The search giant, Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O saw many exciting announcements from Google. It ranges from fresh preview of Android N to Google’s Home virtual assistant to the Daydream VR ecosystem. Here are the highlights from the announcements and showcases from Google.
Smarter Google Assistant
The event began with showcase of next generation Google Assistant, more like a chatting app. Now it has got smarter than before that it can work within other Apps and has been described as “building an individual Google for each user.” It has been given advanced conversational speech abilities, so that now you can interact with it more casually.
Android Instant apps
Google wants to make it easier for its android users by introducing Android Instant Apps. Now users will be able to know the app without installing it. The fast and powerful native Android apps can be used without installing and reauthenticating. It would be available for all android devices of version 4.1 and higher (Jellybean or higher). Existing android apps will get an upgrade with this functionality and it is not a new or separate app.
Android N: Developer’s preview new beta released
Google released a new beta and showcased new features of Android N. it offers more control over notification size from different apps and new picture-in-picture mode. Various optimisations and a new API Vulkan is going to make it a better platform for gaming. JIT compiler is there to improve the software performance and takes less storage space. It also introduced seamless updates so that new devices can install system updates in background. Feedback from developers and users is going to be crucial.
VR mode in Android
Daydream VR is Google’s effort towards developing affordable mobile virtual reality platform. It is there to provide home base for mobile VR apps, for which Samsung, hTC, LG, etc. are already on board to provide a headset an controller and minimum spec list for Daydream-ready devices. On software front, Daydream provides a standard VR interface for mobiles.
Android wear 2.0
New version Android wear 2.0 has small changes but has potential to change user experience in a huge way. This update will help your smartwatch to become more autonomous. Watches with 2.0 version will require less reliability on cellular connections or smartphones. This will allow users to be more active.
Android Studio 2.2 preview
Another big update to IDE is Android Studio 2.2 that will help you code even faster with new tooling features. Layout designer has been rewritten with new constraint layout. This will allow your app interface to resize itself automatically for different screen sizes.
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