The worldwide tech community is already feeling the heat of rising expectations from the upcoming Google I/O 2015, the Android Developers Congress from Google. Apart from facilitating a sharing platform for ideas and new Android products, the event draws particular attention to Google’s latest announcement of its bevy of Android products and surprising additions and enhancements to the platform.
During the 2014 event, we got a peek into Android development that came to reality over time: Android watch, Android TV, Android Auto and the launching of Android L.
In 2015, Google is expected to announce the next big Android mobile OS version: Android M. The expected announcement includes information about new wearables and Project Tango. We won't know for sure until May 28, the day this mega event will occur. Let us have closer look at the most likely announcements from Google.
1. Android M
This is likely going to be the biggest and most showcased announcement as the pre-launch hype has already begun. Just as Android L in the last year was announced with many fantastic features (they introduced the material design), Android M is expected to create a similar hype. While Android M won't be an all-encompassing update, it will introduce an array of features that will make Android as a platform more useful and innovation driven.
- Universal fingerprint feature in new Android M will make authentication for services and apps will provide mass control.
- Smart Lock will be introduced with higher levels of integration.
- With Android M, Android smartphones will begin to experience benefits of a large Android ecosystem.
- Google is keen on changing the way notifications work and there are expectations on new notification features in Android M.
- Android M will focus more on security and accessibility rather than on design.
2. Android Auto
With Android Auto, Google will touch on a new and untapped area of apps and services for use in automobiles. Android Auto refers to a gamut of in-car software and apps for adding more security, control and navigational benefits in driving a car. Android Auto, as a cluster of tools and apps, will be featured into all types of Android devices like smartphones, Android TV, tablets and even the Chrome web browser.
- One can send directional input from the browser to the car driver on the road.
- Third-party cars will be given Android M capability to let them receive security, control and navigation input from remote Android devices and browsers.
- This new software platform will create a new niche for developing apps for automobile control and integration of driving fundamentals into mobile apps.
3. Android Wear with Google Fit
After its low key launch at last year's event, Android Wear continued to gain popularity and looked more promising a platform. This year this will be given a boost with a gamut of new capabilities and features. There are already enough rumors that this year a new wearable is going to launched. Inclusion of Google Fit as the new fitness app and service for Android wearable platform will also be at the top of the agenda.
- Strong display, enhanced battery life and additional feature set may be introduced to make top of the tier Android Smartwatch devices even more appealing.
- Google Fit, Google's health and fitness dashboard, will make wearable devices capable as fully competent fitness and health trackers.
- An announcement of a new wearable device looks very much probable.
4. Android Home and Google Brillo IOT
At the 2015 Google I/O, there will big focus on Internet of Things devices, or as it is being marketed, Android Home. Already, a low-powered Android version is in the making. Codenamed "Brillo," it can be used in home automation devices with only 64MB or 32B RAM.
- This can as well be the beginning of a smart Internet of Things environment with cross-industry devices being connected via Android Home inside and outside of home.
- From smart home monitors like Nest to fridges to television, all kinds of devices will now be grounded strongly on the Android platform.
- Lower random memory capacity will not be a constraint for multiple smaller devices as Google is going to unveil Brillo, a compatible Android platform for low RAM devices.
5. Android TV
From CES 2015, it has been quite clear that numerous Android TV-ready devices will continue to unleash the capability of the platform in new ways. While we can't predict deeper changes to the Android TV platform yet, we can expect some announcements in refining and enhancing it further for the developers and audience.
- Casting ability may be unleashed on the platform for the first time.
- More device specific interactive features can be added to make the smart TV experience even better.
- Integration of Android TV into Android Home environment will broaden the possibilities further.
6. Google Glass 2.0
Ever since its first launch, Google Glass is strongly considered as the most formidable eye-mounted wearable smart device. For the second generation Google Glass launch, there have been an array of expectations. This year at Google I/O, it can be one of the key attractions.
- There can be a complete redesign of the device.
- Sensor or camera movement can be enhanced in the new update.
- Eye tracking capability can be installed in the new device.
7. Google Photos
Google Photos may take the headlines as a new standalone app from Google. Google Photos were part of the Google+ social network. Now, Google will launch it as a standalone app. Removed from the social platform, the app will provide lot of features for doing a lot of things with your photos.
- Being independent from Google's social platform, the photos in this app can be used for other social platforms as well.
- There can be other newly added features for editing, sharing, etc.
8. Cloud Messaging
From the entitled session for cloud messaging in the Google I/O 2015 schedule, it is clear that Google is going to unveil some unified cloud-based messaging solutions. Specifics are hard to predict on this one, but we can expect:
- More powerful non-device specific messaging apps to get a boost.
- Increasing scope in incorporating new elements in messages and messaging services.
You might be wondering at the abrupt end of this blog without mention of some well hyped products and expectations. But rather than offering smoky ideas about the upcoming we would rather prefer to wait keeping our hands crossed. As far as expectations are concerned a new payment app as Google Pay is in making and Google Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) may come with a few revelations.