The Month That Was : Google I/O 2016
The Google I/O 2016 came and made some smashing keynote announcements. The upcoming Android N, Google’s breakthrough IOT technology for homes and cars, the larger than life VR with Google Daydream and the mythical customized modular phone story from 2013 being realized as Project Ara; all this and more happened at the I/O 2016, In case you missed on the updates, here’s a rounding up on all things that got us excited as a mobile app development firm.
#1 Android Instant Apps at Google I/O 2016
This new feature on the Google Playstore will change the way app users download apps! How?
A five minute pre-install demo for every app; In a bid to make app installations more transparent and to get foolproof data on app retention and app engagement, Google plans to introduce a five minute demo feature that would help Android smartphone user’s decide if or not they want to install the app on their device.
How does it affect App owners and App users?
Now apps will have to win absolutely on merit. Brilliant app-marketing and quality features have always gone hand in hand in getting downloads. Now,the demo feature ensures that no app will pass the numbers and analytics test on the store merely because of installations, because it will have to pass the user acceptance test at the demo stage.
Okay Google! Challenge Accepted!
#2 Allo and Duo : Messaging and Video Calling App
Google announced two new communication apps — Allo, a messaging app, and Duo, a one-to-one video calling app. Is Google finally making up for the Hangouts disaster?
If one believes the intent with which these apps were announced, then the whole plan is to replace the usual chat bots with the very powerful Google search engine. You could type in everything that you would in a Google search and get the same answers, only in a group chat or personal messenger.In addition to the regular emojis and stickers, there are features such as doodles and Allo will tap into your contact list, and the app will be linked to your phone number, similar to Whatsapp. Couple that with Google Assistant, Google’s new software and chatting would become smooth with you and the rest of group having the power to access anything with Google, auto displaying results without having to switch app windows.
A one to one video messaging app doesn’t sound like something refreshing but Google promises that this one is different. It has what they are calling a ‘knock -knock’ feature. The feature is basically to display a live video of the person you are about to get into a call with and then seamlessly transcends to the call if you swipe. Duo calls are crisp HD videos (up to 720p) and audios that come with end to end encryption.
#3 Google Daydream : VR in Google I/O 16 Announcements
Google Cardboard happened a couple of years ago and was humble start to the Google vision of VR. Google has stepped up their virtual reality game with the announcement of Google Daydream at this year’s conference. Daydream is Google’s complete package for virtual reality, including standardizing the requirements for smartphones and headsets, as well as banking in the new VR mode right into the upcoming Android N. Virtual Reality will be taken to a whole new level when players like HTC, Samsung and others partner with Google to build compatible hardware….