Google I/O 2015 is scheduled to take place this coming week on May 28th and 29th. The event will be held in San Francisco and will feature some of the best developments that Google has put together thus far throughout this year, and even some of the things they were working on late in 2014. The goal of this event for Google is to simply show off some of the best things that they have developed and get their customers familiar with these things as they ready to be released. Everything from smartphone technology to virtual reality, to hardware for home integration, has been thought of and added to the show. Here is some of what to expect, as we head into Google I/O 2015.
The most talked about the feature at Google I/O 2015 is going to be the addition of Android M or Google’s latest mobile operating system. While a lot of people haven’t had the opportunity to get into Android Lollipop – users will be forced to get quickly into the groove of Android M. At this point though, there isn’t a ton that is factually known about the operating system. Some big feature updates like fingerprint scanning and additional authentication features are just a couple things that are expected at Google I/O 2015.
Material design is going to get a serious bump and ensure that all aspects of the design are locked down tight. Google doesn’t want any design anomalies to be present in the next operating system. Notifications are expected to get a change, as well as volume control – both of which would help simplify the overall function of Android. Security will also be taking center stage in Android M. Users will not have to worry about any of the security bugs that have been popping up over the course of the last several months, as Google is going to make sure that the holes are worked out long before the formal launch of the operating system.
It’s unclear how soon everyone will begin receiving Android M after it’s released. However, Google is expected to take a little more aggressive approach to dealing with it than they did with Android Lollipop.
Android Wear is getting into the fitness business as Google spends more time and energy devoting to the fitness function of their smartwatch software. The expectation right now is that there will be a new update to Android Wear, which could be significant, as well as the addition of a new smartwatch that will function under the Android Wear umbrella. Right now, the expectation has been that Google might be utilizing this event to unveil a new version of a Motorola smartwatch, too. Some of the rumors have even suggested a Tag Heuer smartwatch at this event.
Google is expected to do something major with Android Auto at this years event. It has been around for about a year, and Google is now exploring the automotive space more aggressively. Some of the biggest rumors suggest that a partnership of some sort, with an automaker, might be coming with Android Auto at Google’s major developers conference. That being said, this is one area where users probably won’t see any standalone services popping up, or things that can be purchased outright by the user. This is something that’s still very much at its infancy.
Android Casting, TV & Home
Android TV isn’t expected to get any major updates at this particular event. However, that doesn’t mean that it’ll be mute to change. It is very likely that the event will host some major improvements to Chromecast, which has become a popular apparatus for Google. Also, there are likely to be significant updates to their home offerings. Nest, Dropcam, and what Google is likely going to call Brillo will be getting mentions at the event this coming week. Google is focusing on home integration, and that is a major piece of the puzzle for those who are trying to figure out what Google is going to announce at this event.
Android VR and Advanced Technology and Products
Google wants to make it clear that they’re serious about the virtual reality space after the failure of their first Google Glass. That’s why we’re expecting to see the launch of Google Glass 2.0. In the process of launching this device, they will also likely introduce a lot of new features that will make their virtual reality product that much more impressive. The big takeaway here will be improving the overall VR related products they’re putting out – like adding more satellite capabilities to their mapping services, and much more. As far as Google’s Advanced Technology and Products, consumers really shouldn’t expect anything more than an update on where some of them stand. Google has been incredibly quiet about them thus far, and that will likely continue to be the case.