Google I/O, one of the biggest developer conferences in the U.S. and across the world is kicking off on May 28 and we couldn’t be more excited. If you haven’t already, go check out the schedule and be sure to make time to follow the events at Google I/O, even offsite. You can easily set a schedule and see all the events and conferences that will be going on during Google I/O. The schedule that’s been published is pretty tight and we’ve a lot of interesting discussions to look forward to. Further on, you will find out what we expect to learn from Google I/O and what new products or apps or services might be announced at the event.
First off, there have been rumors out there about Android 6.0 M (Muffin, Marshmallow) and its possible launch at Google I/O. That sounds a bit far-fetched as the Geek Reply community has repeatedly pointed out in comments in our article about the Nexus 5 2015. It sounds far-fetched because it doesn’t corroborate with previous scheduling for Android releases and because Android 5.0 Lollipop isn’t even on the majority of devices, only about 15 % of them all.
Even if Google might be ready with Android 6.0 M in time for Google I/O, the possibility of actually launching it are slim. Nonetheless, the schedule for Google I/O does contain panels on Android software updates and will most likely end up revealing new details about the next Android installation. Most of the people in our community, as well as tech and software enthusiasts across the world are fairly convinced that Android 6.0 M will only be launched next year. We can’t say for sure what we should expect from the Android update panels and discussions at Google I/O, but there are a lot of panels about IoT and connectivity, so we suspect the main focus of Android M will be to better integrate within an ecosystem of sorts.
Aside from details about Android M, Google I/O will also detail the new family-friendly category of applications in the Google Play Store and will be holding panels on how to develop family-friendly applications and content and how to market them. Since we’re talking about a developer conference, we will definitely hear more about mobile ranking in search engines, app optimization for viewing experience, publishing experience and advertising experience, as well as new guidelines on developing for Android TV.
During Google I/O there will be panels discussing gaming on Android TV as well as developing for virtual reality, and during those panels we are expecting to find out more about what Google is going to do in the virtual reality industry, as well as what they want to achieve with Android TV and Chromecast in the future. Since wireless communication and cloud storage is becoming essential, there will also be considerable focus on how to optimize apps for the cloud and how to process apps in the cloud, without cluttering up the device’s resources.
Android Wear is going to be discussed at Google I/O, too, as there are a few panels scheduled for Android Wear development, new security solutions for the platform, optimizing apps for an always-on display and creating new apps for various devices. We can speculate a bit about what kind of hardware Google will be announcing in this category, because there are rumors about a new Android Wear update beta being tried out on a completely new device. That completely new smart watch that we’re thinking about is the Moto 360 2015, which is once again, dearly anticipated by many who have seen the first edition. That first Moto 360 watch came out pretty neat, even though it was a first edition and updates certainly helped it move along the way towards becoming a more connected and more useful device.
Moreover, Google I/O will eventually see the reveal of at least a prototype of Google Glass 2nd generation, which is something many people are excited about. Since Microsoft introduced HoloLens and the concept of using augmented reality in real life, people started realizing the true purpose Google initially had with Google Glass but failed to implement it accordingly. Google Glass Mark II will definitely improve upon its design, but mainly it will most likely introduce new features that users and early adopters will be able to use. We’re definitely excited about the new version of Google Glass and we’re confident that during the Google I/O development panels dedicated to Google Glass, we will get at least a glimpse of the new model.
This year, companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple and many more started shifting focused towards cloud-based applications, so we’re definitely looking forward to seeing new apps and uses for the cloud and their implementation in Android, even Chrome OS. A new analytics platform will also be discussed, alongside new development tools for Android Auto and new use-cases for Android Auto as well.
The entire Google I/O event is currently shrouded in mystery and many people are trying to guess what type of new apps, software and hardware people will bring to the conference. We have marked all the events in our calendar and will be following the event closely so that our community here at Geek Reply can be updated on what’s going on in the world of technology, software, Android, Android Wear and Google. You can mark the events you’re interested in your schedule and be sure to follow the ones with livestreams, as they are shaping up to be more than just interesting.