At A Glance: Google Tech Announcements From I/O 2016

Is this good timing or what?

Google announced several new toys and features to their Android fan base at the Google I/O 2016 Keynote presentation earlier this week. Finally, the Android community could put that Note 7 nightmare behind them.

At a glance, this is what we’re looking at in regards to Google’s latest tech announcement.

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1. Android Nougat

The newest flavour of Android is available first on the Google Pixel Phone, released on October 20, 2016. The new OS has many improved features and also new ones. Here is a list of known features that Android Nougat will have.

  • Over 1500 emoji including 72 new ones
  • Multi-Locale language settings
  • Multi-window view
  • Quickly switch between apps

“Experience Android in a new dimension”

Vulkan™ API is a game changer with high-performance 3D graphics. On supported devices, see apps leap to life with sharper graphics and eye-candy effects.

“Keep on keeping on
with a smarter battery”

Doze on the Go

  • Doze now helps save battery power even when you’re on the move. So your device will still go into low power usage while you carry it in your pocket or purse.

“Stay in the moment”

Android Nougat makes it easier to take action in the moment, with more personalized settings and smarter notifications.

Custom Quick Settings

  • Rearrange your Quick Setting tiles so you can get to what you want faster.
  • Notification Direct Reply
  • Mini conversations within your notifications let you reply on the fly – without opening any app.

Bundled Notifications

  • See what’s new at a glance with bundled notifications from apps. Simply tap to expand and view more info without having to open the app.

“More ways to make Android yours”

Android Nougat opens up more ways for you to personalize your Android device. Decide how your data is used, the way you’re notified, and what your display looks like.

Data Saver

  • Limit how much data your device uses with Data Saver. When Data Saver is turned on, apps in the background won’t be able to access cell data.

Notification Controls

  • When a notification pops up, just press and hold to toggle the settings. For instance, you can silence future alerts from an app in the notification itself.

Display Size

  • Not only can you change the size of the text on your device, but the size of the icons and the experience itself.

“Security is at the heart
of all we do”

Your safety and privacy are important. As always, Android is built with powerful layers of security and encryption to keep your private data private. With Android Nougat, we’ve also added new features.

Seamless Updates

  • On select new devices, software updates download in the background, so you won’t have to wait while your device syncs with the latest security tools.

File-based Encryption

  • By encrypting at the file level, Android can better isolate and protect files for individual users on your device.

Direct Boot

  • Starting your device is faster and apps run securely even before you enter your password.

2. Google “Pixel” Phone

Release Date: October 20, 2016, Pre-orders available now

The highest rated smartphone camera by DxOMark Mobile. Ever. A battery that lasts all day. Unlimited storage for all your photos and videos. And it’s the first phone with the Google Assistant built-in.
Many early criticisms have been made on this new device already. It is still yet to be judged once released to the consumers for a full user experience.

3. Android Instant Apps

  • Native Android apps, without the installation.

An evolution in app sharing and discovery, Android Instant Apps enables Android apps to run instantly, without requiring installation. Instant Apps lets you experience what you love about apps—fast and beautiful user interfaces, high performance, and great capabilities—with just a tap.

Android Instant Apps lets you experience beautiful and immersive apps, with material design and smooth animations, without installing them on your device.

Get people to your flagship Android experience from links that would otherwise open your mobile web page — like search, social media, messaging, and other deep links — without them needing to install your app first.

4. Chromecast Ultra

Stream in up to 4K Ultra HD & HDR picture quality over your Wi-Fi network with Chromecast Ultra, a streaming device that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port. Chromecast Ultra provides fast, reliable performance with minimal buffering and smooth streaming.

5. Daydream VR

Daydream is Google’s new VR headset where you insert a Daydream ready Smartphone into the headset for a unique VR experience. The device is paired with your phone and with a small handheld controller.

6. Duo

Google’s new video calling app for Android and IOS. Here are a few features with Google’s Duo.

“Face to face
with just a tap.”

Simple one-tap calling and super smooth switching from cell to WiFi make it easy to check in from anywhere.

“See what’s up
before you answer.”

Preview incoming video calls from everyone in your contacts with Knock Knock. So whether it’s your mom’s first skydiving trip or your friend’s shiny new ring, you’ll never miss a moment

7. Google Assistant

Google’s AI assistant is called Google??? Like its competitors like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon Echo’s Alexa, Google’s Google can be asked anything to help you with everyday tasks. Upcoming devices like the Pixel, Google Home and other voice controlled devices will be able to take advantage of the new Google AI.

8. Google Home

Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google, always ready to help. Just start with, “Ok Google”. Perfect for when you need to be hands-free around the home. It also controls other smart devices in your home.(Smart TV, Music apps and more)

9. Google Wi-Fi

Enjoy a fast signal in every room, on every device. Google Wi-Fi, a new type of connected system that replaces your router for seamless coverage throughout your home.

“Is this the end of dead spots in your home or business?”

10. Android Wear 2.0

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Final Thoughts

If you would like me to expand further on a specific product or function from the Google Keynote Event, feel free to connect with me. I’d love to research the topic further and give you the knowledge I’ve gathered and share my personal opinions. Thanks again for reading.

 Chuck

 

Sources:
GOOGLE.COM

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