Google's biggest event of the year is here. Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, is set to kick off Tuesday morning at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Things start with a keynote from CEO Sundar Pichai, followed by talks from other executives. While the event is always full of announcements, all signs point to an especially busy year for Google. SEE ALSO: Google's big Gmail update makes your inbox smarter and more secure From the upcoming Android P update to new Google Assistant features and virtual reality and artificial intelligence, here's a look at everything we're expecting to hear about at Google I/O.
Everything IT professionals, IT managers, and businesses need to know about Google I/O 2016. Below you can find a summary of what was announced, along with a live blog of the event and our predictions prior to the event. Google stopped short of unveiling a new VR headset, as many had predicted, but one of the most eye-catching announcements was Daydream. Arriving this autumn, Daydream is billed as the VR platform for Android. Google is working with Android manufacturers to create devices that can run a high-end VR experience.
Google's Project Tango is ready for prime time. Conceived back in 2012 as a way to enable our devices to see like we do, Tango has evolved from prototype to prototype, and now is on the verge of its first real-deal release. Lenovo will unveil the world's first Tango-enabled device on June 9. It's a big milestone for the computer vision project, which aims to give smartphones and tablets sensor-enabled superpowers. A Tango phone will be able to, among other things, take precise measurements of rooms, "remember" environments and track how objects have moved, and even create moving, virtual characters that can interact with the real world.
If you follow tech news often, you'll be more than aware of the promise offered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Often, though, it feels like a far-away goal. It will get there, but right now it's primitive. At Google's annual developer conference, held this week near its Mountain View headquarters, the company showed off some of the best practical applications of AI and machine learning I've seen yet. They may not make your jaw drop - or, thankfully, put you out of a job - but it's an incremental change that shows how Google is putting its immense computing power to work.
For Google, its annual I/O developer conference isn't just a place to show off the next major version of Android and get coders excited about building apps. Though that stuff is a big part of the show, I/O is also a chance for Google to flex its AI muscle and emphasize its massive reach at a time when every major tech company is racing to best each other in artificial intelligence. And with its emphasis on cloud-based software and apps, I/O is the most important event of the year for Google--as least as long as its hardware efforts are still such a small fraction of its overall business. WIRED will be on the ground covering it, but until Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicks off the keynote Tuesday May 8 at 10 am Pacific, here's an idea of what to expect. Just like every year, Android will be front and center at the 2018 edition of IO.