What we want to see from Google I/O 2016

What we want to see from Google I/O 2016

Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference starts tomorrow and we’re all getting ready for it in one way or another. Here at GadgtSpot, you can be on the lookout for our coverage on some highlights from the event. But, Google, as usual, doesn’t share anything until the keynote. So what am I looking forward to seeing there?

 

Android

Normally the highlight of the keynote is Android. However, this year is a little different. Google gave us the Android N developer preview months in advance, unlike previous years. So what do I hope to see in the keynote? Hopefully, we’ll get some new features of N highlighted along with a much needed update to the N developer preview. While I don’t expect a name for N, we might get a release date for N, perhaps along with some talk of the new Nexus lineup to feature Android N.

 

Chrome OS

I’m a big supporter of Chromebooks. In fact, the ASUS C300 Chromebook is my sole laptop. We’ve seen some pretty cool rumors lately, such as the merging of the Google Play Store and Chrome OS. That is something I am really excited for, as more native apps on Chrome OS would make for a much better operating system. Now, for all we know, this could be the start of the end of Chrome OS and the complete merging between Android and Chrome OS. Whatever happens is sure to be better than what we have now, and that leaves me stoked for the future.

 

Self Driving Cars

With the conference being in Mountain View this year, and thus far away from the major San Francisco attractions and hotels, there has been plenty of speculation around the self driving cars project. Will Google provide cars to people for transport? Will there be demos to take around Google’s campus? Whatever the answer may be, I’m excited to see what Google has in store for us tomorrow.

 

Messaging

Talk of a universal messaging client has been going around for some time now. It would seem appropriate that there would be some talk of it considering the launch of Spaces this week. The sheer number of messaging clients is becoming much bigger than we can handle. Google alone has Google Messenger, Hangouts, Spaces, and the odd YouTube messaging system. Then there’s all the third party messengers: Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Slack, WeChat, Telegram, and more. But that’s only about half of them! So, it’s pretty easy to see that Google could be trying to create a universal system, and hopefully we’ll hear more about that at the keynote.

 

That’s what I’m hoping to see from Google I/O this year. Many of these rumors may be incorrect, but whatever it turns out to be, I’m sure we will all enjoy it. Stay tuned to GadgtSpot for highlights of the announcements tomorrow, and don’t forget to watch the keynote live tomorrow at 1pm eastern!

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