Google I/O 2017 Predictions

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In less than a month, Google will hold its annual developer conference, Google I/O 2017. During the conference, Google announces their plans for the coming year and gives the public a look at what’s coming up for the tech giant.  Whether you’re a programmer or a consumer, the announcements Google will make during the conference will definitely affect you. Although it’s not for a few weeks, we can always speculate on what the company will reveal, so here are our predictions for this year’s Google I/O.

Android O

Android O, the latest iteration in the company’s mobile operating system, will most likely be made official during the conference. Although a developer preview was released earlier this year, it was released quietly and with little fanfare. During I/O, you can expect to hear lots about the latest version of Android, including new features, another developer preview, and other details including the release date and maybe even the official name. This is similar to how Google announced the last version, Nougat – first quietly releasing a developer preview, then officially announcing it at I/O in 2016.

A lot of the features in Android O are geared towards developers, like the notification channels and new battery-saving restrictions, and the breakout sessions and keynotes will mainly be geared towards those features. However, all of those features will end up making the Android experience better for the end user, so be sure to look out for that.

Google Assistant

Google Assistant, the company’s virtual assistant, has been becoming more and more powerful over the past few months. Released last year and made available to all Android devices soon after that, Assistant has become a staple in Google’s product lineup. With the release of the Assistant SDK, which lets developers use the Assistant’s capabilities in their own devices, we can expect to see a wider range of devices supporting the Assistant. Given how much work Google has put into the program, it’s inevitable that it will be highlighted during the conference.

The company will hopefully reveal new and exciting features to the platform. They’ll also most likely encourage the developers to use the SDK, which will hopefully lead to an even higher adoption of the Assistant across third-party devices.

Google Pixel and Google Home

Google’s two flagship devices, the Google PIxel and Google Home, will be mentioned during the conference. The company will most likely talk about what they see as the success of the products, as well as reveal new details about the second-generation Pixel and Home. However, since I/O is a developer summit, there won’t actually be any products unveiled during the event – we’ll have to wait a few more months for that.

Google I/O 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting conference full of new significant announcements. You can watch it online at https://events.google.com/io/ on May 17-19. Although we can’t know exactly what will happen, we can be certain that it will be an exciting evolution for the future of Google and the whole world of tech.

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Matan Kotler-Berkowitz

I'm passionate about all things tech and love to write about them! I joined the New and Improved team to help bring you the latest tech news and reviews.

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