Google’s annual developer-focused ‘I/O’ conference kicks off on Wednesday 17 May and comes to a close on Friday. The annual software showcase is being held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre near Google’s Mountain View headquarters in California for the second consecutive year and promises a plethora of product announcements from the search engine giant.
Google I/O begins at 10am Pacific time (6pm BST) with a 90-minute keynote led by CEO Sundar Pichai offering an overview of the company’s position in 2017 and a glimpse into the future of Google technology.
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If you are one of the thousands of attendees you can check out a list of the sessions here. The rest of us can follow the keynote live stream and our own blog below.
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The latest version of the Android operating system has already been released as a preview to developers. The new OS, until now known only as ‘O’, adds a number of upgrades to the existing edition, such as improved Bluetooth performance, support for multiple displays, pop-up overlay windows, better battery life, and a new Autofill Framework that lets users store data from forms in apps and autofill them across the platform.
Google is also tipped to further integrate Android with Chrome OS, following recent fusions including bringing Android apps to Chrome OS. Additional support for physical keyboards is already confirmed for Android.
Artificial Intelligence is sure to be a topic of major interest throughout the conference, although the exact implications of what Google has planned remain unclear for now. Expect to find out more in Pichai’s keynote and the Wednesday sessions “Office Hours: Cloud Big Data, Analytics, and Machine Learning” and “Office Hours: Machine Learning Office Hours with Google Brain”, scheduled for 12pm Pacific time (8pm BST) and at 6pm Pacific time (2am Thursday BST) respectively.
The launch of Google Home was one the biggest announcements of last year. More announcements are expected for the Amazon Echo rival at I/O 2017, including further third-party uses and potentially voice-calling features, which the Wall Street Journal report published in February claimed the company was working on.
Google is also expected to build on its VR portfolio following last year’s launch of the ‘Daydream’ Android platform, and bring further news on its Project Tango AR smartphone platform. The company’s head of VR Clay Bavor will offer details in her talk on the second day of the conference.
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Previous editions of the conference have seen the unveiling of major new products and services such as the Chrome browser, Google Glass, Android TV, Google Play, Google + and its ‘Android Wear’ OS for wearables.
Last year’s highlights included the launch of Google Assistant, the company’s answer to Siri and Cortana, the ‘Daydream’ Android VR platform, the Wi-Fi connected speaker and voice command device Google Home, the Allo messaging and Duo video calling apps, and the latest Android version ‘N’ and Android Wear 2.0. Not every launch led to such success. The short-lived Google Spaces messaging service was shut down within a year.
Although announcements are mainly consumer-focused, there is also a lot of interest for developers and tech staff. Techworld will bring you all the biggest announcements at they happen.