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Google I/O 2018: What to expect, how to watch live and Android P

Google is all set to kick off 2018 edition of its I/O developer conference today. Google host the developer summit in the summer every year and this year, the date is May 8. Here let us discuss what to expect from Google I/O developer conference 2018.

Google I/O is an annual developer conference held by Google in Mountain View, California. I/O showcases technical in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open sources such as Android, Chrome and Chrome OS, APIs, Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.

Android P

The next version of Android OS is going to revealed in I/O 2018. 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.

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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.

Android TV

Google’s Chromecast dongles are good for streaming a wide range of content from your phone or computer to your TV – but they’re not great. That’s why we were excited to hear rumors about an official Android TV dongle, which would support a remote for easier navigation around the platform’s ecosystem of apps, as well as the redesigned home screen for Oreo-based version.

Android TV Dongle (Source: Android Central)
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We already have a bunch of options for enjoying Android TV in your living room, including Xiaomi’s set-top box – but it’d be great to see Google shrink the platform into a dongle that hides behind your screen and update the interface so it’s even more comfortable to use than before.

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Wear OS

The company renamed Android Wear to Wear OS earlier this year, in the hopes of clarifying that its wearable platform is compatible with both Android and iOS.

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The developer preview for the upcoming version of Wear OS brings some battery optimizations and a default dark theme – we’re expecting to hear about more features and tighter integration with Google Assistant.

Google Assistant

Google has been busy getting it work with more smart home products; it’s now compatible with over 5,000 of them and covers most major brands in the US.

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It also now supports over a million Actions including booking movie tickets. With Google Home speakers becoming more widely available across the globe, and Assistant-powered smart displays slated to go on sale this summer, it’s likely that we’ll hear a lot about what Assistant will be capable of in the coming months, at I/O.

Chrome OS

Chrome OS is gaining popularity, as the third-party manufacturers have been snapping up Chrome OS and putting it into their new tablets, and that’s a good thing for everyone.

Chrome OS
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As we noted in March, Chrome OS can run virtually all the same apps as Android tablets, while also offering a much better web browsing experience and built-in stylus support. With desirable devices from Asus and HP making their way to store shelves this year, we’re almost certainly going to see Chrome OS get some love on the I/O stage this year.

How to watch Google I/O 2018 Live?

The event kicks off on May 8 at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 7PM CET / 10:30PM IST. If you want to follow along with the action as it happens, we are going to Live stream Google I/O 2018 on our here.

We will keep you updated with all the latest news and updates related to Google I/O 2018. Stay connected with us on our Twitter handle @TechIncludes.

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Written by Snehasish Nayak

Google Top Contributor (Allo, Duo), a Local Guide, and Founder of TechIncludes. Follow me on twitter @Th3Snehasish.

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