Google I / O 2016: the future of Android starts today

The future of Android will be unveiled today at Google I / O, Google’s annual developer conference, where several major, if not seismic, announcements are expected. Read on for the biggest ways Google is about to shape the future of Android.

Google I / O 2016 is upon us. / Google

Android N

The release of the next version of Android is just around the corner. We already know a lot about Android N after two developer trailers were released earlier this year. Google surprised everyone with a quick program starting on March 9 a total of two months earlier than last year.

While the changes seen in Android N are likely not as significant as, say, the jump from KitKat to Lollipop, the evolution continues. What we’ve seen in developer previews so far is more focused on improving the way we interact with Android. There are significant changes to the notification screen layout (such as “stacking”), the ability to respond to notifications directly from the screen, and also the possible scrapping of the app drawer.

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Although there is a lot in the works, we also hope that the native support for 3D Touch will be removed from the final version. But stay tuned, as we will have all the details on upcoming features as they are announced.

Google I / O 2016: the future of Android starts today

An ad for Android N is just hours away. / ANDROIDPIT

Android VR

This year we have seen a clear dip towards the integration of virtual reality within the mobile experience. With manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, and LG making a big VR scandal at MWC in February and even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg making stage appearances at the conference to discuss how VR would be the next big thing in which. the focus was on a marriage between Android and virtual reality.

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Attention has turned to a marriage between Android and VR

It is not yet clear if we will see a new version of the cheap Google Cardboard headphones made from, say, plastic or if a complete headset in the line of the HTC Vive is in the works. There is also a clear indication that a new platform for wearing headphones is in the works. Android VR was listed on Google’s development console just a few days ago, prompting us to wait for the announcement of a Google VR platform that would compete with all other players in a rapidly growing market.

Google I / O 2016: the future of Android starts today

Virtual reality is likely to play an important role in the future of Android. / ANDROIDPIT

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Google messaging bots

One of the biggest announcements to be expected is Google’s introduction of tools that would allow developers to create bots on different messaging platforms. With competitors like Facebook already advancing in the chat-bot space with a platform like Facebook M, and the possibility of WhatsApp becoming a bot giant in its own right, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this as a priority for Google.

An exclusive report from The Information suggested that instead of a dominant messaging platform of its own, Google would allow developers to use its speech recognition technologies, along with access to Google Now and Now on Tap, to provide information to users. . Although messaging bots, which are essentially an extension of the personal assistant capabilities of Google Now and Siri, are in their infancy, this could be the beginning of the future for a new phase in Android.

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