At the conference held on May 8 this year, we will see Google’s efforts in Android and artificial intelligence. It will also include the new wearable platform Wear OS and Google Assistant, Android TV, Google Home, The status of various businesses such as Google Play and Search. Google will try every means this year to prove its softwareAmazon, Apple, Facebook and Google’s products are smarter and more forward-looking.
Here are the products that Google is expected to demonstrate at the conference:
Google I/O usually starts around a new generation Android system. This year's version name is Android P. After last year's "Oreo" launched more structural adjustments to Android, Google's new system is more emphasis on visual elements and user interface improvements.
Google has already demonstrated the developer preview version at the beginning of March, and this trend can be seen. Android's focus is on adapting to full-screen mobile phones, providing users with better privacy settings, and unifying and simplifying the design language and the usefulness of menus, docks, and setting interfaces. There are rumors that Android P may incorporate someiPhoneX gesture design. By the time Google released the second version of the developer preview on Tuesday, more information about Android P will be available.
In addition to artificial intelligence, I/O will pay more attention to artificial intelligence. Google CEO Sundar Pichai (0Sundar Pichai) has been using this as a secret weapon for the company's future, and this process has been started, including Google helper software based on voice and text, Google translation and Google Lens objects and image recognition platforms. Artificial intelligence is also integrated into other business of Google's parent company Alphabet through various ways, such as DeepMind labs in London and Waymo driverless cars.
Despite this, I/O is still mainly for consumers and developers, so it is hopeful to hear more about Google Lens and the TensorFlow platform and TPU artificial intelligence chips. We also expect to hear a lot of predictions about artificial intelligence, which may coincide with Facebook F8 conference last week. Of course, Google and Facebook will undoubtedly compete for talent, because both companies have artificial intelligence research and development departments, but also out of the highest wages in the technology industry.
Google Assistant and Google Home
Google Assistant and Google Home hardware, which it mainly relies on, are expected to become important consumer products for this year's I/O Conference. Google assistant is still Google against Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri andMicrosoftCortana's important product. Although the Google Assistant did not become an iOS or Android device application or voice interface, it can already play an operating system role for many smart devices, starting with the Google Home smart speaker.
This year is expected to hear some of Google's new features and will integrate with Google Home. The company may also wait until the fall Pixel conference to announce hardware products, so Google branded devices may not have new news. However, since Google is greatly expanding the availability of Google Home products and attracting third-party developers to support Google Assistant, the I/O assembly should release some important news in these two areas.
Google Photos, Google News, and Google Play
Although this is not the most exciting product, Google Photos, Google News, and the Play Store are all popular and will be covered at the I/O conference each year. It is worth noting that Google Photos is a place where Google Lens has made many improvements in its features and artificial intelligence, so it is hopeful to hear how the company’s image and object recognition software can improve its photo storage applications, find interesting content, and automate various tasks. Kind of content production process.
Last week, there were reports that Google plans to make changes to the desktop and mobile terminals of Google News. For example, the Google Newsstand app may be integrated into the integrated Google News mobile app, with more YouTubevideo, and it will speed up the company's proprietary AMP format on all platforms. The new Google News is expected to be released at the keynote address of the I/O Conference. By convention, Google will also publish some statistics and popular applications of the Play Store.
Google has been advancing into the game field, mainly using Andorid and Chromcast to create a hybrid mobile gaming solution. Unfortunately, this plan has not been realized. However, this situation may change. First, it was reported in February this year that the company is developing a Chromcast-based game streaming service.
They are also building a new social game startup company Arcade. There is also Google Play Instant, an Instant-enabled application that allows Android phones to use mobile games through a browser, just like web games. These projects are expected to be disclosed at the I/O Conference.
Major design updates
Google's proud material design language has been released for four years, which has also become the basis for Android, Chrome, and mobile application design. Google may not make overall adjustments to its material design language, but it is clear that it will consider making some updates and more information may be released at the I/O Conference.
There are reports that Google has fine-tuned Chrome's tag, ChromiumwebsiteNew material design documents have also appeared, and there are rumors that Chrome and Gmail will undergo a major revision. All indications are that Android, Chromebooks, desktop Chrome and web applications will all adopt a more unified design language - I/O assembly is the best place to announce these changes.
In addition to Andorid P, Google will also use the I/O Assembly to release Wear OS news. This system was formerly known as Android Wear. The system had previously launched a preview with Andorid P, which significantly improved battery life and made some improvements in the user interface. Google has just announced that it will introduce more Google Assistant features to Wear OS through some updates.
Google may elaborate more information on the first version of Wear OS update at the I/O conference, and release the second edition update, which is open to more developers (the first edition is limited to some Huawei models). We are expected to better understand how Wear OS will change smart watch software, especially the integration concept around Google Assistant voice control.
Android and Andorid Auto
Developers believe that Google Android TV set-top box software and Android Auto, its onboard infotainment system, have not had much news recently. But this year's I/O Conference is expected to hear something. Android TV has been available for several years. We also saw the main screen was redesigned last year. Google may also release a new 4K Android TV TV stick that looks like Chromecast, which will include a complete TV interface and possibly a remote control.
Android Auto also launched for several years, but recently increased wireless support for Pixel and Nexus devices. In January of this year, Google also announced that Google assistants could soon be used to support Android Auto's voice capabilities, so I/O conferences may announce these contents.