Google I/O: Where to watch, what to expect
Google’s annual developer conference kicks off soon, with Sundar Pichai taking the stage to for the main keynote address. As is the case every year, Google is going to take the Developer conference to announce a number of great things that will eventually be coming out over the course of the next few months. As consumers, we get a preview of what can be expected to roll out of the Mountain View company’s offices, and this year, we’re expecting a number of exciting announcements, so lets get right to it.
There’s been a lot of speculation about what Google’s next OS will be called. We know it will be a dessert and we also know it will start with O, so can we expect it to be named after the most famous cookie in the world; Oreo? Whatever it may be called, we have already got a small taste of Android O thanks to the Android O Developer Preview 1 ROM that was released a few months ago and there’s plenty to be excited about. In our one month of using the Android O Developer Preview ROM on our Google Pixel XL, we found a number of new features such as better notification management, support for video playback in dual window mode, support for AptX and LDAC and of course new iconography. Tonight, we get to see what Google will finally be incorporating as part of Android O and we are hoping that the company doesn’t drop any of the features listed above.
Augmented & Virtual Reality
Last year, Google showed off its VR platform called DayDream. Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL were the first phones to get DayDream support, but not many phones support it yet. We are hoping that Google will announce the next version of their DayDream platform, one which would be more easy to implement across devices.
While Google’s Fuchsia has been the subject of intrigue since 2016, it was only a few weeks ago that we got a first glimpse of the new OS designed on a completely new kernel called ‘Magenta’ which is further derived from “Little Kernel” an OS designed for embedded systems. Android, in contrast, is based on Linux kernel. We’re not sure what Google’s plan with this new OS will be, but from what we’ve seen of the UI running on our Google Pixel XL, it could add another level of customization to what are traditionally Android devices.
While we are expecting Google to also make announcements around ChromeOS, maybe even show some love for Duo, there isn’t much chatter to support these to be a highlight of the evening. Given Android’s popularity as a smartphone operating system, we are most likely to see a major chunk of the announcements revolve around Android and its associated ecosystem of devices and software.
Now if you’re wondering how and where you can watch the Google I/O event live, the details are listed below
Livestream starts: 10:00 p.m. IST
Where to watch: Google Developer’s Youtube Channel