With less than a month to go until the tech giant’s annual developer conference, Google I/O related news is beginning to ramp up. A recently released schedule that includes over 160 sessions, reveals a few hints about what we can expect to see at this year’s event.
A Photos session on May 9th that’s curiously titled ‘What’s new in Google Photos,’ has raised questions as to what could Google be planning to show off in the cross-platform app. The description of the Photos workshop does state that “this session will preview some exciting updates to Google Photos.” This means that it does seem like there will be at least some new features shown off at I/O.
Another Session is focused on building interactive search results in Google. So far the only tools that can be accessed are developed by the search giant like the calculator app, or the coin flip app. These tools can be accessed from the main page of search results without needing to dive into a specific webpage.
The session at I/O makes it seem like the company is going to allow other developers to begin creating their own search tools, which could make Google Search easier and more streamlined in the future. The only caveat here is that it looks like the feature will only be for search on Android and not desktop.
There is also a “What’s New With Android TV” session on May 8th that discusses new features for Android TV developers and how the platform will evolve in the future. While this description is vague, it’s been a while since much news related to Android TV has been released.
One of the more exciting previews seems set to be focused on Google’s automotive technology efforts. The description states that it will show “an exciting preview of what’s ahead” and how automotive will impact Android developers. This is another section of Android that launched a few years ago and hasn’t seen much in the way of updates since. This means that anything new that’s Android Auto related could be game-changing.
There are quite a few sessions related to Google Assistant, as well as ones focused on developing actions, games for Assistant and another for integrating Google Assistant with Android apps. These are just a few of the over 10 assistant based sessions that will take place during I/O.
While none of these session descriptions reveal anything new about Assistant, they do show that Google is working hard to make it a more open platform for developers.