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Sunday, May 24, 2015

What To Expect At Google I/O This Year [Opinion]

Google's biggest event of the year, Google I/O, kicks off next Thursday. There are several rumors circling regarding what to expect from the event. Previous I/O events may be an indication on what we may hear Google announce this year.

Android Auto will definitely be featured. But apart from that, here's what could be highlighted at the event...

1. Android M

Android M is Google's next installment of its mobile operating system. Lollipop, which is the existing version, has slowly rolled out to most smartphones this year but the Android M announcement will be watched with eager eyes.

Lollipop was the first OS that brought Android Auto to smartphones. With aftermarket manufacturer Pioneer offering the latest in-car infotainment system, Lollipop became an essential upgrade for Android owners who wanted Android Auto in their cars.

Android M will most probably include improvements to Android Auto.

2. Android Auto

If you've used Android Auto in its current state, you know its far from perfect. There are many improvements that need to be made to the first generation software. Android M will look to bring some, if not all of the improvements users expect.

Other announcements could include mentioning new apps that will add Android Auto compatibility. Currently, close to 20 third-party apps are Android Auto compatible. That number is expected to keep increasing in the coming months. Comparatively, Apple CarPlay offers only 12 third-party apps at the moment. A lot of the apps overlap in compatibility.

3. Android Wear

Google definitely has plans up its sleeve to combat the widely popular Apple Watch. Improvements to the wearable Android OS are also expected. But most wearable technology enthusiasts are eager to know whether Google will announce any new hardware.

Could we see Google Glass version 2.0?

4. New Nexus smartphone?

The Nexus 6 has received mixed reviews with most people complaining about its massive 6-inch display. The Nexus 6 was announced earlier this year so the probability of seeing a new Nexus smartphone at the event is low.

5. Android TV

Google's Android TV platform was debuted last June. Since then there have been quite a few hardware manufacturers who have implemented the technology in their products. Google I/O this year could include announcements regarding Android TV improvements.

6. Photo App

A recent rumor suggests Google is working on a photo-sharing service to compete with the likes of Instagram and Flickr.

Google I/O will kick off on May 28 at 9:30 AM with a keynote address by the company's senior vice president, Sundar Pichai.

Source: Google

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