What to Expect at Google I/O 2016

NicoleMotta - May 18, 2016 - 12:27 PM

What to Expect at Google I/O 2016

Google is about to kick off its annual I/O developer conference, and here's what you can expect to see.

(CCM) — Relocated to Mountain View, CA, this year's Google I/O event is set to start at 10 AM PST with a 2-hour keynote, and the event is sure to be packed with major announcements. Google has been talking about its upcoming Android release for some time, and new information on the OS is almost a given for the event. Google may reveal the official name for Android N this week (perhaps "Nutella"?) as well as new features for the mobile OS. Another potential announcement could be a standalone VR headset, thought to be called Android VR. This headset would have its own VR-dedicated hardware, but like Samsung's Gear VR, it would rely on a smartphone for its display. Google is also expected to reveal at the event new details on Android Pay, Android Auto, Android Wear, Android apps for Chrome OS, and bots.

While the aforementioned subjects will more than likely make an appearance at I/O 2016, there are other topics that are only rumored to be at the event. According to reports, Google may unveil an Amazon Echo competitor called Chirp at I/O 2016, but this may be too early for an official release of the device. The company is also said to be working on a WhatsApp competitor, though it is unclear if this would be a redesigned Hangouts or an entirely new app. With the launch of group messenger Spaces this week, this announcement seems unlikely. Google may also reveal new information on its self-driving cars.

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