Google’s biggest announcements from I/O 2016
This is a good overview of all the first day announcements at Google’s I/O 2016.
The topics include:
- Android N – Google’s new Android OS, now coming with automatic software updates in the background; might help to keep OS adoption up
- Daydream – a hardware standard for VR and a VR mode built into Android N
- Home – Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo
- Allo – a chat app that includes artificial intelligence
- Assistant – Google’s AI-powered voice assistant
- Duo – Google’s “Face-Time” that shows you a video preview of the caller before you answer the call
- Android Wear 2.0 – phone independent, better integration with Google Fit and mini swipe keyboard
- Firebase 2.0 – Google’s platform for building and testing Android apps
- Android Instant Apps – they work like websites and only show the required bits of an app but come with app advantages like fingerprint authentication; great for shopping apps
Looks like Google and Apple are having a head-to-head run. Let’s see what Apple announces at WWDC in June.
Have a great day!