May 27, 2015

4 Questions We Need Answered at Google I/O

The Google I/O Conference 2015 logo on a turquoise background and next to a # symbol.
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By Justin H.

Tomorrow on May 28, the 8th annual Super Bowl of software will commence in San Francisco, CA. Fandroids everywhere are rejoicing the biggest tech holiday of the year. Google I/O is here!

Last year, we were blessed with an aggressive Material Design makeover for Android. The theme this year seems to be more along the lines of general updates. In other words, don’t hold your breath for anything earth shattering.

Since there are so many different projects Google is involved with, it is nearly impossible to keep up with all of them. Google I/O will feel more like a State of the Union address this time around. No complaints here, we just need some answers!

Here are the 4 biggest questions we need answered at Google I/O 2015.

Is Google Glass 2.0 Here to Stay?

Google has been very quiet about its next installment of Glass. Almost too quiet.

We have discussed Glass 2.0 here at Tek Shouts, and are excited about what the future has in store. But other than a flashy new design, we know almost nothing!

One recent tidbit is that Google has posted 16 new job positions for the Glass division over the last month.

Some of the intrigue surrounding Glass has been quelled due to the smartwatch phenomenon, but Google has to give us something to let us know Glass is still a priority.

Will Android M Really Increase Smartphone Battery Life and RAM Usage?

The release of Android M (internally known as Macadamia Nut Cookie) should be the biggest news at I/O this year. Much like Glass, details of MNC have been kept under lock and key aside from one interesting and predictable rumor.

Battery life is always one of the main issues for smartphone users. We wish they’d last for days on end. That’s not too much to ask, right?

According to Android Police, Google’s focus on battery life and RAM usage are points of emphasis with Android M. However, they are somewhat skeptical.

“While we’re mostly confident that Google will release a dev preview, claims about a focus on battery and RAM are hard to substantiate without more evidence,” said Liam Spradlin of Android Police.

This would be a welcome addition for all Android users, but we’ll believe it when we see it.

Is Brillo Too Much?

We are going to hear a lot about Brillo at I/O, Google’s operating software for a smart home or internet of things setup.

It is a fantastic concept, but what we learn at I/O will give a better understanding of just how popular this idea could become. Google is determined to get Android in as many places as possible, and Brillo epitomizes that. This is the company’s second attempt at making smart homes mainstream, after Nest crashed and burned.

We all love technology, but Brillo is going to connect to devices like refrigerators, thermostats and door locks. You will be able to connect plenty of devices since none of these objects require nearly as much RAM as the average electronic.

Brillo will also be very much based on Android, limiting its target market. It could work out, but it could also turn out to be too over the top for many consumers.

Will Google Photos Steal the Show?

The shackles are off and Google is set to unveil its shiny new Photos app at I/O. Finally free from the boundaries of Google+, Photos is one of the more highly anticipated aspects of the convention.

Unlike the previous two topics, we have actually seen substantial evidence that Google Photos is for real. It is no longer just an add-on to Google+ and is now ready to stand on its own, as we will see at I/O.

Google Photos comes across as a perfect blend somewhere between Instagram and iPhoto. Users can search for people, objects or anything else, but also back up photos automatically. You are also able to edit photos and create movies, stories, albums, animations or collages by using the new Assistant feature.

Photos clearly has a lot to offer, so much so that it might blow everything else away. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but the functionality is second to none.

Keep an eye on the fallout of I/O and the impact Google Photos has across the industry as a whole. This could be a real game changer.

What are you looking forward to at Google I/O? Let us know in the comment section!

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