Google I/O 2017, the company’s annual developer’s conference, kicks off today (May 17) at 10.30 PM IST. The event will be held at in San Francisco, and addressed by the CEO of the company, Sundar Pichai. And like every year, the event is expected to come with a bag full of news on new versions of Google apps, new software features and even some major operating system updates.
We’ve put together a roundup of what we’re expecting from Google I/O 2017. However, despite being just a few hours away from the event, speculations on the expected announcement at the event is unstoppable. We have already discussed in detail the Google O Beta, Google Assistant on iOS, some pertinent announcements about Google Home and AI, Chrome and Instant apps, updates to Google Allo and Duo app, and some news around the Fucshia OS, that are expected to be addressed at the event. Here we are addressing some more announcements and updates that Pichai may talk about at the event tonight. ALSO READ: Google I/O 2017: From Android O beta to Duo, Allo updates, here’s what to expect from the annual developer conference
To begin with, one of the biggest and most consistent rumours around this year’s Google conference has been the company’s new virtual reality platform. Moving ahead of the Google Cardboard headsets the company is reportedly looking for something a little more robust based around Android, which is believed to look closer to Samsung’s Gear VR. Could we see a new headset unveiled, one with better specs and therefore higher quality virtual reality? We’ll find out tonight. ALSO READ: Google I/O 2017: How to watch the livestream of Google’s Annual Developer event at 10:30 PM IST
There are also speculations that Android O could bring additional VR features to Daydream. And Google may possibly also announce partners for Daydream on both the hardware and software front. We could also expect some integration of Tango, the depth sensing camera tech, and VR at the event.
Talking about Tango, the project is one of Google’s “moonshot ideas” and is essentially a piece of technology that allows smartphones to understand and map the world around them as they move through it using 3D motion sensors and depth perception. So in short, the ability to build a digital image of a room just by you walking around it with the device. So look out for some big announcements on the project tonight. ALSO READ: Asus ZenFone AR hands-on and first impressions: Future of augmented reality seems bright
Although Google very recently updated Android Wear to version 2.0, with a slew of new features and debuting the platform iteration with a slate of new hardware, the web speculates a preview of additional Wear features or updates at the event. ALSO READ: Android Wear 2.0 launched; here’s what’s new, smartwatches to get the update and more
With the consistent updates on Google driverless car, it is obvious now that autonomous cars are a huge part of Google’s future, however, that hasn’t stopped the company from pushing its tech to the current stage of auto industry. Android Auto has been around for a while now as an in-car software system, and the Google I/O 2017 is expected to address some development on the tech as well. And if we are lucky may be a few word or two on where the autonomous car project is headed right now as well.
While Samsung Pay and other local wallets are incessantly spreading foothold across nations, Android Pay has been surprisingly slow in its worldwide rollout. However, at the Google I/O 2017, the company is expected to announce the rollout for Android Pay to a few additional markets. This speculation is rooted from a recent leak where a website for Visa in Canada showed a mention of Android Pay, and it also showed up in a recent APK as well as on Android devices in Canada via an update, before being pulled back again.
With Amazon Echo flourishing with multiple products in the market, Microsoft launching its first Cortana-powered speakers with Harman Kardon, and Apple being rumored on testing its Siri speakers, it’s about time Google updates its Google Home speakers. And that’s exactly what’s being speculated!