We all know it and of course, because it certainly exists, yes we are talking about the tussle between Google and Apple when it comes to their mobile operating systems. Google is on a mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” and works throughout the year and launches it on Google I/O. This is a developer’s conference, where they unveil their advancements on which they have been working. Every year app developers from all around the globe focus on this I/O as it unveils interesting updates and opens up new avenues for developing incredible mobile apps for the developers. Though it is held in San Francisco, California, this time, it was held at in Mountain View.
This three-day long conference came up with several new advancements that have taken Android app development a new step further.
In this blog, I have not only summarized all the latest advancements that Google has launched but the how can an adept Android app developer can use.
As conversational UI is gradually about to replace the regular design platform into a highly interactive platform. Google Assistant is a voice software and interacts with consumers to assist them in their tasks. Based on the technology of Google now, this helps you to book movie tickets, get you a dinner while returning home and also shows you the path to the theater. This product also includes of AI as well as technologies related to it.
This is a cross-platform app which is launched besides Apple’s Siri and Alexa. This will be used across a varied array of devices such as the newly announced Google Home.
New Firebase –Platform for mobile developers
Google is undoubtedly expanding, and this can be seen from the features such as Firebase. They have launched Firebase, which is a comprehensive platform for Android app developers and help then to develop and manage Android, web apps as well as iOS apps (surprised!).
Along with this, there are several tools that are announced that have the ability to accelerate the development process, improve the apps quality, analyze, acquire new users, along with increasing the engagement quotient of the users and make use of a suitable app monetization policy.
Daydream – VR Platform
Daydream is Virtual Reality platform which is powered by Android and is developed on Android N. Eventually you will get all the apps on Daydream. Google’s YouTube, Google Photos, Street View, Play Movies as well as the Play Store will also be on Daydream present in the VR version.
Google has hired several media companies that will help to bring the VR apps on their Daydream platform. There are several platforms such as Netflix, and we have gaming companies for example Ubisoft and Electronic Arts that have stepped up to develop apps for this platform.
Android Wear 2.0
Google’s announced its Android Wear platform around two years ago and is now being used by around hundreds of models of a smart watch. Several brands support it as it has been launched by several new improved features.
Apps that we were using till now somewhere eclipsed the face of the watch till the users came forth and dismissed it. In the latest advancement, we were now able to a delivery of notifications have become quite disruptive as they are now depicted a small bug until you wish to read them.
When it comes to using them, then we can say that they are quite easy to swipe and scroll. They have removed long presses. You get to have a hardware button available on the side that can enable the default to watch face from wherever you wish to.
Allo – Makes messaging more engaging
Allo is a brand new instant messaging app which is powered with Google Assistant. Google Assistant works as chat bot as it interacts with you directly. Allo app offers quite an intelligent algorithm for learning and comprise of feature that enables users to reply smartly.
One of the best parts of this app is that it analyzes your previous conversations and also offers suggested responses on based.
Moreover, these are not just words, but the smart replies also comprise of stickers, emojis, and photos as well and everything that focuses that makes your conversation engaging. Along with this, it offers quite a simple sliding feature called “whisper or shout” that enables you to change the size of your text as per your preferences.
Allo offers private notifications, end-to-end encryption, as well as an incognito mode even in chats. Allo is made for both the leading platform iOS and Android quite soon.
Though no name has been finalized yet for Android N, we can see that there are a lot of advancements that are going on with it.
Android N comprises of brand new features such as picture-in-picture mode, multi-window, new quick settings buttons, increased battery efficiency, new emojis, new graphics API named Vulcan, and along with that they also have the ability to reply easily with messages directly from the notifications.
Duo – Simplifying Video Calling
Though just a simple video calling app both for iOS and Android, it aims to simplify your user experience during a video call. Duo offers you a mobile-only service that makes use of the mobile telephone number of the user so as to make it a unique identifier. Moreover, the app is aiming to deliver quite a seamless user experience while video is calling. As soon as you launch your app, you get a selfie video view.
In a wake of achieving voice control, Google launched Google Home, which is a voice controlled and table-top speaker which is cylindrical in shape and above all possess artificial intelligence. This device makes use of Google Assistant, which was in the app Allo and also needs a wired electrical connection to run.
Google Home works on simple voice commands, and this will empower the users to use it for their daily chores such as check your flight, set the timer on your microwave, turn off your AC and several others.
Along with this, it also has the skills to answer your questions by making use of Google’s search engine. Further, you can take advantage of it using customizable bases available in several colors that can match the decor of your home.
Chrome OS powered with Google Play
There is good news for those who own a Chromebook. At Google I/O 2016, Google held workshops that will help Android app developers to optimize their apps for Chromebooks. Those who own Chromebook will now get to use Google App Store as well all the Apps.
Google organized this workshop for Android app developers that will help them to optimize their apps as well as pick out new features for Android N and Android M. This workshop also took sessions for features like Keyboard, multi-window, and trackpad support.