Get ready for the most interesting I/O in years.
In just over a week’s time, we’ll be heading out to Mountain View for Google I/O, the annual developer conference where we’ll see, in broad terms, what’s next from Google. At its core, I/O is a developer conference, but it’s also been a platform for other major announcements from the firm, and sometimes the occasional product launch. Looking back at last May’s conference, Google foreshadowed its big push into consumer hardware with Google Home and Daydream, showed us the next evolution of Android Wear (which, incidentally wouldn’t actually be ready until the following February), and laid the foundations for Android apps on Chrome OS and Instant Apps across all Android devices.
As Google retains the same venue — Shoreline Amphitheater, a short walk from its headquarters — expect a similarly eclectic mix of consumer announcements and big important strategic things, alongside the all-important developer sessions. (Hopefully without many of the logistical issues that dogged last year’s I/O. Looks like it’s gonna be another sunny I/O.)
On the Android side, Google has been very clear that new Android O goodies will be coming, besides everything we’ve seen in the current alpha release. Expect O’s feature set to become more fleshed out with the release of the second developer preview, which should shed more light on what kind of a release cycle this will be for the OS.
It’ll be interesting to see if wearables are mentioned at all — or whether, after the launch of Android Wear 2.0, we’ll see more conservative upgrades to Wear on Android O, as the emphasis shifts to new hardware from manufacturer partners. (And the new, more efficient Snapdragon Wear SoCs you’d hope Qualcomm would be working on.)
I/O would be as good a place as any to pull back the