about a particular restaurant on Whatsapp, you will be able to turn on Now on Tap which will give you all the contextually relevant information about the place including address, reviews and maybe even the ability to make reservations without exiting the app.
New Photos App with Unlimited Storage
Google Announced a new updated Photos Application which in every way looks to mimic the Photos app on the iOS devices. The new Photos App brings the ability to organize as well as zoom in and out on the images. The images are synced automatically from your Android device as well as PCs. Not just this, Google also announced that any image below 16 MP resolution and any video lower than 1080 P resolution will not consume any space on your Google Drive.
Android Pay is here
With Apple announcing Apple Pay with the Apple Watch, it was expected that Google will come up with a service of its own. Google Pay is basically a revamped Wallet application with a lot of add ons on top of it such as authentication via finger print scanner, partnership with more stores as well as banks and secure transaction tokenization.
Internet of Things Gets an OS
With Brillo and Weave, Google announced a new OS for Internet of Things. The major purpose of bringing the OS which basically is all about the lower layers of Android as we know it is so that all the devices would be able to communicate uniformly. Weave, is the language that these IoT devices would use to communicate among each other so that there is a sense of vertical integration across the platform and is easy for developers to work on things. Brillo is expected to roll out in the third quarter this year for the developers to try out the Preview.
Not just this, there were a ton of other announcements that took place at the keynote including new features to Android Wear, update on Android One as well as Google Now. Make sure you are tuned in at at the Google Developers website here to catch up on everything latest.