Google I/O turns 10 this year, it was started in 2008 for the soul of Google; its developers and the people whose lives matter in every inch of Google’s essence. The huge once-a-year conference targets people around the world, more than a billion of course.
Android, Chrome, Wear OS, Material Design, Machine Learning and as per last year Mobile-First conference; all the passionate Google freaks are about to witness the behemoth event at its peak and have been doing so for a decade now. May 8-11. Watch it live here.
Developers around the world are excited about the upcoming Android P (guess what? we know it xD), the mysterious Google’s OS Fuchsia, the Material Design (2), the sequel to the Cloud TPUs and anything and everything about Google’s massive AI power. So, what now?
The upcoming ninth major Android version of the Android Operating System which targets a majority of new techies, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users mainly. Nexus 6p ends the update this year as it had a beta update last year for Oreo and Nexus 5x ended at Nougat. This new OS packs a lot of new surprises, Christmas came early people!
A Developer Preview was launched on the 7th of March this year that targeted the elite Google devices. The P (9.0) Developer Preview 1 (PPP1.180208.014) looks pretty sleek with the new ‘smooth-smooth’ wallpapers and of course the new Material on it.
The icons seem more curve now, the Wallpaper has more vector feels to it and the Google search bar is now at the bottom-most place of the home screen. Some apps have got a complete design make-over and we’ll get to see about them more at the I/O.
The notification bar is completely revamped and made now with more accuracy to User Interface and User Experience. The curved edges always make the user feel pretty satisfied and isn’t that good?
- New user interface for the quick settings menu
- The clock has moved to the left of the notification bar
- The “dock” now has a semi-transparent background
- Battery saver no longer shows an orange overlay on the notification and status bars
- A “screenshot” button has been added to the power options
- A new “Lockdown” mode which disables biometric authentication once activated
- Rounded corners across the UI
- New transitions for switching between apps, or activities within apps
- Richer messaging notifications, where a full conversation can be had a notification, full-scale images, and smart replies akin to Google’s new app, Reply
- Support for display cutouts
- Redesigned volume slider
- Battery percentage now is shown in Always-On Display
- Lock screen security changes include the possible return of an improved NFC Unlock.
- Experimental features (which are currently hidden within a menu called Feature Flags) such as a redesigned About Phone page in settings, and automatic Bluetooth enabling while driving
Btw, those who put their guessing hats on and trying to figure out what P will stand for, current guesses include Peppermint Patty, Pumpkin Pie, Praline, and more. However, based on a potential Easter egg Google hid in a batch of wallpapers released earlier this spring, the current front-runner has to be Android Popsicle. Yeah xD
Yeah, we gave away the wallpapers, go out and try them. We are planning to live stream Google I/O 2018 directly on our website. Stay tuned for it!