Google I/O

Google I/O, or otherwise known as Google’s annual developer conference, held a lot of good concepts and products that I will review in this article. This year Google I/O took place in the Shoreline Ampitheatre, a outdoor theatre near Google’s Mountain View campus. This was only the second Google I/O with Google’s new CEO leading the keynote and events.

This year Google’s focus was mostly around virtual reality and building a platform inside of Android that would make for a seamless VR  experience inside of your device.  Google released Daydream,  an idea for the software and hardware that would be built for the VR experience. This includes a special remote and googles that Google hopes to have on the market by fall 2016.

As well as the VR experience, Google also unveiled a personal assistant that lives in your home, taken from Amazon’s very popular Echo speaker that is connected to Alexa (Amazon’s personal assistant). It is a fairly small egg-shaped speaker that is voice activated and can answer questions by using google or by searching through personal apps such as calender, reminders, messages etc.

Google also announced a video calling app to compete with Apple’s  FaceTime, called Allo. The only difference between the Allo and Facetime is that Allo allows users the person who is being called to see the caller before they answer. Other small releases include a n updated messaging app that allows for bigger text to make bigger points or smaller text for quieter messages.

The biggest release of the keynote was Android N. This is the newest version of Android, capable of split-screen mode on certain devices, quicker multitasking, the ability to respond to notification without going to the app and the support for the newest emoji standard, Unicode 8.0. This means that finally you do not need to use the potato-looking android emojis anymore.  This was a very innovative Google I/O and marked a amazing 10th anniversary of Google I/O.