Google is gearing up for its I/O 2015 conference, which is going to be held in San Francisco from May 28 to 29, and if you were wondering what magic will befall the stage at the Moscone Center, here’s a list of developments that the search giant is likely to announce at the event.
Where Android Lollipop is still nowhere to be found on a majority of handsets, Google is prepping to announce its next mobile OS iteration – Android M. There’s no official word from the Internet search giant as yet, but a session description – which has since been pulled – from the I/O 2015 website showed Android M being a key topic at the event.
It has been reported for quite a while now that Google will take the wraps off Android Pay – its new payment platform – at I/O 2015. The new payment platform is destined to take on Apple Pay head on, and hopefully the search giant won’t mess up this time like how it did with Google Wallet.
New Chrome OS
It’s highly likely that Google will show some love to Chrome OS as well when it takes the stage at Moscone Center. We’re expecting the new OS to have even more tighter integration with Android – more specifically, Android M.
Speaking of VR coming in from the Mountain View company, the Google Cardboard is what comes to mind, but while the session information for I/O 2015 doesn’t talk about that project in particular, there is a listing, however, where developers will “explore virtual reality” to discuss “how it may change our lives.”
Future Of Android Auto
While Android Auto is now available in the market, but Google is not going to stop just there. The search company has two sessions planned for its Android Auto in-car infotainment tech, and is likely to throw in some additional new developments for this budding technology.
Google Cast & Android TV Updates
With Google TV being dropped, Android TV – which Sony plans to use in all its 2015 TVs – is likely to be discussed at the conference along with new features as we move into the future. Meanwhile, Google Cast, the music streaming platform is set for quite a few sessions at the event as well.
The Chromecast was announced back in 2013, and it’s been quite a while since it has been flying off shelves since then. And of course, it’s due for an upgrade, so it’s likely that Google would announce its successor at I/O 2015.
Android Wear For iPhone Support
Android Wear is seeing a slow, but rather steady growth in the consumer market, but falls short when it comes to features compared to the Apple Watch. It also lacks cross-platform compatibility when competing against the likes of Pebble. We’re certain that Google will use the stage to announce Android Wear for iPhone support.
Google’s modular phone project has been around for quite some time now, and with rising skepticism that the company is also gearing up to launch a pilot program in Puerto Rico later this year, we expect Google to shed some light on the project’s development as well.
Google has mentioned that one session at the conference will be dedicated to its futuristic tablet which packs virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D mapping into one device. Dubbed as Project Tango, it would be the first time developers are introduced to the technology formally.