Google I/O 2016

Google i/o 2016 Keynote

“Daydream”, Google VIrtual Reality Platform

Daydream is Google mobile virtual reality platform which built on top of Android N. It’s more powerful than Cardboard that launched earlier. Because built on top of mobile platform “Android N”, Daydream will not –yet compete other VR platform like Oculust or HTC Vive. Daydream basically is “VR Mode” on Android N platform that provides an entire ecosystem to play around. There will be a home screen contains may apps like like YouTube, Street View, the Google Play Store, Play Movies, and Google Photos. Other companies, like The New York Times, HBO, Netflix, Ubisoft, and Electronic Arts are already developing for Daydream as well.

But there’s limitation which is Daydream seems to be that it will only work on new phones that have special sensors and screens. Google says that those Daydream-ready phones will be available this fall, and that we can expect to see them from Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, and more. The company is also releasing reference designs for headsets as a way of encouraging phonemakers to get on board with the platform.

…Google also create virtual reality headset

Google announced to create its own VR headset that more capable than Cardboard but more accessible and affordable than Oculus or HTC Vive. What’s interesting here is that Google is approaching VR much like it originally approached Android, because the company also announced the Daydream initiative, a mobile VR platform that will be baked into Android N. Like with Android, Google is providing companies with a backbone of software while pointing them in a particular direction on the hardware side.

Google has new messaging apps, two messaging apps

Allo is AI-powered messaging apps. Basically it’s like usual messaging app, but with control of font size, emoji, some custom stickers, and the ability to draw on photos. And connected by phone number and options to connect with google account. One of Allo’s distinguishing features is the Google Assistant. There’s more on that below, but users will be able to call on the Assistant for information and automatically generated replies.

Google also stressed the privacy aspects to Allo. All messages in Allo are encrypted, but Allo also has an incognito mode, encrypting messages end-to-end. It also has private notifications and expiring messages.

Google facetime’s named duo

Yup…It’s a video chatting app that, much like how Apple splits up iMessage and FaceTime, exists separately and is completely dedicated to a video-only experience. The good thing about that is Duo will be dead simple to use. When you open the app you’re presented with a selfie-cam video preview of yourself — which is important, because when you pick who you want to call, a feature called “Knock Knock” allows the person you’re calling to see a video preview of you before they even answer.

Duo is mobile-only, though, and it’s tied to your phone number, so FaceTime has a big advantage here. But Duo — like Allowill be available on both Android and iOS this summer.

google has home, it’s google home

Google Home is home assistant. A small speaker with always-listening microphones that integrates into a broad range of services rely on Google Assistant. It’s designed to be used with multiple devices in multiple rooms, so you can ask a single query and not have to worry about three different devices answering back.

Home is built on the Chromecast standard, which lets it push media to other Cast-compatible speakers and screens, change temperature or lighting through Nest devices, and integrate with services like Spotify. Google hasn’t opened Home’s API to developers yet, so Home can’t communicate with as many outside services as Echo, but Google says those integerations will become possible as the platform develops.

but who is google assistant?

Google Assistant is essentially performs the same tasks as other Google interfaces do, but in a conversational mode. It doesn’t have a name, it just has the power of Google and its deep mine of data behind it. It’s like chatbot, virtual assistant that Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana.

At the event, Sundar Pichai demonstrated the assistant’s ability to parse context by asking it what movies were playing tonight, specifying that he wanted to bring the kids, and then buying tickets, all without leaving the app and more or less in the way you’d speak to a human. It feels like a standalone version of the conversational AI that’s coming to Home and Allo. Google, Pichai said, sees the future of computing as an “ambient experience that extends beyond devices.”

android keeps getting bigger

We got our first look at Android N with a developer preview in March, which showed off split-screen multitasking, quick settings buttons, and a new set of emoji. The OS won’t be out of beta until later this summer, but today, Google released a new beta and showed off even more of the new operating system. New features include more control over notification size from different apps and a new picture-in-picture mode. N could also be a better platform for gaming thanks to a battery of optimizations and a new API called Vulkan that lets developers directly control a phone’s GPU for sharper 3D graphics. Google ultimately declined to name the new OS, kicking that question to a crowdsourced contest. (I vote Nuttela).

android wear 2.0, it’s different of course

Google also announced the biggest overhaul to Android Wear since it was released back in 2014. That said, Android Wear 2.0 isn’t shockingly different from the first version, but there are a few changes that will definitely change the experience. For one, users can now make data from any app show up on any watch face — similar to how complications work on the Apple Watch.

Most importantly, Android Wear 2.0 is supposed to help your smartwatch become more autonomous. Google says that watches equipped with the new version will need to rely less on smartphones and cellular connections, freeing up users to be more active without lugging their phones around. Features like automatic exercise recognition and better third-party app syncing should help this, too.

Android auto to your car

Google also announced a number of slow-but-steady improvements for drivers. The popular traffic-tracking app Waze is now built directly into Android Auto, letting drivers see speed trap warnings and accident alerts in real time. The new Auto can also connect to cars over Wi-Fi, where previous versions required a wired USB connection. Android N also has some new back-end features that will make it easier for automakers to create their own unique flavors of N, although it’s unclear how many car companies are taking Google up on the offer. The latest version of Auto will even work if your car doesn’t support the system, thanks to a new side of the app designed to be used on the phone itself.

Instant app, try app without download

A lot of companies are trying to improve the browsing experience in mobile, chiefly by circumventing the open web. There’s Facebook’s Instant Articles and Google’s own AMP, but today Google announced a novel approach — loading parts of apps even if you haven’t installed them. It’s called Android Instant Apps. In the demo, when you click on a BuzzFeedlink, Google Play grabs the parts of the BuzzFeed app it needs, and plays a video. In another demo, it runs a parking meter payment app without installing it. Google says it will take developers “less than a day of work” to modularize their apps for the program and that it will be rolling out to users later this year.

 

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