DAY 2 & 3 OF GOOGLE I/O 2016 PROVES WHY GOOGLE IS THE BEST

by May 21, 2016
Google IO day 2 and 3

The Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View geared up to host two more days of tech enthusiasts and one of the world’s most innovative companies- Google. On the very first day of the event Google took us to virtual reality world and smarter homes and introduced us to smarter assistants and some amazing apps! So, day 2 and day 3 had to be even more bigger and better. Indeed, they were! So let’s see what Google showed the world on Day 2 and Day 3 of the tech-fest:

  • Android comes to Chrome OS.

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This announcement was received with a lot of “finally”s, we’re sure. When you know that you have an extensive range of apps in your Play Store, might as well make it available and compatible with your baby OS, right?

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Users of Chrome OS will start hosting the hundreds and thousands of Android apps in the coming few months, with Google also announcing a partnership with Samsung to manufacture higher-end devices that can handle the Android app load. One question though, will we still need Android tablets then?

  • Project Ara’s developer’s device

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Google’s need to be perfect and thorough with their products led to a lot of delays on this modular smartphone idea. However, Google promised the audience in attendance that it will have the developer units out in a couple of months with the consumer version to be available in the next year! With LG G5 already having a modular component and the iPhone 7 rumoured to be, Google will really have to work on Project Ara as soon as possible. Here is everything you need to know about Project Ara.

  • Android Wear 2.0


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Building on its Android Smartwatch, Android 2.0 will incorporate smart replies, allow you to scribble on the display in your own handwriting, and include a swipe keyboard. It will most likely also include automatic activity recognition which will entail app integration. For example, if the smartwatch recognises a specific behaviour of the user such as running, it will automatically open Spotify for you to use.

  • Project Soli meets Android Wear

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Sometimes we wonder if Sundar Pichai and his development team are from the future; they seem to be working on almost everything that we see in sci-fi films! Combining their Project Soli from last year’s Google I/O with this year’s Android Wear, the team did a demonstration of what it would be like to have only your hand movements control your smartwatch. Project Soli basically uses tiny radios that allow the user to interpret the various complex hand movements of the user to carry out functions. A great idea for devices with limited display like smartwatches, Google didn’t reveal any specific year for its wide release. You might like to read more about how Google Project Soli is the future of tech.

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Technology was not all that was discussed at this year’s I/O. Google surprised the audience with news that its Chromebooks had outsold Apple’s iMac.

It also showed the world why it was one of best companies to work at; Google intends to set up a new place, dubbed “Area 120” where the creative, innovative, enterprising, and enthusiastic Googlers can go to work on their personal projects.

Google Play awards

Google also announced the winners of its inaugural Google Play Awards. Houzz won the title of ‘Best Overall Android App of the Year’ while Hopper, an airfare prediction engine, won the ‘Best Start- Up’ award.

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To encourage and acknowledge the various independent developers working at creating Android based apps, Google gave the ‘Best Indie Developer’ award to Alphabear.

For now, this is it from the Land of Google. Until the next I/O in May 2017, let’s keep our eyes and ears open for little pieces of information from Google.