Google I/O 2018 - Here is what are are expecting to see

Laverne Mann
May 8, 2018

Google I/O 2018 kicks off Tuesday, May 8, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. But that doesn't mean Volvo's decision to lean on Google was an obvious one.

The design of the iPhone X is such that there is no room left for the home button that has been synonymous with iPhones thus far. Once it's all set up, you can use your voice to watch TV, listen to music, get answers to questions, or any other Google Assistant functions. As we saw at I/O previous year, Google is working with specific vehicle brands to integrate the best of Android Auto into the native interface for some cars, meaning those cars essentially run on Android, but without needing your phone to work.

Google has said time and again that's it's an AI-first company now, so it's not a stretch to say Google Assistant will be the star of the show again. There's also native support for multiple camera sensors, so you can get Portrait Mode effects in camera-equipped apps like Snapchat. We'll be there to share all of the new announcements made, but Google is getting a jump start on things with a sneak peek at some changes happening to Android Auto in the near future.

We are also hoping the search goddess to release a second developer preview with these new features included and more to explore with. A year ago brought text queries, iPhone support, and a new SDK to help hardware makers integrate Google Assistant into their own products.

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Last month Google launched Android Auto wireless for its own phones for compatible cars. Previous year at I/O, we saw Android Automotive's debut, a phone-less version of Android Auto for specific cars, and now, we're getting more details on that, as well as a slight revamp for Android Auto itself.

We also don't know the price yet but it will be available this fall. The JBL Link Bar is even going to come with Google Assistant integration so that users can easily control it using voice commands.

So we'll see what happens here. Taking a cue from this, Google has been developing its own IoT platform called Android Things. It will be based on Android Oreo ecosystem for the apps with a redesigned home screen. Developers who intend to ship a commercial product running Android Things must sign a distribution agreement with Google to remove the device limit.

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