This is shaping up to be a busy week for developers and fans of technology alike. Yesterday marked the first day of Microsoft’s Build 2018 event, which runs through tomorrow, and today will see the Google I/O developer event get underway, starting at 10:00am Pacific (1:00pm Eastern). Just as with Build 2018, there will be a livestream of Google I/O that you can tune into. One reason you might want to do that is to catch more details about Android P.
There is no official word that Google will talk about the next major release of its mobile operating system, but quite frankly, it would be surprising if it didn’t. Google I/O is usually the event where Google unveils new features and details about upcoming Android releases, and we don’t see the Mountain View company flipping the script for 2018. It’s also worth noting that a developer preview of Android P is already available to developers—it’s rumored Google will make available a second developer preview today, or soon.
Artificial intelligence will also likely be a major theme at this year’s Google I/O event. While AI has been around for a long time, more recently it’s been taking the technology sector by storm. This was actually a major topic last year too—Google CEO Sundar Pichai talked at length about AI at last year’s Google I/O, and how we’re transitioning from a “mobile first” to an “AI first” world. Look for that theme to continue at this year’s event.
Google is also expected to unveil some major changes to Android Auto and how it will deliver a “brand new media experience” with updated visuals and features “both on your phone screen and on your car display.” And as an extension of that, Google will likely talk more about a new in-car concept called Android Automotive.
“You’ll see developer apps and Google services like Google Maps, the Google Assistant, and Google Play Store, all adapted and optimized for the new automotive interface,” Google recently said.
Finally, we suspect virtual reality and augmented reality to be themes at this year’s event, though to what extent remains to be seen. Last year Google unveiled Daydream 2.0 at Google I/O. It will be interesting to see if this year’s event sees the unveiling of Daydream 3.0, and/or if Google introduces something brand new to the market.
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