CanCon Podcast Ep. 114: Will Google I/0 2018 reveal a coherent plan for messaging on Android?

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Here’s the thing: Facebook has had a not so great 2018. But when you’re a tech company that hosts an annual developer conference, sometimes the show must go on, even if there isn’t much to show for.

Facebook’s F8 conference announcements were mostly a collection of the mundane or expected (more stories and video chat!), indicating a tech company with either too many divisions working on the same thing, or one unwilling to announce important news until the heat dies down. Maybe both.


There was one big bet, however, and boy was it creepy. Or an automatic win and Facebook’s most natural product launch, depending on who you ask. I’ll say this: a company that responds to very loud privacy concerns with a product to find you a mate by sorting through your personal data is a company perhaps too big to fail (or stop).

This week finds Google stepping up to the plate with a developer conference all its own. The expectation for Google I/O is a streamlined performance from one of the world’s biggest tech companies, with fewer announcements presented in a tighter, more coherent package. Is it too much to hope that said coherent package contains an honest-to-god plan for messaging on Android? Slide into our DMs and tell us what you think.

Join us as the CanCon crew – Erin Bury, Eighty-Eight managing director; Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup managing editor; and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit editor-in-chief – answers the question: what’s love got to do with it?

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CanCon Podcast Episode 114 (05/07/18)

F8 was weird, man
Everything Facebook launched at F8 and Why
Facebook’s Oculus Go VR headset now shipping to Canada
Someone just read ‘Ready Player One’
WhatsApp founder plans to leave after broad clashes with parent Facebook
WhatsApp founder plans to leave after broad clashes with parent Facebook
That’s one reason to leave a job

What to expect from Google I/O
What to expect from Google I/O 2018
Exclusive: Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Nice to Luv You” by 54-40
Ad music: “Dreams” by Joakim Karud

Source: BetaKit