12 Biggest Announcements From Google I/O 2016



Google's yearly developer conference is over and in this article we'd be talking about 12 biggest announcements Google made this year.

Google Assistant

Google kicked off its yearly developer conference, Google I/O 2016, with announcement of the new Google Assistant, a new conversational assistant which will answer your questions and do things for you. Google assistant will not only be available on phones but also in your cars, on your computers, on your wearables and in your home.

With Google Assistant you will experience an 2-way conversation, assistant will understand your context, gives you control and more. It's an updated to the ongoing Google Now which provides a new way of search.

Google Home

Google Home is answer to Amazon's echo, although Amazon was the first to had a breakout hit. Google shamelessly copied the concept and comes up with a new pear-shaped Home speaker. With Google Home you can manage your everyday tasks, listen your favorite music and can ask Google anything you want to know. All of this can easily be done by speaking with the Assistant.

Google Home is a Wi-Fi speaker that streams music directly from the cloud so you get the highest quality playback. It will deliver high bass and clear highs all from a beautiful, compact form factor. Of course you can access Songs, Playlists, Albums, Artists and Podcast from your favorite music services. Moreover you can also send music from your Android or iOS device through Google Cast.

Android Wear 2.0

At Google I/O 2016, the company has unveiled a band new version of it's wearable platform, it's the biggest update to it ever- welcome Android Wear 2.0.The update includes features like: Handwriting recognition and inbox style replies, Automatic activity tracking to enhance the Fitness related date and most importantly the Standalone App support.

Daydream VR Platform

Google unveiled it's own VR platform dubbed as Daydream which is built on top of Android N. This device is not meant to compete with the PC-powered HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, but looks much more powerful than Cardboard. The controller, for instance, allows for calls to action and navigation but it won’t give the full-on “squeeze and pick things up” that comes with the high-end stuff.

Android N


  • Instant Apps automatically loads a chunk of an app, no visit to the Play Store required. 
  • Android N is more Stable and Optimised 
  • 75% faster app installation 
  • Android N apps will consume 50% less space than before 
  • Better multi-window and actionable notifications 
  • 48 More Changes and more..
  • More detailed article on Android N is Coming

Google Keyboard 5.1

Google revealed Google Keyboard 5.1 which features 13 different color themes for Android Keyboard. Emojis and Themes are the two major features embedded in Google Keyboard 5.1. 

Chromebook Android Apps Support

Android apps are just what Chromebooks needed, Google announced that Chrome OS will soon support android apps. This is one of the biggest and impactful news which Google waited until day 2 to announce.

Android Auto

This year at developer's conference Android Auto also gained the fair share of the attention. The Android Auto update includes Waze Support with the help of which users will be able to navigate in traffic better, Wireless Support and Voice activation improvement with “OK Google".

Project Soli

Google introduce Project Soli at its I/O conference, a radar technology which will enable Touchless interaction with your devices. Currently the project is on its early stages and will firstly be available on wearables. Google unveils the new chip at conference and shows it's demonstration on smartwatch. The chip will let you navigate through the elements of the watch by simply moving your hands closer to the watch.

Project Ara

From last couple of years Google's been working on most intuitive project- Project Ara which is now started to feel real with the announcement that a developer device will be coming later this year. Its also been said that the Project Ara model smartphone will be hit the customers shelves in 2017.
Google Unveiled Google Play Family Library which will allow you to share Music, Books, TV Shows and much more things to all the devices of family. This will make android devices more shareable among the family.

Google Duo

Google unveiled Duo a new video calling app at it's I/O 2016 event. It's a simple, fast one-to-one video calling app for everyone- whether you are an Android user or iOS, whether you have a fast connection or slow, whether you live in India or US. Same as Allo, the app is based on your phone number so you can easily get in touch with anyone on your phone book.


This was all from the 12 Biggest Announcements From Google I/O 2016.

Benny Singh
Forever Tinkering With Gadgets

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