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Google IO 2018: what we want to see

Google IO 2018 is simply weeks away, with the occasion taking place in early Might, and it is positive for use to unveil a bunch of Android software program goodies and doubtlessly even some new .

We do not know a lot about IO 2018 but, however Google has begun teasing the occasion, giving us a couple of clues as to what we’d see – and when.

We have additionally provide you with a want listing for what we would like from Google’s annual developer convention, which you will discover on the backside of this web page.

Minimize to the chase

  • What’s it? Google’s annual developer convention
  • When is it? May 8-10

Google IO 2018 information and rumors

Google took to Twitter in January to tease IO 2018, and that tweet led customers to the google.com/io web site, the place a collection of puzzles revealed that the occasion is to happen on May 8-10 on the Shoreline Amphitheater in California (the place the final couple of IO conferences have been held).

That is not significantly stunning, as Google IO is normally held in May, however this could be barely earlier within the month than common. Since then, Google has launched the official schedule for IO.

The location additionally includes a image of a pineapple upside-down cake, which is an apparent trace that the following model of Android could borrow that title, although it may simply as simply be a purple herring.

Android Pineapple Upside-down Cake is a little bit of a mouthful, however Android Pineapple? That might work, though it would not comply with the candy deal with theme Google has used to this point.

And let’s not neglect, Android Ice Cream Sandwich wasn’t precisely succinct.

What we wish to see

Google IO is certain to incorporate some tasty Android information, however that is not all we would like from it. Listed here are a few of our essential needs.

1. An Android P beta

We might study some issues about Android P earlier than Google IO 2018, however there’s more likely to be quite a lot of further data at that occasion and hopefully a beta replace, so anybody courageous sufficient to cope with the bugs can get deeper into the software program.

Google has already launched the primary Android P Developer Preview, for the really daring (however truly principally for builders). The developer preview isn’t the one place to identify new options for Android P although. Lately a brand new set of UI navigation buttons had been noticed, exhibiting the conventional again button and a brand new horizontal bar instead of the standard residence button, with the Overview button absent. These adjustments put the Android P UI in line with the iPhone X, maybe as Google tries to cater to extra telephones with notches.

In any case, there is a good likelihood we’ll get extra in May, since Android Oreo entered beta throughout Google IO 2017.

2. Android P’s title

Google IO 2018
Might this be an apparent trace at Android P’s title? Credit score: Google/The Verge

In addition to data and a beta, we might love to seek out out what Android P will truly be referred to as. Our solely clue to this point is an image of a pineapple upside-down cake, discovered by The Verge on Google’s IO web site, and we suspect that is likely to be a purple herring.

However we in all probability will not discover out, as Google tends to disclose this data later within the 12 months, so it might be anybody’s guess for a very long time but.

3. Some major Gmail adjustments

The net model of Gmail has a number of new features and changes inbound, and IO is a possible place for them to be proven off in higher element. What we’ve seen to this point is a redesigned UI for Gmail, with bigger, clearer buttons, which look a tad extra contact pleasant for these of you who like poking your display. Extra colour seems to be exhibiting up within the redesign as properly, with totally different colours used to make it simpler to differentiate between numerous sorts of e-mail, akin to private, plans, and journey. These adjustments had been noticed by The Verge.

The replace seems to additionally embody Googe’s Sensible Replies in addition to a sidebar with fast entry to Calendar, notes from Preserve, and duties. The inbox view reveals what attachments are included in every e-mail, they usually appear instantly accessible from the inbox display. Be ready, although: from the leaked picture we’ve seen, customized backgrounds might not make the transition to this new design. Hopefully, we’ll see extra at Google IO, perhap on Might 10 in the course of the G Suite event in the schedule.

Past the visible revision, a set of helpful options are additionally inbound. One is the power to snooze emails, which can take away it out of your inbox, after which it should up like a brand new e-mail once more at a user-specified time sooner or later. Advanced security features are coming to Gmail as properly within the type of a Confidential Mode, which can allow expiration dates for emails, block forwarding, printing, copying, and downloading, in addition to giving customers the choice to password lock their emails and ship the password individually through SMS.

4. Android Wear 3.0

Google has proven off Android Wear at IO earlier than, and the occasion has even been used to announce smartwatches such because the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. When IO 2018 rolls round, Android Wear 2.0 will probably be over a 12 months outdated, making it due for a critical update.

Google just lately re-branded Android Put on to Wear OS, however we’re nonetheless hoping IO 2018 will carry extra updates past the title change. We anticipate Wear 3.0 to introduce extra apps, enhance effectivity and assist iOS higher, amongst different issues. If some new wearables land alongside it then all the higher.

Including to your expectations that an replace to Wear OS will present up at Google IO, there’s a session within the official schedule labeled “What’s new in Wear OS by Google.” Google has already launched new options in a developer preview of Wear OS. Options embody a darkish theme, and a variety of battery-saving adjustments, akin to disabling radios when the watch isn’t being worn and limiting background exercise. How way more we’ll see at IO is unsure, nevertheless it’s attainable the developer preview will eventually transfer ahead into beta in the course of the occasion.

5. A VR push

We in all probability will not get one other Daydream View at IO, however you never know

Google bought extra closely into VR with Daydream, introduced again at IO 2016, and we might wish to see one other huge VR push at this 12 months‘s occasion.

That might imply the announcement of recent VR video games and experiences and even some new VR – although we would not rely on that, as a brand new model of the Google Daydream View landed in late 2017.

Heck, perhaps Google will even push again into augmented reality after its tough patch with Google Glass. The Intel Vaunt has convincingly proven that AR glasses might be made with out wanting horrible, so it might be a great time for Google to leap again in.

6. Assistant enhancements

Google Assistant is arguably the very best AI assistant round, however there’s nonetheless room for enchancment and hopefully a brand new and higher model of it will likely be introduced at Google IO 2018.

We already know that this 12 months Google Assistant is becoming impressively multilingual, and the power to respond to assigned names as a substitute of “OK, Google” is a welcome change.

There’s loads that we would like from it, however maybe most significantly we would like it to get even higher at listening to and understanding what we’re saying – and with the ability to usefully reply to our requests.

7. Google Home software program updates

There’s room to enhance in Google Home‘s software program

Google Home in its numerous types is an honest good speaker, and we would not significantly anticipate to see any new Home at Google IO 2018 (although information that the Home Max is coming to extra international locations can be appreciated), however what we’d get is enhancements to the software program.

Whether or not that is a extra responsive app, compatibility with extra gadgets and companies, or one thing else completely, we would like it.

8. Surprises

One factor we at all times like at occasions like these is surprises, and with so little identified about Google IO 2018 to this point, we’d even get some. That is if every thing is not leaked within the weeks earlier than it kicks off.

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