Google is all set to begin its I/O conference at 10PM today, and we are expecting the tech giant to announce a lot of interesting stuff. As the tradition goes, a lot of rumors, leaks and speculations of everything that is going to be unveiled at San Francisco have been doing the rounds online for quite some time now. The company is set to unveil the next Android version, a new standalone Photos app and even a new IoT OS called Brillo among other things. We give you a lowdown on all the things we expect out if this years I/O conference. Also Read - Google News Showcase gets support for Malayalam and BengaliAlso Read - Over 600 illegal loan lending apps available on different App stores in India: RBI report
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Possibly the most talked about in the tech industry is the announcement of Android M. The next version of Android is set to be unveiled to the developers and is going to bring a host of new features. Google is internally calling Android M as Macadamia Nut Cookie, and it’s said to focus majorly on battery and RAM optimization. It is speculated to come with fingerprint authentication for native apps, which means that each individual app can also be locked using fingerprint lock . Android M is also expected to beef up its security credentials, and also integrate few features focused on enterprises. There are hopes that integration of Google voice commands would also be made available to third-party apps, just like Microsoft has done with Windows Mobile 10.
Android M will also bring granular app permission control and more privacy controls which will effectively let users decide what information they want individual apps to access. Android M will give users detailed choices over what photos, contacts or locations each app can access.
As mentioned above, the new version will only be released to developers at first, just like how Google did it for last year s Lollipop. Commercial release will hit in August, but it could get delayed depending on developers feedback.
With the rise of smart products in home appliance and other sectors, Google is reportedly unveiling a lightweight OS just for this purpose. The new IoT-focused operating system should be called Brillo, and will run on low power devices with 32MB or 64MB of RAM. This Google software will enable tech companies to build everything from smart bulbs, to smart fridges, with easy integration of Brillo. Android currently runs on devices that have more than 512MB of RAM, and Brillo is specifically designed to fill that bottom gap for encouraging more IoT development.
Moreover, if IoT companies start using Brillo, it will give Google access to a hoard of new vital information directly from users home, including their sleeping pattern, to eating habits very useful for research purposes.
Brillo makes even more sense if you look at Nest Labs, which makes smart thermostats, and the company will use Brillo as its primary OS. The company was acquired by Google for $3.2 billion in January 2014.
The other big announcement apart from Android M is the separation of Google + from Photos. The company is looking to unveil a new redesigned standalone Photos app that will come bundled with social media-friendly features.
Screenshots of the new app have been leaked, and they show that the app comes with new editing tools and a search functionality that lets you search for pictures based on specific objects, people and animals. It also makes sharing on social media much easier, and is bringing a new feature called Assistant which lets you create animations, GIFs, videos and collages from photos.
Android Wear among other things..
Google updated Android Wear just last month making a few design changes, not to forget the Google Maps support. However, I/O will be the stage where the company may finally announce the iOS support for Android Wear devices, a feature that has been heavily rumored recently.
We saw Android Auto at the last I/O and there’s rumors that the company is making a a completely new version of Android dedicated to cars, without the need for smartphone tethering. The company might also announce some partnerships for Android TV and some new live streaming capabilities, but there’s not much detail on this front.
Remember Google Cardboard? The company might just be transitioning out of its novice DIY phase, and announce something tangible. The possibility that we will hear something with respect to virtual reality is real high, as there s an event on Friday titled Designing for Virtual Reality, which will be led by Google s VR team. Game On!