Google I/O had originally planned to come out in 2020. But on the contrary, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Google postponed it. Apparently, we heard rumours that Google can do the virtual event but they did not do so.
Fast-forwarding to the present year i.e 2021, Google had to organize a virtual event only that we were hoping for last year. In this article, I am going to cover in and out of Google I/O.
Basics of Google I/O
Google I/O is an annual developer conference hosted by Google. In this case, though, Google releases new hardware and software. Additionally, they introduce a few improvements or upgrades to current apps and services. Although Google also organises a slew of other events. The I/O event, on the other hand, is intended for developers.
Things we got in Google I/O
a) Android 12 & first Beta (public) – The long-awaited Android 12 is nowhere. It has been released in the market with a lot more customizability. It now has a lot more colour possibilities. You can, however, now adjust your device’s wallpaper to reflect the colour schemes. We had already seen developer previews of Android 12 before this. However, the Android 12 beta version is currently available. The difference between the two is that now the general public can instal this version safely on their devices.
Furthermore, most Android previews have so far been confined to Pixel smartphones, but the first beta version is now available for all devices from all 12 OEMs.
Here is the list of Android 12 beta 1 eligible device – Asus (ZenFone 8), Google (Pixel 3/3XL, Pixel 3a/3a XL, Pixel 4/4 XL, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5), OnePlus (9 and 9 pro), OPPO (Find X3 Pro), Realme (GT), Tecno (Camon 17), TCL (20 Pro 5G), Vivo (iQ00 7 legend), ZTE (Axon 30 ultra), Xiaomi (Mi 11, Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11i/Mi 11X Pro).
Highlights of Beta features –
a) Widgets are getting a substantial upgrade with Android 12.
b) Android 12 will take customisation to the next level by automatically selecting a theme based on your notification panel. However, it also includes your wallpapers’ lock screen, quick settings, and a few other UI elements.
c) Privacy is always a contentious issue. As a result, Android 12 is now available, including features such as a privacy dashboard, a private computer core, clipboard access notifications, and so on.
d) You’ll be able to unlock your car as well with Android 12. This function will reportedly be available later this year on some Pixel devices as well as some Samsung Galaxy devices.
b) Smart Canvas – We are already working from home due to the growing pandemic. With this in mind, Google has now released its new smart Canvas platform. This has the advantage of giving you a little more flexibility when working with Google products like Docs and Sheets. Google, on the other hand, has no plans to release it to the public. I’m looking forward to seeing this in stores shortly!
c) Tizen and Wear Os are merging –The combination of Google Wear OS with Samsung’s Tizen is dubbed “Wear.” It will undoubtedly extend the life of your battery and speed up the loading process by up to 30%. In addition, a YouTube Music app for Wear OS is expected later this year. Users will be able to download and keep music offline as a result of this.
More detail includes
a) Introduction of LaMDA – LaMDA is a model of conversational language. This model is based on Google’s transformer neural network. This model is designed to converse in a free-flowing manner. However, it is still in the research and development stage.
b) Starline Project – Google went one step farther and introduced us to the Starline project. The finest feature is that it can construct a 3D model of a family member as you’re conversing with them. The Starline system is currently rather large in size. As a result, it is only available at a few Google offices. Although, as technology advances, it will be available in a variety of locations fairly soon.
c) Digital car keys & Better Security – Do you remember the last time you misplaced your car keys? At least once in a lifetime, the answer is most likely yes. No worries, Google has come up with the ideal answer. Basically, you may unlock your car using your mobile device, but it must be compatible with your vehicle. The main concept is to make the world more digitally focused. Apple, on the other hand, has already begun work on the project in conjunction with BMW. All we have to do now is wait to see who will be the first to bring this product to market.
In terms of security upgrades, Google has introduced a new password management option. You can now change all of your passwords with a single click.
d) Google Maps – The update’s key features include safer routing and environmentally friendly paths. The eco-friendly route will only provide options for routes that use less fuel. G maps will also offer a detailed image of the street. This comprises pedestrian islands, crosswalks, and sidewalks. Last but not least, there’s Live View. This will demonstrate navigation based on reality.
What is yet to come from Google
a) Google Pixel 5a – In 2019, Google I/O released the “a” series. The Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL are two of these gadgets. The Google Pixel 4a was supposed to be unveiled at Google I/O 2020, however, it was released in August instead. Due to the epidemic, Google is unlikely to release the Pixel 5a in May.
b) Google pixel Buds A – In 2020, Google will release the second-generation Pixel Buds, which were the company’s initial foray into the wireless earbuds industry. However, some speculations claim that Google is planning to release Pixel Buds A, a lower-cost variant of the earbuds. Unfortunately, Google did not announce this product at its I/O conference, but they did leak the information through publicly accessible email.
c) Whitechapel – This year, Google may release its own proprietary mobile processor. This may also occur with the Google Pixel 6. Obviously, this mobile processor is quite technical in nature, and developers should keep a close eye on it. Nonetheless, we expect to learn more about this processor from Google soon.
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