Sandwiched between Microsoft’s Build and Apple’s WWDC, Google’s developer conference takes place this evening. The firm’s I/O event is due to take place at the Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, in California and will see it unveil its latest technologies.
Here’s what you need to know about the event.
What is Google I/O?
The Google event is held annually and sees the company announce its newest work. The programme is designed to run for three days and is aimed at developers, but there will be a mass market appeal to the announcements the firm is going to make.
The main focus of the event, which Google is calling a “festival”, will take place on the first day when CEO Sundar Pichai and his executives will reveal what the company is working on.
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When does Google I/O start?
The event is due to start at 18:00 BST and will be live streamed by the company. WIRED will be attending Google’s London event, that’s being held simultaneously with the Mountain View version, and will update this page with all the announcements.
How to watch Google IO
Google is live streaming this year’s I/O. You can watch it below.
What will Google announce?
Google says the event will focus on technologies for “Android, web and iOS developers” but it’s likely there could be much more included. There’s a full schedule of talks and events across the full three days here.
Here’s what Google could announce at its 2017 I/O:
In April, Google announced that the next version of its mobile and tablet operating system will be called Android O. As it made the announcement it gave developers the first preview of the OS and promised improved battery life, notification control, changing icons and copyless paste. It’s highly likely Google I/O will be used to give more details on upcoming software.
In 2016 the tech giant officially brought its VR efforts under the Daydream banner. This year, it has been reported by Variety that it will announce a new next-generation headset that has been described as a standalone mobile VR device.
Pichai’s firm first announced its AI personal assistant speaker at last year’s I/O and it’s likely the firm will be giving an update on the device. The firm has been under pressure to improve the device, with the main competitor, Amazon, launching a new version of its Echo that has a screen.
The AI embedded in the Google Home is underpinned by Google’s Assistant. The helper is intended to assist in planning events, answering questions, and generally be useful. It has been reported Google could launch an iOS app that uses the Assistant. This would mark the first time Google’s Assistant has been available on iPhones and iPads.