All The Big Announcements From Google I/O 2016
Android N : Google discussed a number of enhancements in Android software like split-screen mode, quick settings buttons, new set of emoji and the ability to reply to texts directly from their notification. With lots of platform improvements, Android N looks to be more focused on improving the usability and stability of thew software. Google also discussed about an upgrade to its battery saving function Doze. Now your device no longer needs to be stationary for battery saving to come into effect as battery can now enter this low power mode even while in your pocket. However the name of Android N is not yet justified by Google. This time Google is looking for public opinions, you can suggest Google the name here. Android N will succeed Android Marshmallow later this year.
Google Assistant : Google Assistant is an upgraded version of Google Now. You can ask a question for an answer, and follow up with multiple questions, with google picking the conversation out and returning the right answer. Google Assistant is also integrated in its new conversational user interface products like Google Allo as well as in Google Home. Google Assistant would give users more relevant information in comparison to Google Now. Sundar Pichai, CEO, said “Think of the assistant, we think of it as a conversational assistant, we want users to have an ongoing two-way dialogue”.
Google Allo : Allo is Google’s new smart messaging app that makes your conversations more easier and expressive. To use Allo, you have to sign up with your phone number so that you can get in touch with everyone in your phonebook. It also have the option of connecting to your Google account. Allo comes with deeply integrated machine learning that creates smart replies to messages based on past responses. With smart reply built-in, you can respond to messages without typing a single word. Allo also features Google Assistant that helps you find information and get things done. With Google Assistant, you don’t have to switch between apps to search for information or for booking a table in restaurant to have dinner with friends. It brings things like Search, Maps, Youtube and Translate to all your conversations so that you and your friends can use Google together. Privacy and Security is must in messaging and for that just like chrome, Allo comes with Incognito Mode which features end-to-end encryption and discreet notifications.
Google Duo : Duo is a simple, fast one-to-one video calling app that is designed for everyone. Like Allo, Duo is also based on your phone number so that you can reach anyone in your phonebook. It works on both Android and iOS. Duo can perform well even in slow networks. Duo comes integrated with Knock Knock feature that lets you preview a live video of the caller before picking up the call. All calls on Duo are end-to-end encrypted.
Meet Duo, An All New Video Calling App
Google Home : Google Home is a voice activated home assistant that allows you and your family to get answers from Google, stream music and manage everyday tasks. Google Home can be used to send messages, change your calendar, turn lights on/off, change temperature and much more. Built on Chromecast standard, Google Home lets you push media to other cast-compatible screens and speakers. Google Home will launch later this year.
Android Wear 2.0 : Android Wear is getting smarter than ever. With its newer version 2.0, you don’t need your phone to get things done. Android Wear 2.0 is an independent smartwatch that makes it the biggest Android Wear update yet. The biggest feature of Android Wear 2.0 is that it supports standalone app, means, you will no longer need to have your smartphone paired with your wearable and for that you will also need a SIM with data plan equipped with your Android Wear 2.0 for untethered connectivity. You can now reply to your texts directly from your watch as Android Wear 2.0 features a new dedicated keyboard and handwriting recognition powered by Google’s machine learning.
Daydream VR : Daydream VR is a mobile virtual reality platform and is more powerful than Cardboard. It brings your favorite apps to virtual reality. Daydream will only work on Android N powered devices having special sensors and screen. It’s a platform for high quality, mobile virtual reality. Daydream provides rich, responsive, and immersive experiences with hardware and software built for VR. Companies like Samsung, Xiaomi, ZTE, Alcatel, Huawei, Asus are already on board to make Daydream-ready devices. The first Daydream-ready device will be available this fall.
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