Google I/O Conference has always turned out to be promising to tech fans and developers. This year, rumors say that Google will be introducing some of the most innovative gadgets under development for a while now. For starters, what about the famous Google Cardboard replaced by a solid hardware built VR? We don’t have to wait long to find out!
For the first time, the I/O developer’s conference will be held for 3 days. This also suggests the tech company has a big schedule of announcements. Based on a few credible sources, these are the announcements expected once the conference kicks off.
The Next Google VR
This could possibly be the most anticipated announcement by developers and tech geeks. In February, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is working on a standalone VR headset. The rumors got more gripping when Clay Bavor, VP of Virtual Reality at Google, was interviewed by WIRED in April.
“I would really like photorealistic virtual reality to exist.”
Some websites like Slash Gear believe developers have already hinted the release of a new VR headset. We can surely expect an announcement, but the gadget might not be able to perform like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive as it’s a standalone headset.
Introducing Android N
Google I/O without an Android announcement is not a developer conference at all. The Android N (rumor has it, N stands for Nutella) will be revealed by CEO Sundar Pichai and carried on by other executives from the company. The upcoming update was previously sent out as developer previews; some of the new capabilities of the OS have already been tested. The features we can expect are: multi window support, quick reply notification, improved battery management, etc.
This isn’t the first time we are hearing about Project Tango. The technology’s ability was earlier revealed to us by The Verge (find the video below). The software is similar to Google Maps, but it’s an indoor navigator. Project Tango is integrated with Lenovo as of now. We may hear about it and possibly get a demo during the conference. It could be announced by Lenovo as well (rumor has it they are to hold an event in June).
Auto Driving Cars
This announcement is definitely a game-changer in the world of automobile. Earlier in march, Google confirmed the driverless car by partnering with Chrysler. Furthermore, Astro Teller, the head of Google X, gave an interview to NBC and said the project is “close to graduating from X.” However, we predict it could just be announcement regarding a pilot program.
Google’s Chirp to go up against Amazon’s Echo
It was reported by The Information in March that Google is on the road to developing a voice navigating device similar to Amazon Echo. According to Gizmodo, the rumored gadget is codenamed “chirp.” But, it’s still early to hear about this gadget.
Chrome OS and Android join hands
This announcement could bring in a few improvements from developers as Chrome OS and Android will be integrated together. Ars Technica also revealed a dialogue box which showed us the entire Play Store synced in Chrome OS.
These are the few announcements predicted to be revealed during I/O. As mentioned earlier, it’s going to be a 3-day conference. So Google has more exciting announcement than before. You may catch it live on Wednesday May 18 at 1 p.m. ET.
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