What To Expect Tomorrow During Google's Biggest Event Of The Year!
|Google CEO Larry Page at last year's I/O event.|
Google I/O is the company's developers conference, but it's also the event that sets the tone for most of the company's consumer products for the next year or so.
Here's a breakdown of what to expect.
Android Wear is Google's new wearable computing operating system that it introduced a few months ago. LG and Motorola have both showed off prototypes of smartwatches running Android Wear, but those products don't even have a launch date yet. Many are expecting Google and its Android Wear partners to announce more details on availability. We've also heard rumors that Samsung will show off an Android Wear watch during the event.
Home automation/home security
Ahead of Google I/O, Google's Nest division announced it's opening up its platform so any device maker can make everyday objects like lights and doorlocks "smart" and talk to each other. Nest is the company that makes smart thermostats and smoke detectors. Google bought it for $3.2 billion last year. Nest, in turn, bought WiFi camera company Dropcam last week for $555 million.
The new Nest platform already has some big names tied to it like Jawbone and Mercedes. For example, your Mercedes can talk to your Nest thermostat and tell it when you're almost home. Then, your thermostat can kick in so your home is the right temperature by the time you arrive.
This is part of Google's push into the "internet of things" trend, and it'll likely give us some more details on it during the keynote.
Google TV, the software from 2010 that powered set-top boxes and some smart TVs, ended up being a failure. But it seems like Google is going to try again with a new, similar TV operating system called Android TV. In April, The Verge got its hands on some screenshots of the new Android TV interface. Based on the leak, it looks like Android TV will let you do the same things other streaming TV devices like Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV already do. That means streaming video from service like Netflix and Hulu. You'd also be able to watch stuff you purchase through Google Play, Google's online store for digital content.
The big question will be how Google pitches Android TV this time around.