Google Inc’s annual developers’ conference is about to start in just a few days, and people are highly excited about the company’s tech announcements this year – from Android M, to Chromecast 2, to Google Photo Apps, to Google Glass, the industry giant has many surprises in store for fans and critics alike.
The event will take place this upcoming Thursday, on May 28, 2015, in San Francisco, and last for two (2) tech-heavy days.
The most buzzed-about reveal is that Android M will finally be previewed during this year’s Google I/O. What the mysterious “M” stands for is unknown as of yet, however there’s great speculation among the experts that the full name of the OS (operating system) will end up being Android Marshmallow.
One of the newest and most unique features to come to the smartphone and tablet market is the device integrated Fingerprint scanning application programming interface (API). It is said to be able to integrate with both the Google Play store and the Chrome browser, and will offer users much higher security on their devices.
Another significant change is rumored to be the company’s decision of replacing Google Wallet with the newly designed Android Pay. Google wants it to become a standard for wireless payments, and quickly reveal itself to be a formidable rival for Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.
Android’s default messaging app, Google Hangouts, could have been updated and improved with the addition of actionable agendas, as well as the ability to start listing out information relevant to a conversation, while the conversation is being had.
It is also believed that Google Inc will announce their intention of making Android M compatible with car infotainment systems. What this means is that Android will work natively off of the car infotainment system. It will have a much broader functionality than Android Auto, which only allows users to imprint limited functionality of the OS on the car infotainment system.
The cherry on top of the OS comes in the form of suspicions that Google will be making Android M compatible with virtual reality devices and introduce native multi-window multitasking feature like those of Samsung and LG.
Not much more is currently knows about the OS, however an information leak previously described it as: “Android M is bringing the power of Android to all kinds of workplaces. This opens huge new markets for hundreds of millions of devices to workers at small business, deskless workers, logistics and warehousing jobs; all be empowered by adoption of Android devices at Work”.
Chromecast 2 is another popular topic for speculation. Rumor has it, it will be built with the Wi-Fi 802.11 AC protocol and made to support 4k video, 1080p video at 60 frames per second or even 3D video, which the current Chromecast doesn’t.
Last but not least, Google Inc is stepping on the footprints of Apple Inc. The company has teamed up with renowned Swiss watch brand Tag Heuer and Intel in an effort to design their very own Android Wear smartwatch. They have confirmed that they are indeed working on creating the product and that their priority is to figure out a way to enable the battery to last for 40 hours straight.
If it wasn’t already obvious enough that the device is being developed mainly to compete with the Apple Watch, the company has publicly stated that they want to work on making the Android Wear smartwatch compatible with the iPhone.
More information is sure to come out in waves once Google I/O gets started.
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