The annual Google developer conference Google I/O 2016 is currently underway and its first day has passed. While Google announced and talked about a lot of things both on hardware and software front, here is a list of top 9 Google I/O 2016 Day 1 announcements that you should not miss.
1. Google Assistant:
Google Assistant is a new virtual assistant from Google which works mostly like Google Now but in a different and more natural way. You can ask any queries to Google Assistant like you do with Google Now but it is the overall experience which is the differentiating factor here.
Google Assistant is also smarter and can answer questions on the basis of context and the order in which they were asked. You can make queries to Assistant by using either voice or text. It is more like having a conversation with a human instead of a machine.
2. Android Auto-updates:
Google released the third build of the Android N Developer Preview which is also been said to be stable enough for running on a primary Android device. But the major change with this build is that from now onwards, Android will offer auto-updates. It means all the upcoming software updates will be downloaded in the background automatically and will get installed when you will reboot the device.
This feature is inspired from Chrome OS which does the same when there is any software update for it on Chromebooks. It will make the whole software update experience smooth and faster.
3. DayDream VR Platform:
There were speculations that Google was planning something big for the virtual reality (VR) and they indeed come out to be true. Google announced DayDream platform with an aim of bringing high quality and best possible VR content to Android devices.
Google has event set standards like special sensors and screens for Android devices to qualify as a DayDream compatible device. It has currently partnered with a few OEMs like LG, Samsung, HTC, and Xiaomi for making devices that would work with DayDream.
4. New Messaging Apps: Allo and Duo
Allo and Duo are the two newly introduced messaging apps from Google. Allo is a smart text messaging app which comes with Google Assistant integration. It means you will be able to ask queries and get answers while having a conversation with your friend and that too without any need of switching apps. You will simply need to use @google and then type the query to get corresponding results. As it is said to be a smart messaging app, it will learn about you as you will use it more and more. This will help it give you personalized suggestions for having a better conversation.
There is also an Incognito Code which lets users have a private conversation which not only gets deleted after some time but are also encrypted.
On the other hand, Duo is a video calling app which uses your phone number to identify you. It comes with a feature called Knock Knock which basically shows you the video preview of the caller even before you pick up the call. Google has said that the app has been optimized so that it can work even during spotty network situations with the ability to switch between WiFi and cellular connection seamlessly. All the video calls are said to be end-to-end encrypted.
5. Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview:
Google also released Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview. It is the first major software upgrade for Android Wear since its release. Some of the major changes include support for standalone apps, new system UI, Material Design, ability to add “Complications” to watch faces, new keyboard and handwriting input methods, and support for Android N.
If you are interested, you can download the developer preview from Android Wear website.